Paragliding with Keiko Hiraki – Womens World Champion Paraglider

Earlier this week I went to Asagiri Kogen in Shizuoaka to go paragliding with my wife.
I was lucky enough to do a tandem flight with Keiko Hiraki the womens 2013 world champion paraglider.

Keiko Hiraki - Womens world champion paraglider ©Uchujin-AdrianStorey_2014

Keiko Hiraki – Womens world champion paraglider ©Uchujin-AdrianStorey_2014

The video doesn’t really do it justice as the slightly scary experience of drifting effortlessly and silently through the sky is right up there with the coolest things I’ve ever done.

I was a little scared going in as 10 ish years ago I knew some people who had died paragliding in Bir, India. Turns out that Hiraki san had also been in Bir around the same time I had.
Despite flying with the world champion I had to decline (which I kinda regret now) when Hiraki san asked me if I wanted to do some “acrobatic flying” but I cannot recommend the experience highly enough!

The school we went to was called “Sky asagiri” and everyone there was SUPER friendly and helpful and made the whole experience pretty awesome.
I highly recommend them!!!!

Makes all my recent efforts messing around with quadcopters to get aerial footage all the more interesting!

After we stayed in Kawaguchiko where we had some very nice views of Mout Fuji from our hotel.
All in all a very nice few days away!

 

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  • Yeng

    Hi

    I will love to try paragliding at Skyasagiri too but I can’t find much information on how to access the place from Tokyo by public transport. And can the instructors there speak English? Their site has only one page in English making it quite hard for me to find out more info. Will greatly appreciate if you can share some advice on this thanks!

  • So Sorry for slow reply. Yes several of the instructors spoke some English. As for getting there. That is a bit of a chore if you don’t have a car. Involves trains and then a bus. Takes a couple of hours from Tokyo. Was a while ago now so I’ve forgotten the exact details but if you call them someone there will be able to help you! Do it. It’s SO much fun :)

  • Roy

    Awesome. Planning to go paragliding in Japan this November and was looking for some info. Will check the site out, thanks.