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Site Name HG PG MPG
Narikurayama Flight Area@(2010)  
Okamidake Flight Area@(2003) @
Yahiko 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

HG PG
 Site Name Narikurayama Flight Area
 Description One of the best areas in Niigata Prefecture having good thermals. Thermals here from end of April thru early May are especially good. Gaining altitude of more than 1,000km may be possible even during summer season because the site is not located high above the sea level. From mid September many fallow fields after harvesting are allowed to use as landing field for cross country flight.
 Location Kamihara, Uonuma-shi, Niigata Prefecture
 Access
By Car 3 minutes to the landing field from Koide ramp of Kan'etsu expressway
By Train 5 minutes to the landing field from Urasa Station of JR Joetsu Shinkansen
 Flying Season End of April∼November
 School No
 Name of School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name Skyshop Narikurayama (Masataka Nagumo)
Address 323-7 Kamihara, Uonuma-shi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan 946-0022
TEL 025-792-7837
FAX 025-792-7837
Email mmym@niigata-koide.com
URL http://www.niigata-koide.com
Check-in desk 07:00∼
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI ParaPro 2 accompanied by instructor, and JHF-NP or IPPI ParaPro 3 attended by JHF-P or IPPI ParaPro 4, or greater
 Member's Fee JY15,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY2,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Narikurayama Takeoff
Direction N  S  SW  W  NW
Terrain Mild slope
Rating 3
Size 800m² (launch platform)
TO ASL 540m
GPS Coordinates N37°12′47″  E139°00′13″
Site Comment
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 80  Ridge Soarings %  Sleddies ?
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD 420m
Distance TO∼LD 2,000m
Site Comment
 Landing (LD)
Size 100m×40m
Terrain Flat
Rating 3
LD ASL 120m
GPS Coordinates N37°13′17″  E138°58′57″
Site Comment
 Access LD∼TO 30 minutes by car
 Cross Country flight Allowed
 Place of Interest Being located near Yunotani-onsen hot spring resort, you'd find many hot spas. Souvenirs may be found at Kattakuri of Koide Visitor Center and at Miyukinosato at the roadside refreshment station Yunotani. Many restaurants of tasty soba (buckwheat) noodle and lamen.
 Others
 Last updated 2010/2/07
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HG PG
 Site Name Okamidake Flight Area
 Description The takeoff is on a trapezoid mountain facing to Japan Sea and wind direction is good for ridge and thermal soarings, and you may make top landing because of its wide open space. Trail is paved and you can drive up right to the takeoff.
 Location Okami, Yoshikawa-cho, Nakakegi-gun, Niigata Prefecture
 Access
By Car 30 minutes from Kakisaki ramp of Hokuriku Expressway
By Train 30 minutes from Kakisaki Station
 Flying Season April∼November
 School Yes
 Name of School S.E.T. Okamidake
 Bilingual Staff Japanese/English
 Contact
Name S.E.T. Okamidake
Address 588-2 Okami, Yoshikawa-cho, Nakakegi-gun, Niigata Prefecture, Japan 949-3552
TEL 025-547-2066
FAX 025-547-2066
Email skyokami@f7.dion.ne.jp
URL http://www.valley.ne.jp/~skyokami
Check-in desk 09:00∼17:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI SafePro/ParaPro 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY15,000/year plus JY500/shuttle
 Visitor Fee JY2,500/day plus JY500/shuttle
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Okamidake Takeoff
Direction NW
Terrain Slope
Rating 1
Size 30m×10m
TO ASL 645m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 50  Ridge Soarings 30%  Sleddies 20
Rating 1
Altitude TO∼LD 380m
Distance TO∼LD 1,400m
Site Comment Slope facing west generates good thermal between 13:00 and 15:00.
 Landing (LD)
Size 100m×50m
Terrain Flat slope
Rating 3
LD ASL 265m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Occasionally bumpy when thermal is generating.
 Access LD∼TO 7 minutes by car
 Cross Country flight Allowed
 Place of Interest Myokoh mountain range, Japan Sea, Fisherman's Cape, restaurants NABEYA, TOMISAWA, IKEDAYA. Hamanasu Hot Spring, Nagamine Hot Spring, Nigyokan
 Others Check-in desk and takeoff are equipped with flush toilet.
 Last updated 4/25/2003
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HG
 Site Name Yahiko Flight Area
 Description The takeoff commands a view of Japan Sea and Sado island. Highly recommended for beginners to fly here where wind is in smooth and gentle conditions.
 Location Nozumi, Teradomari-cho, Mishima-gun, niigata Prefecture
 Access
By Car 30 minutes from Sanjo-Tsubame ramp of Hokuriku Expressway
By Train
 Flying Season April∼November
 School Yes
 Name of School West Wind Paraglider School
 Bilingual Staff
 Contact
Name West Wind
Address 647 Koh, Kawafunegawa, Tagami-machi, Minami-kambara-gun, Niigata Prefecture, Japan 959-1513
TEL 0256-52-5071
FAX 0256-52-5081
Email westwind@ginzado.ne.jp
URL http://www.ginzado.ne.jp/~westwind/
Check-in desk
 Visitor Rating JHF-B or IPPI SafePro 2 accompanied by instructor, or greater
 Member's Fee JY10,000/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Yahiko Takeoff
Direction W
Terrain Slope
Rating 2
Size 40∼50 hang gliders
TO ASL 430m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Two takeoff ramps would make takeoff easier.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 30  Ridge Soarings 20%  Sleddies 50
Rating 1
Altitude TO∼LD 430m
Distance TO∼LD 1,800m
Site Comment Beginners and experts can both enjoy flight here.
 Landing (LD)
Size 100m×2,000m
Terrain Flat
Rating 1
LD ASL 0m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Endless sandy beach stretching from north to south.
 Access LD∼TO 15 minutes by car
 Cross Country flight Allowed (Cross country flight of 70km is recorded.)
 Place of Interest Many hot springs (Jon'nobi-kan, Asuka, etc.). Landing field is on a beach for swimming. Campground and tourist spot. Lodging with a charge is available at a log-house of the school shop.
 Others
 Last updated 4/25/2003
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