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Site Name HG PG MPG
Nanyo Sky Park@(2010)  
Zao Bodaira 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 Nanyo Sky Park
 Description Two takeoffs of Jyubiichi-yama and Takatsumuji-yama facing all directions except NE, potentiality is very high. Landing zone of 70m×170m has no barriers.
 Location Akayu, Nanyo-chi, Yamagata Prefecture
 Access
By Car From Sendai south, about 1 hour northbound via Route 13 after getting off at Iizaka ramp of Tohoku expressway.
By Train 15 minutes by car after getting off at Akayu Station of Yamagata Shinkansen (Bullet Train).
 Flying Season Year round (shuttle service during snow season)
 School Yes
 Name of School Nobu Air Factory Hang Glider School  Soaring System Paraglider School
 Bilingual Staff Japanese/English
 Contact
Name Nanyo Sky Leisure Promotion Council (secretary office: Soaring System)
Address 1970-4 Kunugizuka, Nanyo-shi, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan 999-2221
TEL 0238-40-2149
FAX 0238-27-9427
Email soaring@d3.dion.ne.jp
URL Check out further information at website of Soaring System
Check-in desk 09:00∼17:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-P or IPPI ParaPro 4 (JHF-B, C, NP should be accompanied by instructor)
 Member's Fee JY15,750/year
 Visitor Fee JY1,500/day
 Site Comment Big parking lot on top of Jyubuichi-yama and log house behind takeoff has flush toilet and drink vending machine.
 Takeoff (TO)
Name Jyubuichi-yama Takatsumuji-yama
Direction Jyubuichi-yama: S∼W  Takatsumuji-yama: NW& and SE
Terrain Medium slope
Rating Jyubuichi-yama: 1  Takatsumuji-yama: 2
Size Jyubuichi-yama: Glider×2
Takatsumuji-yama: Glider×4 (takeoff ramp, too)
TO ASL 500m 690m
GPS Coordinates N38°03′52.80″  E140°11′45.00″
Site Comment South wind is not good for Takatsumuji-yama TO. When wind direction turns to NW at Jyubuichi-yama, move to Takatsumuji-yama!
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 30%  Ridge Soarings 40%  Sleddies 30%
Rating 1
Altitude TO∼LD Jyubuichi-yama: 300m  Takatsumuji-yama: 460m
Distance TO∼LD Jyubuichi-yama: 1km  Takatsumuji-yama: 2.5km
Site Comment Since paragliders and hang gliders fly in the same area, keep constant lookout for others.
 Landing (LD)
Size 70m×170m
Terrain Flat
Rating 1
LD ASL 200m
GPS Coordinates N38°03′11.30″  E140°08′03.00″
Site Comment Easiest landing field in Japan, we believe.
 Access LD∼TO 15 minutes by car
 Cross Country Flight Subject to permission (JHF-XC or IPPI ParaPro 5)
 Place of Interest Many hot spring inns and public bath here in Akayu Hot Spring resort. Wineries, restaurants, convenience stores, etc. are in 15 minutes' ride. Picking of cherry and grape in spring and autumn, skiing in winter.
 Others Not expensive because this flying site is part of public area controled by Nanyo-shi, local municipality.
 Last updated 2010/3/18
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PG
 Site Name Zao Bodaira Flight Area
 Description Panoramic view would be enjoyed from takeoff located at 1,450m ASL.
 Location Liza Ski Area, Zao Bodaira Kogen, Kaminoyama City, Yamagata Prefecture
 Access
By Car About 1 hour via Echo Line from Shiroishi ramp of Tohoku Expressway.
By Train Get off at Kiminoyama Onsen Station of Yamagata Shinkansen and take shuttle bus to the last stop.
 Flying Season May∼October
 School Yes
 Name of School Zao Bodaira Paraglider School
 Bilingual Staff Japanese/Indonesian, Japanese/Malay
 Contact
Name Ishii Pension
Address Zao Bodaira Kogen, Kaminoyama City, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan 999-3113
TEL 023-679-2772
FAX 023-679-2801
Email zao-bodaira@macbase.or.jp
URL http://pension141.com/para.html
Check-in desk 10:00∼12:00
 Visitor Rating JHF-NP or IPPI ParaPro stage 3 accompanied by JHF-P or ParaPro stage 4, or greater
 Member's Fee JY5,000/year plus JY300
 Visitor Fee JY1,000/day plus JY300
 Takeoff (TO)
Name
Direction SW W NW
Terrain Flat
Rating 3
Size 30m×50m
TO ASL 1,450m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Forest of Japanese beech on both sides for about 10m stretch.
 Condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 30%  Ridge Soarings 20%  Sleddies 50%
Rating 3
Altitude TO∼LD 350m
Distance TO∼LD 1,300km
Site Comment
 Landing (LD)
Size 400m×200m
Terrain Moderate slope
Rating 2
LD ASL 1,100m
GPS Coordinates
Site Comment Moderate slope but your flight path would extend more than you'd expect when making usual approach to flat field.
 Access LD∼TO 1 minute's walk plus 10 minutes by car, total 11 minutes
 Cross Country Flight Allowed (reporting by radio is required)
 Place of Interest Center of Zao. Restaurant at landing zone. Zao hot spring and Kaminoyama spa, either of which is within 40 minutes by car.
 Others
 Last updated 8/29/2003
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