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Camp Zama
Zama and Sagamihara, Japan
Two U.S. airmen work atop a signal tower at Camp Zama in June 2002.
Type Military installation
Site information
Owner USA, with authority from Japan
Controlled by United States Department of the Army Seal.svg  United States Army
Site history
Built by Imperial Japanese Army
Garrison information
  • United States Army Japan/I Corps (Forward)
  • U.S. Army Garrison - Japan
  • 441st Military Intelligence Battalion
  • Japan Engineer District
  • 78th Signal Battalion
  • Central Readiness Force, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
  • 4th Engineer Group, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
  • and others

Camp Zama is a United States military base in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan.

The Camp

Camp Zama is close to the Sagami River near the foothills of the Tanzawa Mountain Range, Kanagawa Prefecture. The installation falls in the Zama City limits while the two housing areas, Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area (SFHA), are located in the adjacent Sagamihara City. Once considered rural, this area has transformed into an urban area. New housing developments and communities along with shopping centers have increased the population and made traffic extremely congested. Traveling from Tokyo and outlying U.S. military installations to Camp Zama averages from 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the time of day. However traveling from other parts of Kanagawa was made easier with the opening of the nearby Sagamihara/Aikawa Interchange which connects with the Ken-Ō Expressway in May 2012. The recommended method to travel to Camp Zama during times of peak road traffic is via the extremely reliable local public transportation train system. The closest train station to Camp Zama is the Odakyū Line's Sōbudai-mae Station.

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