Generally they are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from YokotaandTuesday, Wednesday, Friday from Singapore. There are variances based on national holidays in Singapore and United States where flights generally will delay 24hrs. The Monday/Thursday flight is a contracted 757 cargo/passenger aircraft that can carry up to 41 pax. The Tuesday flight is a C-17 and generally only offers 10 seats.
Suggest avoiding “Golden Week”, basically the first week of May. Everyone in Japan has vacation. Lines longer than normal.
Kanto Lodge – Space-A reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance of the arrival date for up to a three night stay space permitting and based on actual and projected occupancy. Space-A guests must possess a valid ID card and credit card upon check-in. Call 224-2002 to book a reservation.
(The New Sanno is in Tokyo, but US Navy run) – There’s a daily shuttle bus going to the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo. Cost $8 one way per ID card holder and leaves Kanto Lodge at 0900.
Restaurants & Night Life
Those eligible to dine at the Samurai Café (Chow Hall) are: Active duty enlisted personnel, retirees, TDY DoD Civilians and TDY Officers when directed on orders, officers and active duty military family members for federal holidays and during base shut-downs.
Best way I know to get to the Fussa Train Station a/o Sept. 2014: Upon arriving in Yokota, use the free phones in the phone booths in the lobby. Call the Kanto Lodge and ask their free shuttle to pick you up. It is a quick ride from the terminal. Take their shuttle to the lodge and ask the front desk to call you a cab. They will call the cab company that has approval to come on base. The cab will take you right to the Fussa Station. Price should be around $20 and it’s best to pay in yen. You can get yen and/or dollars at the ATM in the hotel lobby. It is a Community Bank ATM (Bank of America) last time I was there. I highly suggest that you look up your train route ahead of time and have it saved on your phone. Train Route Finder EVERYTHING is in Japanese at the train stations and none of the workers at the train station seem to speak English! Look up your routes ahead of time, take them to the office at the train station and point to the routes (you have saved on your phone/IPAD) you want to travel and they will be more than willing to help.
To be eligible for a Japan Rail Pass, it is necessary to enter Japan on the visa ‘Temporary Visitor’ status, which authorizes a stay in Japan of less than 90 days for unpaid activities. In many cases this visa is granted automatically on your arrival into Japan if you enter the country as a tourist. However, if you enter Japan under a military/business/diplomatic visa or status then you will not receive the ‘Temporary Visitor’ visa and you will be unable to exchange your voucher for the pass as you status is checked at that time. Examples of status which do not allow the use of the JR Pass are: SOFA, APEC Business Travel Card, etc…