Their beginnings harking back to post World War II, Japan's nostalgic drinking alleyways are a hit with locals and tourists alike, and Akabane is no exception. Minutes from Akabane Station, OK Yokocho—otherwise known as OK Alley—is a laneway brimming with about 30 bars and standing-only restaurants where you're encouraged to embrace the area's motto, 'everything that's OK to eat and drink.'
OK Yokocho has long been a prime drinking and eating spot for salaried workers after the business day is done. Harking back to the Showa era after World War II, the laneway's atmosphere leans to old-school authentic—homely yet delicious food and chatty bar owners—instead of trendy upscale dining.
The laneway springs to life from late afternoon when the area takes on a nostalgic glow. With neon signs alight and lanterns swinging overhead, wander the strip, bar hop and make the effort to join in some lively conversation and eating.