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March 25, 2023

Regarding measures against new coronavirus infectious diseases (March 2023)

Japan Soaring Club

Regarding the response to the new coronavirus infectious disease, our club has implemented various measures in response to the measures taken by the government and local governments. Thanks to you, we were able to continue our activities without any cluster outbreak. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your cooperation.

This time, in response to the government decision on March 13 that “wearing a mask is based on individual judgment” and the plan to change the infection category from 2 to 5 from May 8 , our club We will respond to the new corona as follows.

[About wearing a mask]

  • Wearing a mask is an individual decision regardless of whether it is outdoors or indoors.
    (We may ask you to wear a mask when riding in a double-seater glider.)

[Other infection control measures]

  • It is not necessary to enter your body temperature in the remarks column of the “Itakura Activity Record” when you arrive.
  • Visitors from outside will not be required to fill out the confirmation form that we have asked them to fill out.
  • The salon and classrooms will be ventilated as much as possible, but the limit on the number of people will be abolished.
  • If you are not feeling well on the day of the event, refrain from participating in the activity.
  • Enforcement of I’MSAFE (basic items before infection control)


 The Art of Flying: Soaring
Most people wish to have freedom of being in the air at least one time in his/her life, and there is a way: soaring.
Flying without artificial power give a kind of ultimate joy that will be totally new to those who have never experienced it before. You can feel what is being aloft, what is sound of wind and what is surge of rising air, in our beautiful gliders.
 About the Japan Soaring Club (JSC)
The JSC was established in 1952 and has been pursuing the art of soaring for more than half a century (see Club History). Today we have some 150 members.
Our home base, the Itakura Glider port, is located about 90 km north of metropolitan Tokyo, and has a large hangar with a well maintained grass runway (1000 m x 60m in size). We do aerotowing only and there are no winch launching facilities.
We provide ab-initio through elementary cross-country training, plus basic acrobatic maneuver lessons (optional) to members of the club. The club also organizes a one-week long Glider Private Pilot Course twice a year that is open for any. Visitors and visiting pilots are always welcome of course.Basically, we fly on weekends and Japanese national holidays. Prior arrangements are required for other days.
 Weather around Itakura
We fly year-round, however, the main season for soaring is from February through early June. During this season, you can expect dry and cool upper air from Siberia and the Chinese continent that will make good weather conditions both for thermals and mountain waves. This makes Itakura one of the few places suitable for cross-country soaring in Japan. Due to the Pacific high system, the ceiling of cumulus clouds tends to be rather low in the summer. We focus on basic training and duration flights for the “badges” during this season. After a typhoon spell in August or September, we have a very comfortable autumn for moderate soaring conditions. It is usually very cool in middle of winter, but we do not expect any snow around the place. This enables us to run year-round.
 Club Fleet (including privately owned gliders)
Two seater Glider:
1 x Grob G-103 Twin II
1 x Grob G-103 Twin III
Single seater Glider:
1 x G102 Club Astir IIIb
Motor glider:
1 x Diamond Super Dimona
1 x Aviat A-1 Husky
There are about 20 privately owned high performance gliders at the glider port.
 Trial Flight for Visitors
You can fly in our two- seater gliders on any weekends and national holiday, on a weather permitting basis.
Rates:16,000 yen per an aerotow launch to 2000 ft (for 15 minutes),
200 yen for each additional one minute, including One-day Membership fee (3,000 yen).  13,000 yen per 2000 ft (around 13 minuets) moter glider flight.
All the flights are accompanied by qualified club pilots.
 For Visiting Pilots
To fly solo in Japan you need at least a Japanese Private Pilot Certificate or Student Pilot Certificate, plus a valid Medical Certificate. If you intend to stay with JSC for a longer period, you can consult with the club instructor in charge to convert your license into Japanese certificates. For a short visit, you should carry your logbook and licenses as well.Basically there are club members who speak English (not fluent, though) on each flying day, so you should not have any troubles on your visit, however, making a prior arrangement through our contact person (see below) is recommended.

FORM05-EN-Guest-Waiver-Ver06 PDF

Emergency Procedure PDF

 How to Find Itakura Glider port
By Train (Tobu Sky-tree Line and Tobu Nikko Line)

Access to Itakura by train from Kita-Senjyu station (in Tokyo) to Fujioka station by Tobu Sky-Tree line is as follows.
At Kita-Senjyu, get on board Semi-Express train departing at 7:57  for Minami-Kurihashi.
(You can get onboard same train at Oshiage station departing at 07:48)
Then get off at Minami-Kurihashi station arriving at 8:43, then change to normal train departing at 8:48 for Tobu-Utsunomiya. Then got off at  Fujioka station arriving at 9:08.
At Fujioka station, club volunteer car is waiting to pick up club members at 9:08,
so you could be picked up to our glider port.
When you arrived at Fujioka station after 9:08, you can take taxi from Fujioka .
You just say to driver “take me to GLIDER”!    It takes five minutes to Itakura glider port.

By Car (Tohoku Exp-way)

Get off at “Tatebayashi” exit, about 3 km after passing a long bridge. Follow the map.
If there is no congestion on the road, it should be 60 to 80 minutes driving from central Tokyo.
You can see the runway behind a long riverbank. You should park your car at the parking lot in front of the hangar (because it is sometimes very dusty on the runway).

 Club Facility
We have a clubhouse (attached to the hangar) with basic overnight facilities. A meeting room is also available. No bar or restaurant is provided, but drinks in the clubhouse at reasonable costs. Basic sleeping supplies is provided, but you should carry a sleeping bag if you make a visit in the middle of winter.
Chairman of our club will accept and handle any inquiry about the club. For weekend arrangements, you can contact the e-mail address of the contact person below. All the instructors and the tow pilots work on a voluntary basis.
 Rates for Membership Flight
Twin2 / Twin3: 1,200 yen basic fee plus 100 yen per minute.
Super Dimona: 400 yen per minute plus 600 yen for landing.
Plus  Towing:  6,000 yen for first 2,000 ft, 7,600 yen for 3,000 ft
(Note: prices are subject to change.)

Other gliders: by arrangements. Please ask one of club’s instructors on your visit.
 Membership Subscription
Membership is available to any person who wishes to fly, regardless of age and nationality.
Initial fee: 80,000 yen (non-refundable)
Annual membership fee: 108,000 yen
 Visitor Membership
3,000 yen per day per one person (not required if you have just come to observe).
Lodging: 1,000 yen per night and some additional fee for accommodation.
Itakura Office
Tel/Fax : +81-(0)276-77-0830
Address : 1286-1, Yokegawa, Itakura-cho, Ohra-gun, Gumma-ken 374-0101 JAPAN

    Let’s enjoy being in the air with the wind! We expect to have many visitors on any flying day.