Exploring Shizuoka with International Students Part 1
Panoramic View of Mount Fuji from Nihondaira Yume Terrace

'Nihondaira Yume Terrace,' located in Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, offers a breathtaking panoramic view of famous landmarks across Shizuoka, such as Mount Fuji, Suruga Bay, and Miho-no-Matsubara, from its elevation of 300 meters. 
The building, designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates Architectural Design Office, uses abundant locally sourced wood from Shizuoka.

We visited this Nihondaira Yume Terrace with Li Jiang Hua, a graduate student at University of Shizuoka, who expressed a fondness for this location.

Li: "The view of the sea, Mount Fuji, and the city from the terrace is incredibly pleasant. It's my favorite place, and every time my friends come to Shizuoka, I always bring them here. During summer vacation, I brought my family who came to visit me from China. My hometown is inland in China, far from the sea. The beautiful scenery from the terrace left a deep impression on my family.

Every time I come to Nihondaira Yume Terrace, I take pictures of Mount Fuji. For Chinese people, Mount Fuji is one of the typical symbols of Japan. In Fujinomiya City, where I lived when I first came to Japan to study, Mount Fuji was visible every day and it was quite close. I arrived in Japan in winter, and Mount Fuji was exceptionally beautiful then. At that time, my phone's photo album was full of pictures of Mount Fuji."

Li: "I also enjoy watching the sunset from the terrace. In winter, you can see beautiful shooting stars at night. Every December, my fellow international students and I come to watch the shooting stars.

There is a monthly night market called 'Nihondaira Yomise', which is quite popular among both tourists and locals. It's a unique event where interesting shops selling food and handmade goods, and I often come here to have fun."

'Nihondaira Yume Terrace' is a spot where you can enjoy breathtaking views regardless of the season or time of day. Thank you for joining us, Li!

  • Spot Details:
    • Name: Nihondaira Yume Terrace
    • Website:
    • Address: 600-1 Kusanagi, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka 424-0886, Japan
    • Access:
      • Approximately 40 minutes by bus from JR Shizuoka Station (bus stop 11, north exit)
      • Approximately 25 minutes by bus from JR Higashi-Shizuoka Station (south exit)
        ※Get off at "Nihondaira Yume Terrace Entrance" on the Nihondaira Line Nihondaira Ropeway and walk about 5 minutes.
    • Business Hours:
      • Sunday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
      • Saturday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
        ※The observation corridor is accessible all day.
    • Closed:
      • Every 2nd Tuesday of the month (if the 2nd Tuesday is a holiday, the following weekday will be closed)
      • Year-end (December 26 to December 31)
    • Google Map:

Graduate student, University of Shizuoka Li Jiang Hua

From China. She came to Japan in 2017. After studying Japanese for two years at a Japanese school, she entered the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Shizuoka. Currently a first year graduate student at the University of Shizuoka. In graduate school, she is studying international society and culture.