Akihabara Radio Kaikan
|Akihabara Radio Kaikan|
Akihabara Radio Kaikan in July 2014
|Location||Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan|
|Completed||November 1962 (old building)|
|Opening||20 July 2014(new building)|
|Owner||Akihabara Radiokaikan Co.,Ltd|
|Roof||46.5 m (153 ft)|
The Akihabara Radio Kaikan (秋葉原ラジオ会館 Akihabara Rajio Kaikan) is a commercial building in Tokyo and is one of the more well-known landmarks in the Akihabara district. The recent building was built in 2014 after the old building was demolished in 2011. The building is 46.5 m high, is ten levels from the ground floor and has two basement levels. The current building primarily hosts stores selling otaku goods.
The old 8-story building was built in November 1962 becoming the first high rise building in Akihabara. The building became the home of electronics shops selling component and parts. After the otaku culture started to establish itself in Akihabara, shops selling otaku goods moved into Radio Kaikan.
Concerns were raised in 2010 regarding the structural integrity of Radio Kaikan due to the building's age. The building was closed for demolition in August 2011 and a new building was built in its place.
In popular culture
- The building plays a prominent role in the Steins;Gate franchise.
- "Akihabara Radio Kaikan is Finally Reopening on July 20". Tokyo Otaku Mode. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "The Face of Akihabara Has Returned! Radio Kaikan Grand Opening!". Tokyo Otaku Mode. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "ANIME NEWS: New modern Akihabara Radio Kaikan set to open doors in July". The Asahi Shimbun. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Akihabara Radio Kaikan - Gallery". Akihabara Radio Kaikan (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 March 2015.