While You’re in Japan . . . Check Out Tama Hills!

Tama Hills Cabin Rentals. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force

Tama Hills Cabin Rentals. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force.


Only 45-minute’s drive from Yokota AB and downtown Tokyo, the USAF-run Tama Hills is a relaxing, green and welcome recreation area complete with rolling hills, and thick forests set gently in the middle of Tokyo’s vast concrete jungle. It is divided into two main areas: the golf course and the recreation area.

Cabin interior. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force.

Cabin interior. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force.


According to the Yokota AB services website, the “Tama Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole golf oasis … that is an all inclusive, full service golf complex complete with covered driving range, chipping and bunker areas, and putting greens.”

Originally a World War II Japanese Imperial Army munitions base, the second area of Tama Hills is the Tama Hills Recreation Area. It’s an outdoor play-ground complete with cabins; camping and picnic grounds; horse-riding stables; archery range; tennis courts; miniature golf course; paintball range; mountain bike trails; softball field; and equipment rental for all of these activities including volley ball, croquet, horseshoes, badminton, mountain bikes, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, Frisbees, kick balls, and even inflatable slides and bouncy castles.

For more information please visit:  www.yokotasupport.com.

Old Japanese Imperial Army ruins. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force.

Old Japanese Imperial Army ruins. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force.


Tama Hills 18-hole Golf Course. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force.

Tama Hills 18-hole Golf Course. Photo provided by the U.S. Air Force.


Maj. Chris Watt, USAF, retired and Michelle Watt Fernandina Beach, FL christopherdwatt@yahoo.com

Reprint from July-Aug 2012 • Volume 42, No. 4

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