Asakusa’s Ryounkaku Tower to be revived

Asakusa’s Ryounkaku Tower is going to make a reappearance as a new theatre under construction will feature a facade replicating the original historic tower.

The Maruhan Shochiku Rokku Tower is scheduled to open in December 2014. At 48 meters tall, it will be 4 meters shorter than the original tower.

The was a 12-storey octagonal tower built in 1890. It was designed by British engineer , who spent most of his career in Japan. The first 10 floors were brick, while the top observation floors were wood.