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Site Name HG PG MPG
Ashiosan Paraglider Flight Area (2013)    
Ashiosan Hang/Para Area (2010)
Higashi-Tsukuba Utopia Sky Park (2003)    
Itajiki Flight 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

PG
 Site Name Ashiosan Paraglider Flight Area
 Desctiption One of the leading flight areas in Japan for all seasons. Its location having favorable site condition provides enjoyable flight for all pilots from biginner to expert.
 Loation 576-1 Koya, Ishioka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan 315-0164
 Access
By Car About 30 minutes by shuttle from Tsuchiura-kita ramp of Joban Expressway.
By Train About 35 minutes by shuttle from Tsukuba Station of Tsukuba Express RR. About 30 minutes ride on bus to Kakio Shako stop from Ishioka Station of JR Joban Line, then 5 minutes by shuttle.
 Flying Season Year round
 School Yes
 Name of School Soratopia Tsukuba Paraglider School
 Bilingual Staff Japanese/English
 Contact
Name Soratopia Tsukuba Paraglider School
Address 576-1 Koya, Ishioka City, Ibaraki Prefectrure, Japan 315-0164
TEL 0299-44-0892
FAX 0299-44-0892
Email info@soratopia.jp
URL http://soratopia.jp/
Check-in desk 09:00∼17:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-P, JPA-Pilot or IPPI ParaPro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee JY2,700∼2,160/month (JY1,000/day)
 Visitor Fee JY5,400/day (JY3,780/day when reserved in advance)
 Takeoff (TO)
Name South Takeoff and North Takeoff
Direction SE∼SW and SE∼N
Terrain Mild∼flat slope
Rating 3
Size 50m∼100m
TO ASL 400m
GPS Coordinates N36°16′06.05″  E140°09′01.62″
Altitude TO∼LD 370m
Distance TO∼LD South 1,770m (L/D 4.78)
Site Comment Need to walk for about 1km but closer to the landing. Slope is flatter and you need to produce good run by placing load as much as you can to make good takeoff.
 Takeoff (TO)
Name TOP Takeoff
Direction NE∼SE
Terrain Flat∼flatter slope
Rating 3
Size 40m∼80m
TO ASL 500m
GPS Coordinates N36°16′30.80″  E140°08′45.24″
Site Comment No walking to TO. Take note that distance to LD is longer and wind may sometime venturi.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 80%  Ridge Soarings 50%  Sleddies 10%
Rating 2
Site Comment Gentle thermals may often start to lift between around South Takeoff and Landing, and beginners also can enjoy soaring. Good evening thermals too.
Landing (LD)
Size 100m×200m
Terrain Almost flat
Rating 2
LD ASL 30m
GPS Coordinates N36°15′44.23″  E140°10′09.49″
Site Comment Wide open enough with no obstacles and makes landing easier. Emergency landing field is provided because distance from the takeoff is a bit long.
 Access LD∼TO South/North TO: 30 minutes by car plus 10 minutes' walk
TOP TO: 30 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight JHF-XC or JPA-EX or IPPI ParaPro 5, subjecct to permission in advance
 Place of Interest Cable car and ropeway of Mt.Tsukuba, Flower Park, Hot spa Yuri-no-sato, Cafe Tree, Bakery BREAD, bean curd and soba noodle restaurant Shigefuji, people's lodage Tsukubane, Lamb restaurant Hitsuji-no-sato
 Others
 Last updated 2013/10/01
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HG PG MPG
 Site Name Ashiosan Hang/Para Area
 Desctiption One of the oldest area in Ibaraki Prefecture which has been opend since 1978. Beginner and intermediate pilots can enjoy soaring using either of thermal or ridge lifts.
 Loation Yasatomachi, Niihari-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture
 Access
By Car After getting off at Tsuchiura ramp of Joban Expressway, head for Tsukuba and make right turn at the first traffic signal to go on Purple Line which leads to a junction of three roads on the ridge (Asahi pass). Take the right one for Yasato and you'll get there in about 20 minutes' ride.
By Train Get off at Ishioka Station of JR Joban Line from Ueno Station and take Kanto Railways bus bound for Kakioka Shako. It's about 30 minutes' ride. We'll go and pick you up in about 5 minutes after receiving your call letting us know your arrival. On weekend and holidays, we'll pick you up at Ishioka Station subject to reservation in advance.
 Flying Season Year round
 School Yes
 Name of School nasa Hang Glider·Paraglider School
 Bilingual Staff Japanese/English
 Contact
Name nasa Hang Glider·Paraglider School
Address 1389-1 Uwaso, Ishioka City, Ibaraki Prefectrure, Japan 315-0157
TEL 0299-51-3215
FAX
Email info@nasa.ne.jp
URL http://nasa.ne.jp/
Check-in desk 09:00∼18:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI ParaPro 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY31,500/year
 Visitor Fee JY3,150/day
 Takeoff (TO) 1
Name Ashiosan Para East TO  Ashiosan Para South TO
Direction N NE E SE S 
Terrain Flat  Slope  Steep slope
Rating 2
Size East TO 30m×80m  South TO 50m×80m
TO ASL East/South 410m
GPS Coordinates N36°16′06.66″  E140°09′01.85″
Site Comment There is almost always a lift even in a lull of cloudy sky and you'd have thermal soaring in the morning. Ridge lift ealy in the evening when sea wind comes in would make it easier for beginner pilots enjoy ridge soaring.
 Takeoff (TO) 2
Name Ashiosan NASA Top TO
Direction N NE E SE S
Terrain Flat  Slope  Steep slope
Rating 3
Size 40m×80m
TO ASL 500m
GPS Coordinates N36°16′30.80″  E140°08′45.24″
Site Comment Higher altitude than East/South TO, but distance to LD is longer and winds converge in, this TO is opened for pilots having JHF-P rating and above.
 Takeoff (TO) 3
Name Ashiosan Para West TO
Direction NW W SW
Terrain Flat  Slope  Launch deck
Rating 4
Size 20m×50m
TO ASL 510m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment This is one of TOs for hang glider. Limitted space and long distance to LD. JHF-P rating and above are allowed to take off.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 80%  Ridge Soarings 50%  Sleddies 10%
Rating 2
Altitude TO∼LD East/South TO 370m  NASA Top TO 460m
Distance TO∼LD East/South TO 1,600m  NASA Top TO 2,200m
Site Comment Beginner pilots should be cautious about strong thermal on a clear day. In average, however, there would be mild thermals which are good for beginners. Ridge lift is one of good things we are proud of.
Landing (LD)
Size 100m×150m
Terrain Almost flat
Rating 3
LD ASL 40m
GPS Coordinates N36°15′37.80″  E140°10′11.60″
Site Comment Making final approach toward east or west paths is easy one, but it is a bit tough when making for south.
 Access LD∼TO 20 minutes by car plus 10 minutes' walk
 Cross Country Flight Subject to permission
 Place of Interest Sauna and hot spa, Yuri-no-sato, is popular among pilots. Many pilots would stay at lodging facility "Tsukubane" run by local town Yasato. Flower Park is one of popular sightseeing spots.
 Others Many people mention about Ashiosan Area when it comes to flying sites in Ibaraki Prefecture. Note: Comments stated in the above are for paragliding only and information regarding hang gliding is not included.
 Last updated 2010/3/07
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PG
 Site Name Higashi-Tsukuba Utopia Sky Park
 Desctiption Site where you can enjoy thermal soaring year round.
 Loation Yoshiu, Yasato-cho, Niihari-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture
 Access
By Car 20 minutes from Tsuchiura-Ita ramp of Johban Expressway.
By Train 20 minutes by car from Ishioka Station of JR Johban Line.
 Flying Season Year round
 School Yes
 Name of School Best Sports Outdoor School
 Bilingual Staff Yes, Japanese/English
 Contact
Name Best Sports Outdoor School
Address 3813 Yoshiu, Yasato-cho, Niihari-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan 315-0156
TEL 0299-36-4775
FAX 0299-36-4776
Email para@best-sp.com
URL http://paragliderjapan.com/
Check-in desk 09:00∼18:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-P or IPPI ParaPro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee JY30,500/year
 Visitor Fee JY2,500/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Higashi-Tsukuba Utopia Sky Park Takeoff
Direction NE NE E SE S sw
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size 2 paragliders
TO ASL 400m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 60%  Ridge Soarings 20%  Sleddies 20%
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD 320m
Distance TO∼LD 2km
Site Comment
Landing (LD)
Size 50m×100m
Terrain Flat
Rating 1
LD ASL 80m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Access LD∼TO 15 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest Higashi-Tsukuba Utopia (animals and plants park, monkey show), Flower Park (10 minuts by car), Yuri-no-Sato Hot Spring (10 minutes by car).
 Others
 Last updated 8/5/2003
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HG
 Site Name Itajiki Flight Area
 Desctiption For many years, activities regarding hanggliders have been very active in the area and leading makers of hanggliders and schools are making business together. The site has good access to takeoff and provides good flying conditions.
 Loation Ibaraki Prefecture
 Access
By Car 30 minutes north from Tsuchiura ramp of Joban Expressway
By Train
 Flying Season Year round
 School Yes
 Name of School Wind Sports, Opa, Breezy, and others
 Bilingual Staff Yes, Japanese/English
 Contact
Name Wind Sports, Opa, Breezy, others
Address c/o Bump, 1276 Koya, Yasatomachi, Niihari-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan 315-0164
TEL 0299-43-6952 (up until 8 p.m.)
FAX 0299-44-1346
Email
URL http://www.opa.co.jp
Check-in desk 09:00∼20:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-P or IPPI SafePro 4 or greater
 Member's Fee JY20,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,500/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name West Main East
Direction SE only
Terrain 25 degree gradient of launch deck
Rating 2
Size 15m×100m (3 launch decsks)
TO ASL 350m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Taking off by yourself alone is prohibited.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 70%  Ridge Soarings 20%  Sleddies 10%
Rating
Altitude TO∼LD 300m
Distance TO∼LD 900m
Site Comment Ask club member(s) for appropriate advice before flight. Keep watching other hanggliders.
Landing (LD)
Size 200m×100m
Terrain Flat (there is difference in level)
Rating 2
LD ASL 50m
GPS Coordinates N36°18′17.9″  E140°10′43.5″
Site Comment Be cautious about difference in level. Keep away from landing spot as quickly as possible after completion of landing.
 Access LD∼TO 10 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed (keeping contact is required)
 Place of Interest
 Others
 Last updated 8/5/2003
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