JGSDF Camp Takigahara

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JGSDF Camp Takigahara
滝ヶ原駐屯地
Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan
Type Military Base
Site information
Controlled by Ministry of Defense (Japan)
Site history
Built 1909
In use 1909-1945 Imperial Japanese Army
1945-1960 United States Army
1960-present Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

JGSDF Camp Takigahara (滝ヶ原駐屯地?, Takigahara-chūtonchi) is a military base of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, located in Gotemba, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. It is one of several military facilities located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, and is located across a road from the United States Marine Corps Camp Fuji.

History[edit]

Camp Takigahara was established in 1908 by the Imperial Japanese Army as a training facility. After the end of World War II, it came under the control of the United States Army in Japan, and was renamed “North Camp”. The US Army turned over half of North Camp to the United States Marine Corps in 1953, with the other half (across the street from present-day Camp Fuji) was eventually turned over the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as the Takigahara Garrison.

In 1974, Takigaha was elevated to the status of a full base, and reestablished as a training facility for the post-war Ground Japan Self-Defense Force. Camp Takigahara oversees operations of the large joint-use East Fuji Maneuver Area.

Units from Camp Takigahara cooperated in the filming of the 2001 movie Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.

Organization[edit]

  • JGSDF Fuji School (Combined Training)
    • Infantry School Regiment (Mechanized)
  • Fuji Training School
    • JGSDF Evaluation Support Unit

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°19′24″N 138°52′34″E / 35.32333°N 138.87611°E / 35.32333; 138.87611