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Location:  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. These are Akishima, Fussa, Hamura, Mizuho, Musashi-Murayama, and Tachikawa. Yokota is one of the most modern bases in the Air Force. It serves as the primary U.S. military aerial port on mainland Japan. Yokota AB homepage.

Cost of Living: The cost of living in the off-base community can be very expensive: Japan is relatively a high-cost area. 

Base Operator:   011-81-31175-5-1110, or DSN 315-225-1110


  • Military Personnel: 3,446
  • Family Members: 4,130
  • U.S. DoD and USAF Civilians: 196
  • Japanese Local National Employees: 1,967
  • DoDDS Employees: 163
  • NAF Employees:  286
  • AAFES:  75
  • Others:  950

Area Population:  Tokyo Metropolitan Area:  35.6 million; Island of Honshu: 103 million

Base Transportation:  Yokota AB offers a free shuttle (Kanto Express) that tours the base, with abbreviated services on holidays and during base exercises.

Child Development Centers:  Two facilities care for Yokota's children, six weeks to six years old: Kibo CDC on the Eastside and the Yume CDC located across from the main fitness center on the main base. Family Child Care (FCC) programs consist of in-home care provided by licensed providers. Trained FCC providers are available for daily, night, weekend, and unusual hours of care for children 2 weeks to 12 years of age. Phone: 011-81-3117-55-8810 (Yume CDC-West); 011-81-3117-55-8860 (Kibo CDC-East).

Schools:  Yokota Air Base has four schools:

For more information, visit the School Liaison website.

Youth Programs:  Yokota Teen Center is available to youth ages 13-18 and is located on the East Side of the base. This facility includes: Game room with professional pool table, Snack bar and café lounge area, Large screen television, Computer room and Dance room with portable DJ booth. Phone: DSN 315-225-7422.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Airman and Family Readiness Center,  011-81-3117-55-8725 or DSN 315-225-8725.

Housing: There are 2,639 military family housing (MFH) units available at Yokota AB, including Garden units and Tower units. The average waiting period for on base housing is dependent upon the type of housing required, member's rank, bedroom entitlement, and time of year of arrival. Available for all ranks. Call the Housing Management Office at 011-81-3117-55-8636 or DSN 315-225-8636.

Employment: Family members interested in finding employment should visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) upon your arrival. Visit the Human Resources Office website for information about job opportunities at Yokota AB.

Base Services:

Medical Services:  374th Medical Group's medical clinic provides medical care for all beneficiaries, and is located on the East side of the base. They offer a wide range of acute, routine, preventive, and specialty services. Patients who require services not available at Yokota are referred to the closest military treatment facility with the required specialty care. For more urgent needs, patients are referred to local Japanese hospitals. 

For patients needing emergency/urgent care after normal duty hours, they can be seen in the Urgent Care Clinic on a walk-in basis, 24 hours a day.

Special Messages:

  • 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 a majority of Yokota's Military Family Housing units do not allow pets, members are 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.

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.

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