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Kengo Kuma's stunning hilltop terrace offers sweeping views of Mt Fuji and surrounds

Kengo Kuma's stunning hilltop ...
The Nihondaira Yume Terrace offers panoramic views of Mt Fuji and the Nihondaira scenic area
The Nihondaira Yume Terrace offers panoramic views of Mt Fuji and the Nihondaira scenic area
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Beneath the air corridor adjoining the Nihondaira Yume Terrace
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Beneath the air corridor adjoining the Nihondaira Yume Terrace
The Nihondaira Yume Terrace offers panoramic views of Mt Fuji and the Nihondaira scenic area
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The Nihondaira Yume Terrace offers panoramic views of Mt Fuji and the Nihondaira scenic area
Visitors to Japan’s famous Mt Fuji have yet another vantage point for their holiday snaps, thanks to a recently completed observation deck by famed local architect Kengo Kuma
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Visitors to Japan’s famous Mt Fuji have yet another vantage point for their holiday snaps, thanks to a recently completed observation deck by famed local architect Kengo Kuma
A look at the interior of the Nihondaira Yume Terrace
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A look at the interior of the Nihondaira Yume Terrace
Though it sits above a nearby plateau with scenic views in every direction, the Nihondaira Yume Terrace, with a striking design and interactive exhibitions, is set up to become an attraction in its own right
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Though it sits above a nearby plateau with scenic views in every direction, the Nihondaira Yume Terrace, with a striking design and interactive exhibitions, is set up to become an attraction in its own right
Inside Nihondaira Yume Terrace
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Inside Nihondaira Yume Terrace
A look at the exterior of the Nihondaira Yume Terrace
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A look at the exterior of the Nihondaira Yume Terrace
Though it sits above a nearby plateau with scenic views in every direction, the Nihondaira Yume Terrace, with a striking design and interactive exhibitions, is set up to become an attraction in its own right
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Though it sits above a nearby plateau with scenic views in every direction, the Nihondaira Yume Terrace, with a striking design and interactive exhibitions, is set up to become an attraction in its own right

Visitors to Japan's famous Mt Fuji have yet another vantage point for their holiday snaps, thanks to a recently completed observation deck by famed local architect Kengo Kuma. Though it sits above a nearby plateau with scenic views in every direction, the Nihondaira Yume Terrace, with a striking design and interactive exhibitions, is designed to become an attraction in its own right.

Nihondaira is a scenic area in the Shizuoka prefecture that draws visitors from all over Japan and abroad for its scenery, which includes, of course, Unesco World Heritage Site Mt Fuji. Visitors to the Nihondaira Yume Terrace can learn about the history of the area through interactive displays on the ground floor, and also enjoy refreshments in the lounge on the second floor.

But the crowning glory is the observation deck on level three, which sits well above the plateau and offers uninterrupted views in every direction. This includes a clear look at Mt Fuji itself, but also on offer are views of Suruga Bay (Japan's deepest), the 120-km-long (75 mi) Southern Alps and the Izu Peninsula.

Inside Nihondaira Yume Terrace
Inside Nihondaira Yume Terrace

These can be enjoyed from the open air decking or from inside via floor-to-ceiling windows, where the interior is spectacularly topped by an eye-catching arrangement of locally sourced cedar blocks, designed to appear like dense branches. This kind of playful pattern is typical of Kuma's works, and can also be seen throughout the Nihondaira Yume Terrace's interior and exterior.

Beneath the air corridor adjoining the Nihondaira Yume Terrace
Beneath the air corridor adjoining the Nihondaira Yume Terrace

That includes beneath the so-called air corridor, an exterior walkway designed to offer additional perspectives of Mt Fuji and give visitors the sensation of "walking above the ground."

Source: Kengo Kuma

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