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“Smile Terrace” Rooftop Observation Deck at Sendai Airport - Sweeping Panoramic View of Scenery

“Smile Terrace” Rooftop Observation Deck at Sendai Airport - Sweeping Panoramic View of Scenery

“Smile Terrace” Rooftop Observation Deck at Sendai Airport

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On March 19, Natori, Miyagi Prefecture-based Sendai Airport Building Co., Ltd. opened the Smile Terrace observation deck on the roof of Sendai Airport’s terminal building.

Roughly 80 flights land and depart daily at the airport and about 3 million travelers pass through each year. A Sendai Airport PR rep stated that the facility was set up due to numerous requests for “a rooftop observation deck to allow people to get closer to the aircraft,” as well as “expectations that the observation deck will complement the railway link to Sendai Airport and that it will make the airport more attractive.” Construction began in September of last year and was completed on March 15. The total project cost was 480 million yen.

The deck stands at a height of 23 meters and, including the tower, covers a total area of over 1,500 square meters. From the deck, visitors can see planes landing and taking off, as well as the high-rise buildings in downtown Sendai to the north, Mt. Zao to the west, the lagoon at Matsukawa-ura to the south, and the Mushika Peninsula, Mt. Kinka and the Pacific Ocean to the east in a “360-degree panoramic view with thoroughly enjoyable scenery year-round.” Benches and tables have been placed on the deck and stands selling light meals are open during good weather. Sendai Airport’s PR rep said, “We’d like all kinds of people to visit the deck as a place to relax, not just when travelers are waiting for their flights. We’d especially like children to come play here and inspire them to dream of the skies and foster an interest in science.”

The deck is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. An admission charge of 100 yen applies, though elementary children and younger can enter for free.

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