ABOUT IWAKUNI CITY
Iwakuni, which translates to “rock country,” is a sprawling city that encompasses 337 square miles of beaches, small bays, countryside and clusters of small mountains. The American population, much of it living aboard the Air Station, and the 140,000+ locals, comprise Iwakuni’s unique cultural diversity. Whatever Japanese experience you are looking for, Iwakuni will show it to you.
The city belongs to Yamaguchi prefecture that makes up the Western end of Honshu, Japan’s largest island. Being stationed in Iwakuni is ideal for traveling as Kyushu and Shikoku islands are feasible day trips by car. And getting in and out of town is ultra convenient with Iwakuni Kintaikyo airport located right outside the gate! The Shinkansen bullet train stops at Shin Iwakuni Station, making travel throughout Japan a breeze.
One of Iwakuni City’s primary borders is the Seto Inland Sea. A drive or bike ride along the roads hugging the coastline make for scenic day trips. On clear days, many nearby islands are visible. Most tourists make a day trip from nearby Hiroshima or Miyajima via train to see the Kintai Bridge and Iwakuni Castle, but locals know that there is so much more to do here. Visit MCCS Connect for destinations and directions.
It’s true that there is a strong industrial presence within central Iwakuni comprised of paper, refined oil, and textile manufacturers. But much of the city is scenic waterfront, uncountable rivers and streams, Lotus and rice paddies and forests. There are beaches and hiking trails that are reachable by train or bus. A quick drive can transport you to another island, a bamboo forest, temples, world heritage sights or several large cities.
MCAS Iwakuni occupies a delta comprised of land that was reclaimed by a feudal lord roughly four hundred years ago. The Japanese government commissioned a base here in 1940, and it became a training and defense air station as well as housing Etajima Naval Academy. After being occupied by multiple countries, it became a US Military Base in 1952. Currently, the base population is comprised of roughly 5,500 active duty, family members and civilian employees.
SUPPORT MCCS programs and professionals are here to support you and are committed to making your tour in Iwakuni adventurous, successful and most of all, memorable.
All SOFA status new comers ages 13 and up must attend the Welcome Aboard. This comprehensive brief will address all newly arrivals’ concerns, introduce you to the base and familiarize you with laws and cultural differences in Iwakuni. The Welcome Aboard is held every Monday (except Federal Holidays) from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM at Club Iwakuni.
Sponsors are responsible for enrolling newcomers prior to their arrival. Please call Information & Referral at 253-6161 for details or to enroll.
These services and facilities are vital in your transition to MCAS Iwakuni.
- 0827-79-6161 From Japan
- 011-81-827-79-6161 From USA
- 0827-79-3221 From Japan
- 011-81-827-79-3221 From USA
- Torii Pines Town Center, Bldg 9500
For TAD/TDY and Space Available travelers. Please visit , email or call for details.
Temporary lodging for E1-5 service members who are PCSing to MCAS Iwakuni. Please stop by JRC before heading to Building One for the arrival check-in process.
Assists accompanied service members with finding permanent housing either on or off base.
Coordinates Bachelor Housing accommodations. Permanent Party Bachelor Housing. Coordinates with sponsors of E6+ and Officers for permanent quarters.
- Bldg 608, PMO Vehicle Registration
SOFA LICENSE RESOURCES
BRANCH HEALTH CLINIC*
CLINIC APPOINTMENT LINE*
Available for same day care, as well as routine exams for Family Practice, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Audiograms and Occupational Health Exams.
URGENT CARE CLINIC*
Available for emergencies such as loss of limb or loss of sight 24-hours a day. All other situations are referred to the Medical Officer for additional treatment and options.
Dental provides emergency and routine dental care for active duty and their families.
AMERICAN RED CROSS IWAKUNI*
- 253-4525 | Regular Business Hours
- 1-877-272-7337 | After Hours
Please contact us immediately if you are in need, or have received, a Red Cross official message. If it is after regular business hours, please contact Red Cross National Headquarters at our after hours number listed above.
- 253-6471 DSN
- 0827-79-6471 From Off Base Japan
- 011-81-827-79-6471 From USA
- Mon – Thur | 9 AM – 9 PM
- Fri | 9 AM – 8 PM
- Sat, Sun & Holidays | 9 AM – 5 PM
- Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
- Library, Bldg 411 3rd Fl
COMPLIMENTARY LOAN OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS
Make your transition easier with a Kitchen Kit that includes all the basics you need to survive. Items include flatware, plates, cutting board, cups, coffee maker, toaster, baking goods and more.
- Mon – Sat | 8 AM – 4:30 PM
- Bldg 1350, Typhoon Motors Service
Have more stuff than room? Get a storage unit to keep your treasures safe! MCCS services provides convenient storage for extra furniture, sporting gear, and other household items that need a place to stay. Please contact us for all your storage needs. We have a great storage facility ready to serve you!
Noncombatant evacuation operations (NEOs) are conducted to assist the DOS in evacuating US citizens, Department of Defense (DOD) civilian personnel, and designated host nation (HN) and third country nationals (TCNs) whose lives are in danger from locations in a foreign nation to an appropriate safe haven.