Nishiyama was born in Fukuoka in 1961. He received Doctor of Engineering in Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering and was Professor at Kyushu Institute of Design, Kyushu University. He assumed his current position as Director of the Center for Advanced Tourism Studies at Hokkaido University in 2013. His areas of specialization are in Architecture, Urban Planning Science, Tourism, and Cultural Heritage Management. He is Expert Advisor for the Culture Advisory Committee of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Advisor for the Tourism Development Sector, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) , Deputy Chief of the Japan Society of Urban Planning Hokkaido Branch, and President of the Shirakawa Village Landscape Committee. One of his major publications is “Sustainable relationship-Building between Tourism of and Cultural Heritage Management (original language in Japanese with tentative title translation in English) “Noriaki Nishiyama ed., National Museum of Ethnology, 2006.