Posted By ThaiGuy on 11-14-2011 4:44 PM Oh, one other thing... You are coming at a unique time in the history of Iwakuni. There is a huge construction & realignment going on which impacts this base, Atsugi, Futenma, Guam & more. A big shift in military forces is in the works, but it will take years. The bottom line is, LOTS of construction going on in Iwakuni in the coming years. If things stay on track, you will see the bulk of this construction & you'll leave about the time it's all done. Be prepared for major inconvenience. It started last year & is picking up speed. A major landfill project was done & they moved the runway 500 meters further out to sea. Now they're moving all the aviation facilities to where the old runway was, they'll rip out the golf course, and use all the vacated land for new housing, etc. In the plans are: New schools, new theater, new commissary & exchange, and more. Lots of barracks going up right now. When it's all done, the CVW up in Atsugi is supposed to move here and our military population will double. This was supposed to be done in 2015, but the Japanese govt is paying for most of it & they're broke. So who knows. Next week they close the main gate for 2 months, realign traffic all over the base, and start reworking the base access. They will also build a commercial air terminal, and the runway will become dual-use with comm air flying in. That will save a 90-minute trip to Hiroshima airport in the future, and you'll be able to fly commercial right from the base. I think that will be a welcome change.