Red Salmon Dishes
Lake Akan offers the rare chance to eat landlocked kokanee salmon called himemasu. This species of salmon is known for its particularly great taste. It is truly rare species in Japan as it can only be found in Lake Akan and Chimikeppu Lake. It is known to have a strong taste and a high water content, making it suitable both for barbequing or eating it raw as sashimi. The origin of the kokanee salmon in Hokkaido can be traced back to when sockeye salmon that swam back to Lake Akan remained their and evolved so that they spent their entire life in the lake. Currently, this kokanee salmon is designated as an endangered species and only a predetermined number can be caught each year. All of the himemasu served at Lake Akan are natural. Depending on the restaurant, some menu items are only serviced in season from May to July, because the fish loses its freshness so fast. You can also purchase himemasu sushi as a souvenir from the Lake Akan Fishing Cooperative.