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Site Name HG PG MPG
Tosa-shi Takaoka Area@(2004)  
Hirano Area@(2004)   @
Kokuzosan Nishi Flight Area@(2004)
Agawa Sky Park@(2004)    
Ichigoroyama Sky Area@(2004)  
  • 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
 Site Name Tosa-shi Takaoka Area
 Description Flight with or without soaring is pretty assured because of constant wind coming in from the sea.
 Location Takaoka, Tosa City, Kochi Prefecture
 Access
By Car 5 or 6 minutes to landing zone of the site from Tosa-shi ramp.
By Train
 Flying Season Year round (chance of flight is less during winter season)
 School No
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Hidetoshi Yoshimura, President of Kochi Hangglider Club
Address 11-29 Myoken-machi, Susaki City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan 785-0042
TEL 0889-43-2844
FAX 0889-43-2847
Email
URL
Check-in desk 08:00∼22:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-A or IPPI SafePro/ParaPro 1 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY5,000/year
 Visitor Fee No
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Takaoka Takeoff
Direction SE S
Terrain Flat
Rating 2
Size 200m²
TO ASL 430m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Covered with grass.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ration Themal Soarings 50%  Ridge Soarings 30%  Sleddies 20%
Rating 2
Altitude TO∼LD 420m
Distance TO∼LD 3.6km
Site Comment Constant wind from the sea bringing thermal would not let you go straight to LD.
 Landing (LD)
Size 70m×100m+ (Niyodogawa dry riverbed)
Terrain Flat
Rating 2
LD ASL 10m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Extensively wide. Pay attention to campers during summer season.
 Access LD∼TO 25 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest Swimming in Niyodogawa river during summer season. Sokaku Spa (at JY400) in 10 minutes from LD and Kampo lodge run by Japan Post Insurance is located a bit beyond the spa.
 Others
 Last updated 6/8/2004
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PG
 Site Name Hirano Area
 Description Good for beginner's first flight.
 Location Hirano, Sakawa-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi Prefecture
 Access
By Car 15 minutes from JR Sakawa Station
By Train
 Flying Season Year round
 School No
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Akio Nose
Address 4099-1 Yokobatake, Ochi-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi Prefecture, Japan 781-1300
TEL 0889-26-1296
FAX 0889-26-1296
Email
URL
Check-in desk
 Visitor Rating JHF-A or IPPI ParaPro 1 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY10,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name
Derection SE S SW W
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size
TO ASL 375m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings %  Ridge Soarings %  Sleddies %
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD 315m
Distance (TO∼LD) 500m
Site Comment
 Landing (LD)
Size 200m×250m
Terrain Flat
Rating 1
LD ASL 60m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Access LD∼TO 15∼20 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interst There is a good rahmen noodle shop. Hot spring is in 25 minutes by car.
 Others
 Last updated 6/8/2004
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HG PG MPG
 Site Name Kokuzosan Nishi Flight Area
 Description Takeoff is located near the top of Mt.Kokuzosan, one of the hundred most celebrated mountains in Shikoku region and it commands a good view of Tosa Bay in south and a chain of Shikoku Mountains in north. You would enjoy flight with no pressure.
 Location Sakawa-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi Prefecture
 Access
By Car Take R33 to north from Kochi city and right after Togano via Susaki from Sakawa town, turn left at sign of direction to Kokuzosan. It is about 10 minutes' ride to the takeoff from there.
By Train 15 minutes by taxi from Togano Station of JR Dosan Line.
 Flying Season October∼April
 School No
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Yusuke Manabe
Address 249-2 Higashigumi, Sakawa-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi Prefecture, Japan 789-1232
TEL 0889-22-3734
FAX 0889-22-3734
Email
URL
Check-in desk 08:00∼22:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI ParaPro 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY5,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Kokuzosan Nishi Flight Takeoff
Direction N NW
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size
TO ASL 595m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment When east wind is strong, rotor will come out.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings %  Ridge Soarings %  Sleddies %
Rating 3
Altitude T∼LD 500m
Distance TO∼LD 2,000m approx.
Site Comment "Good thermal area" recommended especially for winter season.
 Landing (LD)
Size 50m×50m
Terrain Flat
Rating 3
LD ASL 95m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment LD is surrounded by fields and nothing to worry.
 Access LD∼TO
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest Yamasaki Memorial Astronomical Observatory. There are camping site and lodges in Kokuzosan Kids Square (inquiries at Sagawa Town Office).
 Others
 Last updated 6/8/2004
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PG
 Site Name Agawa Sky Park
 Description Takeoff is located at 1,450m ASL and you would enjoy extensive area when you fly.
 Location Kaminanokawa, Agawa-mura, Agawa-gun, Kochi Prefecture
 Access
By Car
By Train
 Flying Season April∼November (closed on Monaday and Tuesday)
 School
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Agawa Sky Park
Address Kaminanokawa, Agawa-mura, Agawa-gun, Kochi Prefecture, Japan 781-1766
TEL 0889-36-0216
FAX 0889-36-0216
Email
URL
Check-in desk 09:00∼17:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-P or IPPI ParaPro 3, or greater
 Member's Fee JY1,400/day (plus JY300/shuttle)
 Visitor Fee JY1,600/day (plus JY300/shuttle)
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Agawa Sky Park #4 Takeoff
Direction E
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size 10 paragliders
TO ASL 1,450m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Gentle slope provides no harm.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 40%  Ridge Soarings 30%  Sleddies 30%
Rating 3
Altitude T∼LD 680m
Distance TO∼LD 1,500m
Site Comment Ridge extends to right and left and gives no pressure. It will be often getting overcast due to high altitude of the area.
 Landing (LD)
Size 150m×120m
Terrain Flat and slope
Rating 4
LD ASL 750m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment LD has a slope and requires accurate adjustment of altitude when entering to final leg for landing.
 Access LD∼TO 20 minutes by car plus 1 minute's walk, total 26 minutes.
 Cross Country Flight Not allowed
 Place of Interest Near ramp to R33 leading to Agawa Sky Park, there are Nakatsu Valley and Yunomori Hot Spring.
 Others
 Last updated 6/8/2004
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HG PG
 Site Name Ichigoroyama Sky Area
 Description The site is located within National Park area and has good sea breeze and thermal.
 Location Ichigoroyama, Misaki, Tosa-shimizu City, Kochi Prefecture
 Access
By Car
By Train 30 minutes by car from Sukumo Station of Tosa Kuroshio Railways
 Flying Season Year round
 School No
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Takao Tokoroyama, secretariat of Ichigoroyama Paraglider Club
Address 2985 Misaki, Tosa-shimizu City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan 787-0450
TEL 090-7148-9768
FAX
Email 156takao@sky.quolia.com
URL
Check-in desk 08:00∼14:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI SafePro/ParaPro 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY1,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Mount 156 (Ichigoro)
Direction SE S
Terrain Slope
Rating 3
Size 200m²
TO ASL 200m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Taking off will be difficult whe wind is from west but you would enjoy good flight.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 50%  Ridge Soarings 50%  Sleddies %
Rating
Altitude T∼LD 180m
Distance TO∼LD 200m
Site Comment Try to ride on thermal coming out from hot houses in front of takeoff.
 Landing (LD)
Size 200m×150m (After rice harvested in August, it will be 12ha.)
Terrain Flat
Rating 1
LD ASL 20m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Landing on main LD is must during March thru August.
 Access LD∼TO 5 minutes by car plus 2 minutes' walk, total 7 minutes
 Cross Country Flight Allowed
 Place of Interest The site is in the center of Ashizuri Uwaumi National Park. You would enjoy diving and fishing in Minokoshi and Tatsukushi Marine Park.
 Others
 Last updated 6/8/2004
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