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Location: The 1,249 acres of Naval Air Facility Atsugi lies in the heart of the Kanto Plain on the main island of Japan, Honshu, Kanagawa (Prefecture), Ayase (ah-ya-sey). Co-located with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), it is located about 16 km west of Yokohama and about 36 km southwest of Tokyo. The Base is divided into two areas: individual mission operating areas for exclusive use by each nation, and a joint area for administrative functions. Our mission is to provide facilities, services, material and logistics support for U.S. Navy aviation operations for Carrier Air Wing FIVE, deployed aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Homeport of the Ronald Reagan is Yokosuka Naval Station. For more information please visit the installation homepage. You may also visit our Facebook page

Cost of Living: The cost of living in Japan is higher than the U.S. The Navy compensates for this difference by a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) included in the active duty service member's pay. The amount of COLA is adjusted as the yen rate fluctuates.

Base Operator: 011-81-467-63-1110


  • 3,022 military members
  • 455 DOD Civilians
  • 2,648 Dependents
  • 1,210 Japanese MLC/IHA
  • 2,000 JMSDF

Area Population:  229,199 in Atsugi

Child Care:  Child and Youth Programs provide Child Development and recreational services for children 6 weeks to 18 years of age. The Child Development Center provides full and part day care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The Youth Age Center provides before and after school care for children 5 - 12 years of age. The Teen Center of NAF Atsugi Japan is free to ages 10-18 years old. They offer a lot of activities such as field trips, games, basketball, dance, tennis and a lot more. For more information the Child Development Center at  011-81-467-63-3588, DSN 315-264-3588.

Schools:  Shirley Lanham Elementary School and Zama American High School are part of the Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDS) System, providing an education program for the dependents of U. S. military and civilian SOFA status personnel at NAF Atsugi.

Youth Services:  The Fleet and Family Support Center at NAF Atsugi is an active, on going program that keeps the military children busy and involved. For information on programs and activities call, 011-81-467-63-3878, DSN 315-264-3878.

Fleet and Family Support Center: FFSC 011-81-467-63-3372, DSN 315-264-3372.

Housing: NAF Atsugi has different styles of government housing, including high-rises, townhouses, garden apartments and single family dwellings. Please contact your Atsugi Housing Service Center (AHSC), at 011-81-467-63-3795, DSN 315-264-3795 when planning your move to NAF Atsugi, Japan. The best way to obtain housing info is to contact housing directly. The housing office wants to give the most accurate and current information to their customers.

Employment: Family Employment Readiness program helps family members to assist in their resume writing, interview skills and enhance their career development. Basic employment opportunities in NAF Atsugi are plenty through MWR and NEX. Majority of the jobs are customer service, clerk, food service, child care provider, admin work, book keeper, computer technician and etc. Supervisory positions and advanced skills positions are very limited. Substitute teachers are always needed in both Elementary School in Atsugi, Middle School and High School in Camp Zama which is the Army Base. Call the Family Employment Readiness Office 011-81-467-63-3514, DSN 315-264-3514, for more information.

Base Services: 

Medical Services:  Branch Health Clinic, 011-81-467-63-3958, DSN 315-264-3958. Dental Clinic 011-81-467-63-3958, DSN 315-264-3958. NAF Atsugi offers excellent clinical Branch Medical and Branch Dental services. Specialized services are many times redirected to US Army Camp Zama or US Naval Base Yokosuka.

Special Message from this Installation: 

We are guests and ambassadors in Japan. Unwavering professionalism is always emphasized with our Commanding Officer such as integrity, service, excellence, honor, courage, commitment, loyalty, duty and respect. We are warriors of character and behavior counts and moral commitment & technical proficiency become part of our daily lives by consistently doing the right thing even when no one is looking. Some critical Installation information of NAF Atsugi are the following:

  • Drinking and Driving in Japan - This is punishable with large amount of money and imprisonment for years.
  • To drive in Japan, you must have a valid state driver's license upon arrival in Japan. Japanese SOFA licenses will not be issued without a valid license. 
  • Very limited on or off-base housing is available for pets, particularly dogs. It may delay your move.
  • Refrain from bringing large furniture because Japanese housing is small.
  • The currency is Japanese yen. It is recommended to exchange a small amount ($100-$200) prior to arrival for use in the airport upon your arrival.
  • Childcare is limited and reservation in advance is highly recommended. 

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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