Camp Fuji

Camp Fuji, a facility controlled by the United States Marine Corps that can be found in the East Central of Japan in the island of Honshu. It is situated in the vicinity of Mount Fuji specifically at the base 800 miles from Okinawa. Camp Fuji neighbors a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force facility which is known as Takigahara Garrison. The nearest city is the Gotenba City about 10 km away from the camp.

Back then, during the 15th century, samurais used the camp as their training grounds. Up to today it has served as the training area for the armed forces, marines. Marine Corps from the US Army was in control of the place since it was turned over in 1953. The area is roughly 300 acres but just 30 acres of land is dedicated to maneuvers training and firing ranges and areas to provide for the marines based in the Pacific.

Camp Fuji was then considered to be of less accommodating other than other bases since there short of family housing, recreational areas as well. But, no worries, the improvement is underway, since the middle of 1980’s the camp has undergone extensive work to perk up the base. The camp is becoming better and more convenient.

Soldiers at practice on Camp Fuji

Flag at Camp Fuji

Military training at Camp Fuji

Sign at Camp Fuji

Now, the camp is in fact fully equipped it offers recreational facilities consisting of three gyms, volleyball and racquetball courts. It has a library and a small SNCO and Enlisted Club. There is a post office which is in full service a small health check clinic. There is a small non-commissary 7-day store. There are no banking service though but there is always an on the base club system that cashes out including personal checks and will offer yen conversions.

The aim of Camp Fuji is to support military US Force training. It is able to provide to US Forces the facilities for administrative, communications, garrison services and logistical support that especially those who deploy there for training. The task of the camp is to coordinate the use of firing ranges and training amenities, maneuver area that gives necessary support in the units. It really serves as a full service base that makes available the entire services that is necessary for training required for heath, comfort, wellbeing, and morale.

About Richard Wilson

Military veteran who spent most if his active military career outside US and never made back and currently lives in Europe but still haven't lost passion about military forces.

5 Responses to Camp Fuji

  1. austin April 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    How many marines are stationed at Camp Fuji?

  2. Joseph C Hemphill April 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    In Memorial to the Marine’s who lost their lives during the Fuji Fire of 1979 as part of BLT 2/4
    SemperFi Marines

    • Joe Macdonald July 3, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

      thank you Joe, I was there on Oct 19th,1979, went through the fire. Terrible day that was.

      Semper Fi

  3. R. Lheureux October 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    When I was at Camp Fuji there was plenty to do. Great liberty in Gotemba. Me thinks you guys snivel too much!

  4. Lonnie August 5, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    I was there in 1969 we were in tents with oil heaters . We came from Okinawa on a navy LST ship I think.

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