A study on the spatial characteristics and the actual usage of street terrace seating - Case study in daikanyama and yurakucho

Gaku Inoue, Mio Suzuki, Jorge Almazan

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Although terrace seating is widely recognized as a contributor to urban liveliness, in Japan it is strictly restricted by regulations. This paper examines two types of outdoor seating in Tokyo: cafés in Daikanyama located on private land plots, and Japanese-style taverns in Yurakucho illegally located on the public street. The results show the spatial characteristics and actual usage of these two types, and suggest the necessity to develop guidelines adapted to diverse urban situations in order to support street life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-704
Number of pages6
JournalAIJ Journal of Technology and Design
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun


  • Catering establishments
  • Liveliness
  • Outdoor seating
  • Street space
  • Urban regulations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction

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