Last month marked the end of an era in Akihabara, Tokyo, with the closure of the multi-story arcade, the Sega-Akihabara Second Building (also known as the Sega Building 2). For nearly 20 years, the seven-story building proudly welcomed visitors to the world's largest otaku neighborhood, often with gigantic banners hanging to the side of the building and starring the most popular series and characters of the moment.
But while the games, the crane machines (known in Japan as UFO Catchers) and the photo booths and decals have already been packaged and removed from the premises, the building itself, known as the "Dai Ichi Handa Building", it is still standing and is already looking for its next tenant for its first seven floors. Even if Sega has already decided to go elsewhere, the structure built in 1984 still has a great location, with fantastic visibility and lots of foot traffic going to and from Akihabara Station, just a two-minute walk away. And while the newly available flats aren't individually incredibly spacious, between the seven they still add up to more than 1,114 square feet of space in total.
So if the reader is interested in opening an establishment in the otaku heart of Tokyo, this is your chance, right? Well, that depends on the starting capital you have, since the monthly rent has been set at 15.4 million yen (approximately $ 146,500).
On top of that, there is a monthly building management and maintenance fee amounting to 935,000 yen. The interested party will also have to provide 12 months of rent as a deposit, which amounts to 184.8 million yen. Oh, and let's not forget the “reikin”, a non-refundable fee paid to the landlord before moving in, which is also in effect and will cost an additional month's rent. This means that, by the end of the first month, the new tenant should have delivered 215.6 million yen (approximately $ 2.05 million).
But hey, at least you can hang the exuberant posters that Sega placed on the outside of the building, right? Perhaps, because that also has a cost. Since the tenant is only renting the interior space and not buying the building, the basic lease does not grant rights to use the exterior of the structure. This is then a separate fee and an option with an additional monthly cost of 350,000 yen (approximately $ 3,300) plus, of course, the cost of making such posters.
Adding it all up, it is already becoming apparent why Sega abandoned the iconic location, especially when it was also paying rent for other establishments located a few blocks from the Dai Ichi Handa building. Separating the floors is also very difficult, as escalators connect both floors and therefore cannot be offered as separate properties. However, those with big pockets and dreams can start the building rental preparations at this link.