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Site Name HG PG MPG
Natsumushiyama Flight Area@(2003)    
Muroneyama Flight Area@(2003) @
Tonoyamayagawa Flight Area@(2003)
Takashimizu Flight Area@(2003)
Yakushiyama 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 Natsumushiyama Flight Area
 Description The site is located on saw-toothed coastline in the national parak and you would fly soaring mainly on sea breeze.
 Location 59-1 Aza Koide, Sanriku-cho, Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture
 Access
By Car From Mizusawa ramp of Tohoku Expressway, go heading for Ofunato on the on the coast to get to the area in 2 hours.
By Train Transfer from JR Tohoku Main Line or JR Tohoku Shinkansen at Ichinoseki Station to Ofunato Line and get off at Sanriku Station.
 Flying Season April-December
 School Yes
 Name of School S.E.T. Sanriku Paraglider School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Yu-YOU-Tei
Address 59-1 Aza Koide, Sanriku-cho, Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan 022-0109
TEL 0192-44-3711
FAX 0192-44-3713
Email
URL
Check-in Desk 08:00∼18:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI ParaPro stage 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Natsumushiyama Top Takeoff
Direction NE E SE S SW
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size 10+ paragliders
TO ASL 710m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Natural pasture land on a slope facing woutheast and south.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 20%  Ridge Soarings 50%  Sleddies 30%
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD 430m (Course B) 710m (Course P)
Distance TO∼LD 1,300m (Course B) 4,300m (Course P)
Site Comment SE wind at 3m/s ∼5m/s would be the best to fly.
 Landing (LD)
Size 70m×100m
Terrain Slope (gentle)
Rating 3
LD ASL 280m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Be careful not to run out landing zone which is on a gradual slope.
 Access LD∼TO 2 minute's walk plus 15 minutes by car, total 17 minutes
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest You can make landing on the beach. Flight path for training course is layed above lodgings. Thereare are many fishing places. 15 minutes to the beach either by flying or by car.
 Others On Saturdays and Sundays in April thru October, you are invited to challenge for record making of air time duration.
 Last updated 8/6/2003
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HG PG
 Site Name Muroneyama Flight Area
 Description Many chances for good soring flight. People are friendly. Cross country flight is attainable.
 Location Iwate Prefecture
 Access
By Car 50 minutes from Ichinoseki ramp.
By Train 5 minutes' walk from Orikabe Station of Ofunato Line.
 Flying Season Year-round (Would be closed during winter season subject to snowfall.)
 School Yes
 Name of School Muroneyama PG/HG School
 Bilingual Staff Yes, Japanese/English
 Contact
Name MAPS
Address 194-1 Aza Osato, Orikabe, Murone-mura, Higashi-Iwai-gun, Iwate Prefecture, Japan 029-1201
TEL 0191-64-3081
FAX 0191-64-3198
Email maps@coral.ocn.ne.jp
URL http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~maps/
Check-in Desk 08:00∼20:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI ParaPro/SafePro stage 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY15,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name NW Takeoff  SW Takeoff&mnsp; SE Takeoff
Direction E SE S SW W NW
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size 20m×30m each
TO ASL 850m
GPS Coordinates N38°58′11.2″  E141°26′54.0″
Site Comment Good and fast running is needed to take off from NW TO.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 80%  Ridge Soarings 10%  Sleddies 10%
Rating 2
Altitude TO∼LD 550m  700m
Distance TO∼LD 2km  3.5km
Site Comment Watch out timing of turn of west wind and wind from the sea.
 Landing (LD)
Size 80m×120m and 40m×150m
Terrain Flat
Rating 3 and 4 depending on condition
LD ASL 350m and 150m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Either of landing fields stretches to east and west. Be cautious about southerly and northerly wind.
 Access LD∼TO 15 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest 20 minutes by car to Kesennuma, rich of marine products. There is Daito Hometown Village where big bathhouse and lodging are available in 5 minutes' ride from the top of Muroneyama. Masteres will guide you to camping, picking edible wild plants, or fishing along mountain torrent. There is nothing but nature.
 Others You can stay over night at the club house at JY500. There would be welcome party for guest.
 Last updated 8/12/2003
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HG PG MPG
 Site Name Tonoyamayagawa Flight Area
 Description Takeoffs facing east and west available for paragliders, hang gliders, and powered paragliders. Hang glider pilots can go out for cross country flight.
 Location Tono City, Iwate Prefecture
 Access
By Car 30 minutes from Tono city area.
By Train Not recommended. 1 hour from Shin-Hanamaki Station.
 Flying Season April-December
 School Yes
 Name of School Hayachine School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Tono Maps
Address 20-16-1 Niisato, Ayaori-cho, Tono City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan 028-0531
TEL 0198-62-2122
FAX 0198-62-2122
Email maps@coral.ocn.ne.jp
URL http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~maps/
Check-in Desk
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI ParaPro/SafePro stage 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY10,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day (plus Entry fee JY1,000)
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Yamayagawa Takeoff
Direction NE E SE SW W NW
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size East 50m×100m  Wast spacious enough  Southwest 30m×50m
TO ASL 800m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Paraglider pilots need to pay attention to northerly wind. The TO will be closed when wind is due south.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 40%  Ridge Soarings 10%  Sleddies 50%
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD PG 450m  HG 500m
Distance TO∼LD PG 2km  HG 4km
Site Comment Paraglider pilots must pay attention when wind is due south. Thermal points all around.
 Landing (LD)
Size PG 50m×100m  HG 50m×300m
Terrain Flat
Rating 1-2
LD ASL PG 300m  HG 250m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Paraglider pilots must pay attention to south wind.
 Access LD∼TO 20 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest Kaze-no Oka (souvenir and dining), The Chiba House (Nanbu Magariya, old traditional house which has traditional and unique layout), Seiyoen Health Center which provides bath at JY200. Tanto-Tanto (serves locally brewed beer).
 Others
 Last updated 8/12/2003
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HG PG MPG
 Site Name Takashimizu Flight Area
 Description The site commands a panoramic view of Tono urban area. Hanggliding is limited to pilot having Pilot (IPPI SafePro stage 4) certificate but B level pilot (SafePro stage 2) can fly when rice fields are lain fallow.
 Location Tono City, Iwate Prefecture
 Access
By Car 30 minutes from the city.
By Train Not recommended. 1 hour from Shin-Hanamaki Station.
 Flying Season April-December
 School Yes
 Name of School Hayachine School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Tono Maps
Address 20-16-1 Niisato, Ayaori-cho, Tono City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan 028-0531
TEL 0198-62-2122
FAX 0198-62-2122
Email maps@coral.ocn.ne.jp
URL http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~maps/
Check-in Desk
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI ParaPro/SafePro stage 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY10,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day (plus Entry fee JY1,000)
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Takashimizu Takeoff
Direction S SE
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size East 50m×30m
TO ASL 800m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Easy takeoff.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 40%  Ridge Soarings 30%  Sleddies 30%
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD PG 550m  HG 550m
Distance TO∼LD PG 2km  HG 5km
Site Comment Flight along ridge is not easy but big thermal will be there.
 Landing (LD)
Size PG 50m×100m  HG 50m×300m
Terrain HG Flat  PG Gentle slope
Rating 1-2
LD ASL PG 300m  HG 250m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Paraglider pilots need to confirm which direction the slope faces.
 Access LD∼TO 20 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest Kaze-no Oka (souvenir and dining), The Chiba House (Nanbu Magariya, old traditional house which has traditional and unique layout), Seiyoen Health Center which provides bath at JY200. Tanto-Tanto (serves locally brewed beer).
 Others
 Last updated 8/12/2003
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HG PG MPG
 Site Name Yakushiyama Flight Area
 Description The area has panoramic view of Miyamori-mura village. Mainly for paragliding. Pilot level only for hanggliding.
 Location Miyamori-mura, Kamihei-gun, Iwate Prefecture
 Access
By Car 30 minutes from the city.
By Train Not recommended. 1 hour from Shin-Hanamaki Station.
 Flying Season April-December
 School Yes
 Name of School Hayachine School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Tono Maps
Address 20-16-1 Niisato, Ayaori-cho, Tono City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan 028-0531
TEL 0198-62-2122
FAX 0198-62-2122
Email maps@coral.ocn.ne.jp
URL http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~maps/
Check-in Desk
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI ParaPro/SafePro stage 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY10,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day (plus Entry fee JY1,000)
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Yakushi Takeoff
Direction W
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size 20m×30m
TO ASL 600m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Little bit narrow but steep slope makes takeoff easier.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 40%  Ridge Soarings 30%  Sleddies 30%
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD PG 300m
Distance TO∼LD PG 2km
Site Comment Cross country flight to Tono city area would be possible by making good use of thermals.
 Landing (LD)
Size PG 50m×100m
Terrain PG Gentle slope
Rating 3
LD ASL PG 300m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Paraglider pilots need to confirm which direction the slope faces, and be careful when wind is from south.
 Access LD∼TO 20 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest Locally brewed beer can be tasted at Brauhaus. Tanto-Tanto (serves locally brewed beer).
 Others Miyamori-mura produces well-known wasabi (Japanese horseradish). Emblem of the village is Wasabi-chan.
 Last updated 8/12/2003
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