Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni  In-depth Overview

Main Contact Info


  • United States Marine Corps

    Building 1

    PSC 561 Box 1862

    Japan 96310

    COMM phone number for Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Installation Address


    DSN phone number for Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Installation Address


    DSN phone number for Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Installation Address



Cost of Living

Off-base costs in Japan tend to be high compared to stateside prices. Local commissary prices are generally higher than CONUS commissary prices, particularly for produce. Military members stationed in Japan receive a cost of living allowance.

Most personnel coming to the installation can expect to live on-base. For those assigned housing off-base, rents are much higher per square foot than most US cities. In addition, when moving into an offbase rental you will be required to pay first and last months rent, security deposit, agent fee, and insurance. Plan to put down 3-4 months rent at the time you sign your lease. In all, you can expect to pay between $7,000-$10,000 to move into a house off-base and all expenses will be paid in Yen. This price does not include the fees associated with boarding a pet in the installation's kennel for the duration of its quarantine. Agents' fees are reimbursed over the term of the lease and security deposits are returned at the end of the lease less any damage charges or lease termination fees. Utilities are extremely costly in Japan. Electric/gas bills in excess of $500 are not unusual during high energy use months.

Vehicles are generally much less expensive in Iwakuni than in most U.S. cities. This is because most personnel purchase used vehicles either from other Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni residents or from local auto lots. All drivers must purchase two types of insurance for their vehicles. Japanese Compulsory Insurance is purchased in two-year increments. JCI requires a full safety inspection and costs may run in excess of $1,000 depending on any needed repairs. Secondary insurance must also be purchased. Secondary insurance may be purchased as liability coverage only or liability and comprehensive coverage. Rates depend upon rank and driving record. Road tax must also be paid for all vehicles during April each year. Road tax varies depending on vehicle and engine size. Fuel is much more expensive off base than on base and toll road costs are significant. For example, tolls from Kyoto to Iwakuni on the expressway would cost in excess of $85.00 for a passenger car.

For more information on COLA, please click the following link:MCAS Iwakuni Welcome Aboard section.