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Department of the Air Force
Bldg 535, Unit 5119
Yokota AB (Fussa) Japan 197-0001
The cost of living in the off-base community can be expensive. Japan is relatively a high-cost of living area. Please plan accordingly.
Moving to Japan can be challenging-especially if you plan on bringing your pet(s) with you. However, having the proper paperwork and being pro-active can make the process a smoother and less stressful one for you and your animal.
Although some of Yokota's Military Family Housing units do not allow pets, members may be given the option to be wait-listed for on-base housing (garden units) which do allow them. Pet boarding fees are expensive in Japan and can be overwhelming for families if on-base housing is unavailable or not immediately available. Please ask your sponsor for more information, or refer to the Japan District Veterinary Command (JDVC) website.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, it is essential members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Yokota Air Base serves as the host base for Headquarters, United States Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force.
The 374th Airlift Wing provides tactical airlift, medical evacuation, and distinguished visitor airlift for the western Pacific, while serving as a key strategic airlift hub for the entire theater.
Mission: Execute rapid global mobility through agile airlift operations across the Indo-Pacific region.
Vision: A TEAM of professional Airmen...diversity makes us stronger, our core values make us one.
Priorities: Mission, Readiness, Airmen, and Family Development
Yokota AB opened in 1940, under Japanese authority as Tama Air Field. Yokota was used as a test facility for the Japanese Imperial Army. In 1945, Tama Air Field became Yokota AB. The 374th Air Wing formed in Australia in 1942, and was among the first to fight in Korea in 1950. The 374th then served in Vietnam from the 1960's to the 1970's, and arrived in Yokota in 1989. For more of Yokota’s history visit the installation's homepage.
The wing is composed of four groups, including 17 squadrons. More than 3,500 military members alongside U.S. and Japan civilian employees make up the 374th Airlift Wing work force, which supports 32 tenant units and a base populace of approximately 12,000. The wing includes the 36th Airlift Squadron, which flies the C-130J Super Hercules, and the 459th Airlift Squadron, which flies UH-1N helicopters and the C-12J Huron. In total, the wing has more than 20 aircrafts.
The greater Tokyo metropolitan area, which is spread over 3 prefectures, is much larger and has a population that is estimated to be 30% of Japan's total population.
Honshu (mainland Japan) had a population of 104 million as of 2017, mostly concentrated in the coastal lowlands.
Yokota Air Base is located on the island of Honshu, Japan, on the Kanto Plain, 28 miles northwest of Tokyo at the foothills of the Okutama Mountains. The base lies within the political boundaries of six municipalities: Akishima, Fussa, Hamura, Mizuho, Musashi-Murayama, and Tachikawa. The base operator's phone number is 042-552-2510. After the tone, enter the last 5 of base number or DSN 315-225-1110.
If you fly into Narita International Airport, Tokyo, it will be necessary to secure transportation to Yokota. The Force Support Squadron (FSS) Vehicle Operations currently has two buses that travel between Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport and Yokota Air Base daily.
The counter may or may not be manned, depending on the time of day. You can buy a ticket from the Bus Driver at the bus stop. Please expect to pay for your bus ticket in USD CASH or YEN only - $40 per ticket from Narita and $20 per ticket from Haneda.
Bus Transportation from Narita International Airport
Current Operations due to COVID-19:
Departure from Narita Terminal 1 to Yokota AB is at 1700 and 1900 daily.
Once you arrive at Narita International Airport, proceed to the DOD counter, located in Terminal 1, and they will direct you to the location for shuttles bound for Yokota.
How to get to the DOD Counter at Narita International Airport.
Locating the DOD Counter if flight arrives at Terminal 1
From north wing: After departing customs (northern wing), turn left and you will see the DOD counter on your right next to Meiji Milk and Café shop near the end of the concourse.
From south wing: After departing customs turn left and walk down corridor until you see DOD counter located on the right side next to Meiji Milk and Café shop.
Departure from Narita Terminal 2 to Yokota AB is at 1710 and 1910 daily.
For arrivals at Narita Terminal 2, do NOT take the inter-terminal shuttle. GOJ has restricted the use of public transportation for international arrivals. While this restriction is in place, FSS Vehicle Operations has established a temporary curbside pick up at Bus Stop #1, on the 3rd Floor of Terminal 2. Refer to the website for airport map: https://yokotafss.com/vehicle-operations/.
Locating the DOD Counter if flight arrives at Terminal 2
Upon departing Customs, go outside to bus stop 8 or 18. Catch a free shuttle that runs every ten minutes to Terminal #1. At Terminal 1, enter the terminal and proceed to the far end of the north wing, DOD Counter will be on the right located across from the Meiji Milk and Café shop.Assuming all CONUS to OCONUS flights arrive at Terminal 2, after exiting the security/baggage area, please proceed to the left toward Terminal 1. The Department of Defense Liaison counter is located at the opposite end of Terminal 1. At this counter, you can schedule your military shuttle to Yokota Air base. The counter may or may not be manned, depending on the time of day.
Costs for the shuttle is $40 per person and is refundable when filing your travel voucher. ONLY CASH or YEN IS ACCEPTED - so ensure you have the required funds available. The bus ride to Yokota can take 3 hours or longer so please prepare for a long drive as there are no stops along the way. Bottled drinks and snacks are allowed onboard.
Bus Transportation from Haneda International Airport
Departure from Haneda Terminal 1 & 2 to Yokota AB is at 1600 and 1900 daily.
Once you arrive at Haneda International Airport, proceed to the DOD counter, located in Terminal 1, and they will direct you to the location for shuttles bound for Yokota. Refer to the website for map instructions: https://yokotafss.com/vehicle-operations/.
Departure from Haneda Terminal 3 to Yokota AB is at 1615 and 1915 daily.
For arrivals at Haneda Terminal 3, do NOT take the inter-terminal shuttle. GOJ has restricted the use of public transportation for international arrivals. While this restriction is in place, FSS Vehicle Operations has established a temporary curbside pick up for passengers arriving at Terminal 3.
Follow signs to the Free Shuttle Bus to the right, then take the escalator or elevator to the ground flood. After exiting the building, turn right and proceed towards the end of the roof. The bus will pick up in this general area. Refer to the website for airport map: https://yokotafss.com/vehicle-operations/.
Costs for the shuttle is $20 per person and is refundable when filing your travel voucher. ONLY CASH or YEN IS ACCEPTED - so ensure you have the required funds available. The bus ride to Yokota can take 2 hours or longer so please prepare for a long drive as there are no stops along the way. Bottled drinks and snacks are allowed onboard.
Traveling with Pets
If you are traveling with pets, contact with your sponsor is a must because pets are not allowed on the Yokota shuttle bus. FSS Vehicle Operations offers alternative modes of transportation (van or van/driver) for those traveling with pets, but this will have to be arranged through your sponsor in advance. We understand that traveling to a foreign country is a very stressful situation and your Airman and Family Readiness Center and sponsor are the keys to reducing the stress level of your upcoming PCS.
Yokota AB offers a free shuttle (Kanto Express) that tours the base, with abbreviated services on holidays and during base exercises.
Due to COVID-19, free base shuttle operations are limited.
Akikawa Kotsu cab company has agreed to provide service and will have 24 hour access to the base. 0120-741-158.
The base operator can be contacted by: 042-552-2510, or DSN 315-225-1110.