Attractions

OK Yokocho OK横丁

Head to this nostalgic and connival drinking street where everything is literally "OK"

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.'

Don't Miss

  • Grilling your own tuna cheek on a portable charcoal BBQ
  • Sampling top-class sake and shochu in a Showa era bar
  • Indulging in izakaya pub-food fare from yakitori chicken skewers to hot pot stews

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.