Japan’s steepest ‘zip line’ opens
‘Forest Owl’, a ‘zip line’ on which participants are harnessed to a pulley that slides down a wire rope stretched across a mountain, opened at the Engaru Rock Valley Ski Resort in the town of Engaru in the Okhotsk region of eastern Hokkaido in August 14. According to Town officials, it is the steepest zip line in Japan, capable of speeds of up to 70 km/h, and affords extensive views of the Sea of Okhotsk and Yuubetsu River basin.
The gradient that the town claims is “Japan’s steepest” has a maximum incline of 25%. With a total length of 1,135 m, including link section, the height difference of 250 m between the start at the summit and the finish tower is said to be the largest in Hokkaido. Participants access the summit via the ski lift.
The fee is 3,500 yen per person (half price for local residents), and participants must be at least elementary school age, and weigh between 25 and 110 kg. Pregnant women and those with a heart condition are unable to use the facility, which stops operating during inclement weather conditions. Reception is open between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. from September onwards).
Engaru Rock Valley Ski Resort
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