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United States Air Force
Aomori-ken Japan 033-0012
Learn about the variety of housing possibilities available as well as information about setting up utilities in your home . Housing options are available to your unique situation including: housing for families, single service members, families that are enrolled in the exceptional family member program, pet owners and unaccompanied personnel. Explore your options to find a home that best fits your needs.
Visit the Air Force Housing website to find your new home with the Air Force. This website serves as a one-stop shop for Airmen and their families to obtain information about the housing options and support services available to them at Air Force bases world-wide. Once you have your Misawa orders at your losing base you should make contact with the Misawa Military Housing Office.
Visit InMyArea.com to search for utility providers based on your zip code. This website serves as a one-stop shop where you can explore your options, compare prices and purchase services.
Living in government housing provides easy access to a wealth of community services and amenities such as schools, youth programs, commissary/exchange and food services. This is especially true in overseas locations, where you will find yourself much more dependent on the support facilities and services on the installation than those in the United States.
Living within government housing provides a safe and secure place to reside, and a mentoring and supportive environment for families.
As of September 2009, Misawa in under an "On-Base First" Family Housing policy that was established for active-duty accompanied members and Mil to Mil co-located in Misawa.
Members must accept an on-base family housing unit that meets their grade and family size IAW AFI 32-6000. Off-base housing is an option if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
Force Support Squadron: Recreation at Misawa Air Base includes arts and crafts, bowling, library, auto hobby, theater, golf, gym, tennis, swimming, outdoor activities, recreation center.
Commissaries: one commissary on base
Exchange system: one Exchange and one Shoppette
Financial institutions on base: Navy Federal Credit Union and Community Bank, Misawa Branch
All branches of service need to make their temporary-quarter accommodations through the Air Force lodging Misawa Inn. On-base temporary living facilities are limited to accompanied personnel and unaccompanied personnel E-5 and above. Single E-4 and below are not eligible for TLF and must go to the Consolidated Dorm Management Office in Building 671 for a room assignment. Personnel or their sponsors should make reservations as soon as they are clear on their arrival dates. You can make reservations by calling the Misawa Inn at 011-81-176-66-0282 or DSN 315-222-0282. You must show a copy of your orders at check-in. Pets are not allowed in TLF. There are kennels available on base (DSN 315-226-2228) and off base (011-81-3117-52-3423). There are no non-temporary storage facilities in the area.
We recommend not bringing vehicles to Misawa. Although you may be entitled to ship a car to Misawa, Japanese law requires extensive work to convert vehicles to Japanese specifications prior to being able to license and operate the car. In almost all cases, the conversion costs several thousand dollars and is the sole responsibility of the owner. We recommend that all U.S. cars are sold or stored before moving to Misawa. There are many reasonably priced used cars available for your time here. Cars range in price from $1,500-$6,000.
Contact the Housing Management Office at 011-81-176-77-3200 or DSN 315-226-3200 for more information about the housing-eligibility criteria at this location.
Misawa Government Housing
There are more than 1,700 Family Housing units. Housing amenities include stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer and dryer. Do not bring these items with you. The Traffic Management Office will not ship items back to the continental U.S. for non-temporary storage.
As soon as you have your orders to Misawa, you should contact the Misawa Military Housing Office (MHO), Navy billeting, or Air Force Unaccompanied Housing. In general, personnel can expect to wait 0-1 months to obtain a military family housing assignment.
Military Family Housing units on the Misawa AB are located in two separate housing areas, Main Base and North Area. There are apartment-style homes, both two and three bedrooms, located in 9 apartment towers.
In addition, there are town houses with two-, three- and four-bedroom units available. Generally, two-bedroom units are 1,038 square feet, three-bedroom units are 1,470 square feet and four-bedroom units are up to 1,585 square feet.
One housing area is located on the Main Base where most of the amenities are situated and the majority of people work. The second is in the North Area, which is a 10-minute drive from the Main Base. The area has a middle/high school (which is due to change location to Main Base starting the 2021-2022 school year), small fitness center, gas station, barbershop, an Anthony's Pizza and a Dry Cleaner.
Misawa Air Base is under an On-Base First Policy which means all Military on Accompanied Orders will reside on-base. Off-base housing is generally not an option for Military Accompanied families not an option unless you meet certain criteria such as an over 4 bedroom housing entitlement. Off-base is allowed for all Unaccompanied Air Force E4 and above with more than 3 Years of Service and there are many American-style homes that provide all the comforts you would expect.Off-base housing is not an option unless you meet the criteria through base-housing standards. If you live off base, there are many new American-style homes that provide all the comforts you would expect.
The MHO maintains a listing of off-base rental properties, maps of the Misawa area and English-speaking real estate agents to assist you in your search.
Japanese homes are generally much smaller than those in the United States, so be prepared. Housing is also significantly more expensive, however your housing allowance ceiling is normally enough to cover homes that are available.
Call the Misawa Military Housing Office at 011-81-176-77-3200 or DSN 315-226-3200 for more information. You can also visit their "Misawa Military Housing Office" Facebook page or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org