Location: Yokosuka City is located about 30 miles southwest of Japan's capital city, Tokyo, on the east coast of the main island, Honshu. It is an industrial and residential community, with an area of about 39 square miles. This 579-acre Naval base occupies a small peninsula jutting into Tokyo Bay. As the home of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet and winner of the 2009 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, CFAY (Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka) hosts 12 afloat commands and 84 tenant commands. CFAY's primary mission is to provide support services to forward deployed naval forces in Yokosuka, and other units assigned in the Western Pacific. CFAY homepage. View our "Duty in Japan" video.
Cost of Living: Japan is known as a high cost of living area.
Base Operator: Dial 0 from a DSN line on Yokosuka Naval Base, dial 046-816-1110 from a Japanese cell phone, or dial 011-81-46-816-1110 from the United States.
Population: The base has a population of 24,500 military and civilian personnel.
Area Population: 423,576 in Yokosuka, Japan.
Child Care: The Child Development Center (CDC) and Child Development Homes (CDH) both offer full day care and hourly care based on availability. There is also before & after School Care available for children in Kindergarten through 12 years old. Developmental child care and youth recreational programs are available to all Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) sponsored active duty military, activated reservists and guardsmen, DoD civilian personnel, and DoD contractors. Youth recreational programs are also available to military retirees and DoD civilian retirees. If you would like to register on the Central Enrollment Waiting List for childcare for your infant to 12-year-old child/children, please call DSN 315-243-3219 or internationally 011-81-46-816-3219. You may also register online.
Youth Services: For information on Child and Youth Education Services please go to the website.
Fleet and Family Support Center: The Fleet and Family Support Center is located on the 4th floor of the Community Readiness Center (CRC) building. Services include Information and Referral, Clinical Counseling, New Parent Support, Relocation Assistance, Career Services, Deployment Support, Financial Management, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Exceptional Family Member, and more. For inquiries or to sign up for a workshop please call DSN 315-243-3372 or 011-81-46-816-3372 from the United States.
Housing: Military Family Housing (MFH) is located on Yokosuka Naval Base and Ikego Housing Detachment. They all differ widely in age, construction, and layout. Attendance at the Newcomer's Brief is mandatory in order to receive assistance from the Housing Welcome Center staff. Housing consists of townhomes and high rise towers. Contact the Housing Office at DSN 315-4463 or from the United States dial 011-81-46-816-4463.
Employment: Basic employment opportunities are available at CFAY, with dozens of jobs available at any given time along with a countless need for volunteers. Employers and volunteer organizations actively compete to attract employees, however, the number of upper level, advanced skill, and supervisory positions are very limited. The majority of immediately accessible jobs are in the customer service, food service, and clerk fields.
Medical Services: U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka (USNH) can be reached at DSN 315-243-7144 or 011-81-46-816-7144 from the United States. The Dental Clinic can be reached at DSN 315-243-8808 or 011-81-46-816-8808 from the United States. USNH serves military and DoD civilian personnel throughout mainland Japan. Services include Primary Care, Ancillary, Emergency, Educational and Development Intervention Services (EDIS), Circuit Providers, Specialty Care, the Storks Nest, and Dental Services.
Special Messages from Installation: Due to limitations or non-availability of some medical and educational services, personnel who require specialized services should fully investigate the availability of such services prior to transferring to Japan.
If you have orders assigning you to an aviation squadron and the orders state that your ultimate duty station is at Yokosuka, contact your detailer immediately. There are no aviation squadrons based in Yokosuka. All aviation squadrons are located at NAF Atsugi.
If you received "unaccompanied" orders to Yokosuka, please do not bring your family. You may not be eligible for certain entitlements, allowances or family services- this could cause extreme financial hardship.
We are guests in Japan and we're all ambassadors. We should conduct ourselves with honor, courage, commitment and respect to others.
Drinking and Driving in Japan -- If a driver is pulled over by the Japanese Police while operating a motor vehicle and signs of intoxication are observed or an odor of an alcoholic beverage is emitting from the driver, that individual and all passengers can be charged with alcohol-related offenses under Japanese law. No matter the outcome of a DUI, the penalty is always heavy. Japanese authorities can detain offenders for days, months or even years depending on the violation. Time in captivity does not include military pay.
Plan ahead when bringing pets. The quarantine process is lengthy and the cost of shipping pets can be high.
Consider putting large furniture items in long term storage as housing quarters are small. The currency is Japanese yen. It is recommended to exchange $100-$200 prior to arrival for use in the airport upon your arrival.
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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Temporary Lodging Facility
While single members may report almost immediately to their parent commands or get temporary billeting in the BEQ/BOQ, families will most likely spend some time at the Yokosuka Navy Lodge, Navy Gateway Inn and Suites, or a hotel in town. Ensure you have a copy of your orders, the Family Entry Approval, and passports for the check-in process. The Navy Lodge and Navy Gateway Inns and Suites have a limited number of rooms that allow pets. It is a good idea for you or your Sponsor to contact the NEX Kennel for a reservation for pet boarding. Reservations are accepted only in person or via phone, please call DSN 315-243-4620 or internationally 011-81-46-816-4620.
Central Billeting Office
The Central Billeting Office is located in the BEH Bldg. 3333 across the street from the Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Bldg. 1555. All buses from the airports stop just outside the lobby door of the PSD building. The Central Billeting Office is open 24 hours and handles all BEH reservations and assignments. All major credit cards are accepted. The BEH can be contacted at DSN 315-243-5569 or internationally 011-81-46-816-5569 or the Department of Defense Lodging homepage.
Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)
Guests are responsible for paying their Lodge bill after each 10 day period of stay. Your Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) will be paid by the Disbursing Office after the Navy Lodge endorses your receipt. Important: Your TLA will not start until you have checked into your command, or into the Transient Personnel Unit if your afloat command is out of port. You cannot draw TLA while you are in a travel status. You can only draw TLA while in a leave status after you have checked into you gaining command (or TPU) and after your gaining command authorizes subsequent leave. If Welcome Center personnel state that Military Family Housing may be available within 60 days you may remain at the Navy Lodge and TLA will be paid in 10-day increments until you move in. Declination of Military Family Housing may result in TLA being stopped. If the Welcome Center indicates Military Family Housing will not be available within 60 days you must actively pursue off base housing (a minimum of 5 houses per week) to be eligible for TLA.
Yokosuka Navy Lodge
You or your Sponsor can make reservations for the Yokosuka Navy Lodge upon receipt of your PCS orders to Japan. The Yokosuka Navy Lodge is conveniently located next door to the CNFJ Housing Welcome Center in Bldg. J200 about 2.2 kilometers from the Main gate/Carney gate. Keep them up-to-date in the event of orders modifications (ORDMOD) or other travel changes. Maintain communication with your sponsor regarding this matter. You can make a reservation at the Lodge by calling 1-800-628-9466. The Navy Lodge can be contacted locally at DSN 315-243-6708 or internationally 011-81-46-816-6708. Pets are allowed in select pet-friendly rooms at Yokosuka's Navy Lodge Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on pet-friendly rooms and reservation requirements.
Rates for Yokosuka Navy Lodge
$70.00 per night for the Business Class Room (1 queen bed or 1 queen bed with bunk beds – both have kitchenettes), $80.00 per night for Kitchenette Style Room (2 queen beds with kitchenette), $105.00 per night for the Junior Suite (2 queen beds, pull out couch, kitchenette.)
The Navy Lodge offers many services to ensure that your stay there will be as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Each room has internet access, TV, DVD player, alarm clock, refrigerator, iron, ironing board, coffee pot, microwave, and hairdryers. If you would like a room with a stove please request it when making your reservation, but please note that they aren't guaranteed. All rooms have access to ice machines, cribs and roll-away beds, indoor/outdoor playground, picnic/barbecue grounds and a small computer lab. There is a bus stop next to the Lodge and the bus schedule and base map can be picked up at the Navy Lodge front desk.
Navy Gateway Inn and Suites
The Navy Gateway Inn and Suites is located just inside the main gate of Yokosuka Navy base, or about 300 meters from the airport bus stop at PSD. The NGIS is open 24 hours and accepts all major credit cards. The NGIS can be contacted at DSN 315-243-7317 or internationally 011-81-46-816-7317 or the Department of Defense Lodging homepage.
Express/UB shipments will not be delivered to the Navy Lodge or NGIS. Bring a sufficient quantity of appropriate items in your regular luggage to cover expected needs.
TLA Approved Off Base Hotels
Several TLA approved hotels within walking distance or a short taxi ride from the main gate of the base are available for temporary lodging when on base facilities are full. You must obtain a receipt from the hotel for proper TLA reimbursement. If you do not have hotel reservations the Navy Lodge or CNFJ Housing Welcome Center can provide you or your Sponsor with a listing of hotels (Western style and Japanese style) in the Yokosuka community.
Associated LinksCFAY Housing
Military Family Housing (MFH) information
Navy Temporary Lodging
Provides travel and lodging information to military service members.