Camp Asaka

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Camp Asaka
Nerima, Tokyo 178-8501
Near Tokyo in Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Asaka tilyutonti2.jpg
Coordinates 35°46′53.06″N139°35′47.13″E / 35.7814056°N 139.5964250°E / 35.7814056; 139.5964250
Area909,701 m2
Site information
OperatorFlag of JSDF.svg  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Site history
Built1941 (1941)
Built by Imperial Japanese Army
(as Junior Military Academy)
Garrison information
Garrison Eastern Army

Camp Asaka is a base of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. It lies in four municipalities: Nerima, Tokyo; Asaka, Saitama; Wako, Saitama; and Niiza, Saitama. It serves as the headquarters of the Eastern Army.

The camp was originally the site of a golf course from 1930 to 1940. It served as the site of the Imperial Japanese Army Junior Military Academy from 1941 to 1945, and as a United States Army camp (South Camp Drake) from 1945 to 1960, during which time it housed part of the 1st Cavalry Division.

The Asaka Shooting Range was a firing range constructed on the site for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and hosted pistol and rifle shooting and the shooting part of the modern pentathlon. [1] It is the temporary shooting venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics. [2]

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  1. 1964 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 2010-07-07 at the Wayback Machine Volume 1. Part 1. p. 134.
  2. "Asaka Shooting Range". Retrieved 17 July 2021.

Coordinates: 35°46′47″N139°34′49″E / 35.779855°N 139.580344°E / 35.779855; 139.580344