Past, Present, and Future Views in Tokyo

  • Yu Okamura
Part of the International Perspectives in Geography book series (IPG, volume 8)


Views within and from a city make spatial experiments productive. These views make it easier to understand the importance of a city’s image as held by urban planners and designers. Based on literature reviews and data gathered from the author’s research on views in Tokyo, this chapter establishes four phases – “foundation,” “creation,” “obscuration,” and “conservation” – for views in Edo and Tokyo, in the context of urban transformation, and overviews the historical transition of views in Tokyo. Finally, this chapter concludes that we need sophisticated theories and techniques of view management planning to consider how we can create new views, while taking into account existing urban issues; we also need to formulate ideas for taking advantage of views as local resources, to raise a shared awareness of the importance of views in our daily experiences.


View Vista Panorama Conservation Town planning Landscape planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Tourism Science, Faculty of Urban Environmental SciencesTokyo Metropolitan UniversityTokyoJapan

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