Izakaya Mina Mina

By 22nd December 2007 June 28th, 2014 People, Travel Tips

Manager Matsura Shougo (pictured) and owner Outa Mitsuaki are good friends who met in Niseko about 11 years ago. Matsu was born in Tomamu – near the famous ski resort of the same name and moved to Furano when he was 18, before making the move to Niseko. A few years ago they decided to open Mina Mina as a place to hang out and spend time with friends in a happy environment. The name is actually a play on words – in Japanese Mina means ‘everyone’ and in the language of Hokkaido’s indigenous Ainu people it means smile. Drop into this popular Izakaya on any night and there’s a good chance everyone will be smiling. Their osusume (recommended dishes) are their gobo (plant root) chips which present as extra long potato chips, and their jyajya-men – Asian noodles topped with spicy minced pork and egg. Powderlife’s tip: try the Karaage – Japanese style fried chicken –  a big improvement on the western style.

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