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Site Name HG PG MPG
Sky Park Kanpuzan (2010)
Chokaisan Sky Area (2003)    
Ohdai Sky Area (2003)  
Izumisawa Sky Area (2003)    
Tonoseyama Sky Area (2003)
Kunimi-dake Sky Area (2003)
Kokuzo-yama Sky Area (2003)    
Jeunesse Kurikoma Sky Area (2003)    
  • In the Ratings of Takeoff, Condition of Flight and Landing, 5 means exremely demanding and 1 means the easiest in comparison.
  • PG=paraglider  HG=hang glider  MPG=motor paraglider  JR=Japan Railway

HG PG MPG
 Site Name Sky Park Kanpuzan
 Description Located on grassy hills near the sea in the quasi-national park having constant air current, suitable for beginner's training. Three takeoffs for different wind directions would make for almost all directions. It will, however, be tough for beginners when wind is easterly. The site is controlled by Kanpuzan Paraglider School thanks to support by local government (Oga City), Oga-shi Tourist Association, Kanpuzan Shopping District Society, and group of landowners. Kanpuzan Paraglider School is a member of Oga-shi Tourist Association and Kanpuzan Shopping District Society.
 Location Kanpuzan, Oga-shi, Akita Prefecture
 Access
By Car Approx. 20 minutes heading for Oga Peninsula from Showa-Oga ramp of Akita Expressway. Keep following dirctions on signboards.
By Train Get off at Wakimoto Station of JR Oga Line, then 7 minutes' ride by car. Pick up service is provided for free subject to prior notice of arrival.
 Flying Season Year round (due to strong seasonal wind in snow season from mid December thru early March, probability of taking off becomes low.)
 School Yes
 Name of School JMB Akita Kanpuzan Paraglider School
 Bilingual Staff Japanese/English
 Contact
Name Kanpuzan Paraglider School
Address 1-1 Aza Kanpuzan, Wakimoto Tominaga, Oga-city, Akita Prefecture, Japan 010-0344
TEL 0185-25-2077
FAX 0185-25-2077 or 0185-47-9036
Email kanpu@airgeo.com
URL http://www.kanpu.jp/
Check-in Desk 09:00∼17:00 (every day except days of bad weather and snow season)
 Visitor Rating JHF-P, JPA-P or IPPI ParaPro 4 (this does not apply when accompanied by an instructor)
 Member's Fee
 Visitor Fee JY2,000/day (incl shuttle service)
 Takeoff (TO) 1
Name Tenbodai (observation platform) Takeoff
Direction NNE∼WSW
Terrain Sloping down gradually from approx. 3° to 25°.
Rating 1
Size Wide
TO ASL 350m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Keep away from big radio antenna of police and revolving observation platform.
 Condition of Flight (1)
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 35%  Ridge Soarings 45%  Sleddies 20%
Rating 1
Altitude TO∼LD 150m
Distance TO∼LD 500m
Site Comment Thermal lift right after taking off, and watch out for direction when making turn.
 Landing (LD) (1)
Size Wide spread grass-covered
Terrain All but flat
Rating 1
LD ASL 200m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Need to cross over roads before making landing and pay attention to altitude.
 Access LD∼TO (1) Paved road, shuttle bus is available and no need to fold up gliders.
 Takeoff (TO) 2
Name South Takeoff
Direction SE∼SW
Terrain Moderate slope, from 10 degree to more gradually.
Rating 1
Size Spacious
TO ASL 300m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Good slope, top landing is possible, watch out many visitors spectating your landing.
 Condition of Flight (2)
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 35%  Ridge Soarings 35%  Sleddies 30%
Rating 1 (Thermal here is not easy one.)
Altitude (TO∼LD) 80m
Distance (TO∼LD) Approx. 300m
Site Comment Variable flight courses, and none of them has anything blocking the view during flight.
 Landing (2)
Size Wide(Takeoff and landing are on the same grassy slope.)
Terrain Moderate slope, no difficulty.
Rating Paraglider×1  Hang glider×3
LD ASL 220m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Usually side wind comes in, but final approach for landing would be going parallel with the road.
 Access LD∼TO (2) Paved road, shuttle bus is available, and no need to fold up glider.
 Takeoff (TO) 3
Name East Takeoff
Direction NE∼ E
Terrain Slope gets steeper gradually from 3° but comparatively moderate.
Rating 3
Size Wide space, top landing is possible.
TO ASL 330m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Not easy when no wind. Iron railing to prevent avalanche at the end of takeoff.
 Condition of Flight (3)
Condition of Flight Thermal Soarings 40%  Ridge Soarings 40%  Sleddies 20%
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD 110m
Distance TO∼LD 800m
Site Comment Bypassing two ridges, need to make 180 degree turn before landing.
 Landing (LD) (3)
Size Same LD with that of South TO, wide space
Terrain Moderate slope and no difficulty.
Rating 1
LD ASL 200m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Need to make 180 degree turn before landing, ask the school for guidance.
 Access LD∼TO (3) Paved road, shuttle bus available, no need to fold up glider.
 Cross Country Flight JHF-XC, JPA-Expert, or IPPI ParaPro 5, subject to receiving briefing in advance.
 Place of Interest Oga-onsen hot spring, campsite, Health Land, Landscape of Oga Peninsula, aquarium, etc. Kanpuzan Paraglider School has been, as being a member, working together with Oga-shi tourist Association and Kanpuzan Shopping District Society to introduce tourist facilities by distributing sightseeing maps and brochures.
 Others Individual visitors, training tour by schools, demonstration or trial flight of new models by dealers, and others are welcome. Please let us know of your visit in advance.
 Last updated 2010/3/17
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HG
 Site Name Chokaisan Sky Area
 Description Large scale site located at the 5th station of famous peak Mt.Chokai which rises prefectural boundary between Akita and Yamagata from where you would enjoy flying by seeing evening sun setting in the Sea of Japan
 Location 5-gome, Aza Hokotate, Chokaisan, Kisakata-machi, Yuri-gun, Akita Prefecture
 Access
By Car 1 and a half hours from Akita City, 1 hour from Honjo City
By Train A half hour by car from Kisakata Station of Uetsu Main Line
 Flying Season May∼November
 School No
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name FE Honjo Shiraki Satoru
Address 16-3 Shiogoe, 1-chome, Kisakata-machi, Yuri-gun, Akita Prefecture, Japan 018-0126
TEL 0184-43-6585
FAX
Email
URL
Check-in Desk 09:00 ∼09:30
 Visitor Rating JHF-P or IPPI SafePro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Hokotate 5th Station Takeoff
Direction W SW NW
Terrain Slope
Rating 5
Size Narrow
TO ASL 1,000m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings   %  Ridge Soarings   %  Sleddies   %
Rating 5
Altitude TO∼LD 1,000m
Distance TO∼LD 15km
Site Comment
 Landing (LD)
Size Extensive
Terrain Flat, sandy beach on the seasore
Rating 5
LD ASL 0m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Access LD∼TO 30 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Not allowed
 Place of Interest Kisakata-machi town is famous for Haiku (Japanese poem in 5-7-5 syllabic form) by Matsuo Basho; "Kisakata in the rain, Nebu flowers are in bloom quietly, recalling Seishi great beauty". (Nemu: Japanese silk tree) Sunset cruising flying over Hisakata-machi by watching evening sun setting in the Sea of Japan is very cool for expert pilot. Tasting of well-known natural rock oyster of Hisakata in summer season is also incredible.
 Others
 Last updated 4/25/2003
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HG PG
 Site Name Ohdai Sky Area
 Description The site is a part of ski area run by Ota-machi and paved road leads to takeoff at the mountain top.
 Location Ohdai Ski Area, Aza Kawaguchi, Ota-machi, Senboku-gun, Akita Prefecture
 Access
By Car 1 and a half hours from Morioka City or Akita City, 30 minutes from Omagari City or Yokote City
By Train
 Flying Season Mid April∼Mid December
 School Yes
 Name of School Ohdai EX Paragliding School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Ohdai EX Paragliding School
Address 8-11 Oh-machi, Omagari City, Akita Prefecture, Japan 014-0025
TEL 0187-63-0520
FAX 0187-63-4615
Email saneicon@rose.ocn.ne.jp
URL http://www.skyangel.co.jp
Check-in Desk 09:00 ∼09:30
 Visitor Rating JHF-NP or IPPI SafePro/ParaPro 3 accompanied by JHF-P or SafePro/ParaPro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee Nil
 Visitor Fee Free
 Takeoff (TO)
Name
Direction SW W NW
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size Spacious enough
TO ASL 430m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings   %  Ridge Soarings   %  Sleddies   %
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD PG 230m  HG 300m
Distance TO∼LD PG Within ski slope  HG 1.5km
Site Comment Be cautious about ski lift set on ski slope and night time lighting poles.
 Landing (LD)
Size PG 50m×70m HG 60m×100m
Terrain PG Slope  HG Rice field
Rating 5
LD ASL PG 200m  HG 130m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Airspace for paraglidr is limited because there are ski lift, lighting poles and lodge.
 Access LD∼TO PG 30 minutes and HG 10 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest The site is part of the area managed by Ohta-machi Life Resort Company and it provides public vacation facilities, tourist attractions, spa and lodges in natural park designated by the prefecture.
 Others
 Last updated 4/25/2003
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HG
 Site Name Izumisawa Sky Area
 Description Being located in south of Yuzawa City, the area makes addictive for hangglider manicac.
 Location Aza Izumisawa, Sugawa, Ogachi-machi, Ogachi-gun, Akita Prefecture
 Access
By Car 1 and a half hours from Akita City, 20 minutes from Yuzawa City
By Train Mitsuseki Station of JR Oh-u Main Line
 Flying Season May∼November
 School No
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Akita Hangglider Club
Address 50 Aza Kohya, Kamitomachi, Ugo-machi, Ogachi-gun, Akita Prefecture, Japan 012-1241
TEL 0183-67-2055
FAX
Email
URL
Check-in Desk 09:00 ∼09:30
 Visitor Rating JHF-P or IPPI SafePro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Izumisawa
Direction E SE
Terrain Slope
Rating 4
Size Narrow
TO ASL 450m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings   %  Ridge Soarings   %  Sleddies   %
Rating 4
Altitude TO∼LD 350m
Distance TO∼LD 1km
Site Comment
 Landing (LD)
Size Extensive
Terrain Flat
Rating 4
LD ASL 100m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Access LD∼TO 20 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Not allowed
 Place of Interest You would fly looking over Omono River between Yuzawa City i.e. country of excellent Sake and beautiful woman and home of Ono-no-Komachi (historical beauty), Ogachi-machi and roadside refreshment station (Komachi-no-sato) beautiful store clerks welcome you.
 Others
 Last updated 4/25/2003
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HG PG MPG
 Site Name Tonoseyama Sky Area
 Description The area is located at south side of Tashiro-dake massif, southeastern end of Shirakami Mountains.
 Location Aza Tonoseyama, Iwase, Tashiro-machi, Kita-Akita-gun, Akita Prefecture
 Access
By Car 1 and a half hours from Akita City, half hour from Ohdate City and Noshiro City, 1 hour from Hirosaki City.
By Train Get off at Yayakuchi Station of JR Ou Main Line
 Flying Season End April∼November
 School Yes
 Name of School Hokushu Sky Sports Club
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Komatsu Ken'etsu at Hokushu Sky Sports Club
Address Kobushi-no-ie 48-2 Aza Kami Karuishino, Tashiro-machi, Kita-Akita-gun, Akita Prefecture, Japan 018-3501
TEL 016-54-0015
FAX 0186-54-0015
Email
URL
Check-in Desk 08:00 ∼09:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-NP or IPPI SafePro/ParaPro 3 accompanied by JHF-P or SafePro/ParaPro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Tonoseyama
Direction E SE S
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size 100m×50m
TO ASL 650m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Turf bound and well maintained takeoff would give pilots no pressure.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings   %  Ridge Soarings   %  Sleddies   %
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD 550m
Distance TO∼LD 1.5km
Site Comment Condition would be outstanding in the morning because the site faces SE.
 Landing (LD)
Size 100m×100m
Terrain Flat
Rating 3
LD ASL 80m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Nothing particular to mention.
 Access LD∼TO 40 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Not allowed
 Place of Interest The area is located within Shirakami Mountains, registered as a World Natural Haritage, and several spas, lodges and restaurants are there aroud
 Others
 Last updated 4/25/2003
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HG PG
 Site Name Kunimi-dake Sky Area
 Description The area is located in east of the center of Inagawa-machi, where demonstration event of paragliding was held for 2007 National Athletic Meet.
 Location Aza Mitsunashi, Inagawa-machi, Ogachi-gun, Akita Prefecture
 Access
By Car 1 and a half hours from Akita City, half hour from Yuzawa City and Yokote City
By Train
 Flying Season End April∼November
 School No
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Miura Shozo at Inagawa Sky Sports Club
Address 117 Mitakedou, Inagawa-machi, Ogachi-gun, Akita Prefecture, Japan 012-0131
TEL 0183-42-3304
FAX 0183-42-3304
Email
URL
Check-in Desk 09:00 ∼09:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-C/NP or IPPI SafePro/ParaPro 3 accompanied by JHF-P or SafePro/ParaPro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee No
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Kunimidake
Direction W NW N
Terrain Slope
Rating 5
Size 20m×10m
TO ASL 560m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment It is narrow and short, and you would need to be able to do cliff launch.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings   %  Ridge Soarings   %  Sleddies   %
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD 430m
Distance TO∼LD 1.6km
Site Comment Altitude of more than 300m right after takeoff would help you to stay in the sky longer.
 Landing (LD)
Size 100m×100m
Terrain Flat
Rating 2
LD ASL 130m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment There are several fallow fields which give you no problem for landing.
 Access LD∼TO 20 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest Inagawa-machi is famous for production of Family Buddhist alter, Mitsunashi Beef and Inaniwa Udon noodle and foods are good taste. Minase-mura village, on the south of Inagwa-machi, is within Kurikoma Quasi-National Park and several tourist attractions, spas and lodging are found.
 Others
 Last updated 4/25/2003
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HG
 Site Name Kokuzo-yama Sky Area
 Description Area located in east of Honjo City is for hangglider maniac.
 Location Aza Kokuzo-yama, Honjo City, Akita Prefecture
 Access
By Car 1 hour from Akita City, a half hour from Honjo City
By Train Get off at Honjo Station of JR Uetsu Line
 Flying Season May∼November
 School No
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Sato Hiroyuki at EF Honjo
Address 152-1 Aza Hiwatari, Ouchi-machi, Yuri-gun, Akita Prefecture, Japan 018-0711
TEL 0184-65-3249
FAX
Email
URL
Check-in Desk 09:00 ∼09:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-P or IPPI SafePro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee No
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name
Direction W
Terrain Slope
Rating 4
Size Narrow
TO ASL 350m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings   %  Ridge Soarings   %  Sleddies   %
Rating 4
Altitude TO∼LD 250m
Distance TO∼LD 1km
Site Comment
 Landing (LD)
Size Narrow
Terrain Slope
Rating 4
LD ASL 100m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Access LD∼TO 20 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Not allowed
 Place of Interest
 Others
 Last updated 4/25/2003
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PG
 Site Name Jeunesse Kurikoma Sky Area
 Description The area is in Jeunesse Kurikoma Ski Resort located in eastern parat of Higashi Naruse-mura.
 Location Aza Yanagisawa, Iwaikawa, Higashi-Naruse-mura, Ogachi-gun, Akita Prefecture
 Access
By Car 1 hour and a half from Akita City, half hour from Yuzawa City and Yokote City, 1 hour from Omagari City
By Train No
 Flying Season End April∼End November
 School yes
 Name of School Sky Riders Paraglider School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Sasaki Sadashi at Sky Riders Paraglider School
Address Sennin-shita, Tagonai, Higashi-Naruse-mura, Ogachi-gun, Akita Prefecture, Japan 019-0801
TEL 0182-47-2907
FAX
Email
URL
Check-in Desk 09:00 ∼09:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-NP or IPPI ParaPro 3 accompanied by JHF-P or ParaPro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee No
 Visitor Fee Free
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Jeunesse Ski Area
Direction W NW SW
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size 50m×20m
TO ASL 430m/530m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Taking off from ski ground would give no pressure.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings   %  Ridge Soarings   %  Sleddies   %
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD 200m/300m
Distance TO∼LD 1km
Site Comment Attention is required to ski lift, lighting pole, lodges, etc.
 Landing (LD)
Size 50m×100m
Terrain Flt
Rating 4
LD ASL 230m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Extra attention is required to a lodges right in front of the landing field.
 Access LD∼TO 10 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Not allowed
 Place of Interest The area is in ski resort in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park and there are several spas, lodgings, restaurants, etc.
 Others
 Last updated 4/25/2003
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