Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji is situated at the base of Mount Fuji, bordering the Kanto plain. It is a United States Marine Corps installation with a rich and abundant history that represents the culture of its host nation. The ground adjacent to Camp Fuji was used to train samurai warriors long before Marines arrived. As far back as 1198 AD, the Kamakura feudal government trained more than 30,000 Samurai warriors on the same ground where Marines and U.S. Forces train today.
The Fuji Maneuver Area (FMA), which consists of the 12,000-acre North Fuji Maneuver Area (NFMA) and the 22,000-acre East Fuji Maneuver Area (EFMA), is used by U.S. Forces and the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF). It contains live-fire ranges and maneuver areas. NFMA is owned by the Government of Japan (GOJ), Yamanashi Prefecture, and private landowners. GOJ and private landowners own EFMA. GOJ compensates landowners for the use of the land. The U.S. Army trained in this area prior to, and in preparation for, the Korean Conflict. They occupied a number of camps -- such as Camp Fuji McNair, North Camp, Middle Camp, and South Camp. The Army turned over North Camp to the USMC in 1953--which was actually located where Takigahara Garrison and the Japanese National Youth Center are located today, across the street from the Camp Fuji’s current location. The Army vacated the other in the mid-1950s and JGSDF units took possession.
The CATC Camp Fuji is an exclusive use, full-service, 309-acre U.S. facility designed to support U.S. Forces. The helicopter runway is shared by U.S. forces and the JGSDF.
CATC Camp Fuji is part of Marine Corps Bases Japan. Following the integration of 3rd Marine Division’s Subunit 1 and Combat Service Support Detachment 76 with CATC, the mission of CATC changed to provide all logistic and training support necessary to support U.S. Forces deployed to the FMA for training. CATC Camp Fuji assists deployed units in scheduling, coordinating, and using live-fire and maneuver ranges in the FMA; coordinates movement support for III MEF units between Camp Fuji and various points of embarkation and debarkation on the Kanto Plain; and provides intermediate level maintenance and supply support on ground equipment used in the FMA.