A plateau at the centre of Shizuoka city, with a maximum altitude of 308 metres (1,010 ft), Nihondaira is famous for its views of Mt. Fuji, the Izu Peninsula, the Japanese Southern Alps, Shimizu Port, and Suruga Bay. It was selected by the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbun and Osaka Mainichi Shimbun. as one of the top 100 Landscapes of Japan in 1927.
The Nihondaira Ropeway connects Nihondaira to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine in 5 minutes. The area lends its name to the home stadium of J. League football team Shimizu S-Pulse, who play at Nihondaira Stadium.
- By bus: from Shizuoka Station or Higashi-Shizuoka Station of JR Tokaido Main Line.
- By car: from Shizuoka IC or Shimizu IC of Tomei Expressway.