Mt. Fuji is definitely a must-see destination in Japan! However, in addition to Mount Fuji, have you thought about flying over this famous mountain? Today, we will share with you the perfect panoramic view of Mount Fuji and how you can try paragliding over Mount Fuji.
Mount Fuji is one of the world’s most beautiful, natural, and cultural heritage sites in Japan. Mount Fuji is special because it is perfectly symmetrical. No matter where you are in Tokyo, if its a clear day you will be able to see Mount Fuji. The Asahikawa Plateau borders Shizuoka and Yamanashi. It a great spot for paragliding and it is the only spot open all year around. If you are going to Fuji Five Lakes, why not try paragliding too!
Surprisingly, Asahikawa Plateau Paragliding School is affordable. For 8,000 yen adults can enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Fuji. This is a once in a life time experience.
The paragliding trip includes lunch and if you are unable to make it to the starting point, one of the employees can pick you up from Kawagushiko Station with reservations, it costs 2,00 yen. Since the pick-up time is 9:00 AM, the trip ends at 5:00 PM. There is also a free shuttle bus from Kawagushiko Station.
In addition to the paragliding school, many professional paragliders come here to practice. There is also a service for 1,500 yen, a professional photographer can take photos of you paragliding. Of course you can bring your own camera to capture the moments.
When paragliding, one of the key factors is weather. If the weather is bad, you won’t be able to fly that day. It is not advised to wonder away from the group when at the jump off point. Sometimes, you could be at the edge of a cliff and it can be dangerous.
After getting halfway of the mountain, looking out at the over all landscape and Mount Fuji is breathtaking. You begin to realize what you are doing and where you are in the world.
The Asahikawa Plateau is 1,300 meters above sea level, its really exciting to be up here! Seeing the vast mountains and Mount Fuji is breathtaking.
After reaching the summit, the coach will tell you everything you need to know. You will be wearing special equipment and you will be taught all of the safety rules. There is an English speaking staff so you can ask questions if necessary.
On cue the coach will tell you when to go, after checking the equipment and clothing is safe. You start running off the platform and then you are flying into the sky.
After being in the air for 15 minutes, you will see all different kinds of landscapes.
While in the air you get closer to Mount Fuji, its shocking and moving at the same time. Unfortunately, you can not fly directly over Mount Fuji for safety reasons.
When in the air the departing spot lots so small.
After experience flying for 15 minutes, we landed in the plains. After landing, you will realize what you just did, you could be relieved to be on land or want to go up in the air again.
After landing you could feel dizzy so be sure to take it slow. If you enjoyed the experience then you could continue paragliding and work towards getting a license.
Since the free shuttle doesn’t come back around until 5:00 PM, you can visit the famous Fuji Kachoen Garden Park. There is a wide variety of flowers and owls.
Paragliding with the Asahikawa Plateau Paragliding School will definitely provide you with some great memories. It exciting to see Mount Fuji from a different perspective. It is recommend to stay a few nights in the area because there is a lot to see and do. Experience the area of Fuji Five Lakes and Fuji Kachoen Garden Park. There is something for all ages in this area.
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Asahikawa Plateau Paragliding School
Address: 282-1 Higashihara, Fujiomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture
Access: Make an appointment for free transfer or take a bus at Kawaguchiko Station
Time: Open all year round, call or reserve online
Price: Double paraglider 8,000 yen
Double paragliding and low-altitude personal paragliding experience 12,000 yen
*Free lunches and pick-up (subject to prior inquiry)
Website: Asahikawa Plateau Paragliding School (Japanese)