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Mt. Katsuragi Paragliding Site

Mt. Katsuragi (or Yamato-Katsuragi) is located between Osaka and Nara.

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Site Name Yamato Katsuragisan Area
Description Panoramic view of Osaka plain and Nara basin
Location Kujira, Gose City, Nara Prefecture
Access
Flying Season Year round, In May, you are not allowed to carry your equipment in the ropeway due to heavy traffic. The ropeway will not be operated temporarily in June due to maintenance check.
School Yes
Name of School Sky Ranger Kansai (Lessons to club members by a paragliding instructor and an assistant instructor)
Bilingual Staff Yes
Contact
Visitor Rating JHF-P or IPPI ParaPro 4 (JHF-NP or IPPI ParaPro 3 subject to attendance by an instructor or assistant instructor)
Member's Fee JY7,000/year  (Sign up fee JY10,000)
Visitor Fee JY1,000/day    JY10,000/annual visitor
Takeoff (TO)
The condition of Flight
Soaring Ratio Thermal Soarings 75%  Ridge Soarings 5%  Sledding 20%
Rating
Altitude TO∼LD 750m
Distance TO∼LD 3,400m
Site Comment Good height difference and extensively open
Landing (LD)
Access LD∼TO LD to ropeway by car, ropeway to TO on foot. Gliders can be carried by small shuttle at JY100. Opens on weekend, please let us know in advance for flight on weekdays.
Cross Country Flight Pilots having a JHF-XC rating, subject to permission by the president of Sky Ranger Kansai
Place of Interest Azalea of Mt. Katsuragi (flight is not allowed during Azalea blossom season), lodging at Katsuragisan Lodge, hot spring at Kamokimi-no-yu spa at JPY 600, supermarket and convenience store near the landing field.
Others The site has good access for pilots in Nara and Osaka. Visitors in a group of two or more persons are most welcome.
Last updated 2018/8/15