The Ikego area was a former ammunition depot in Zushi City. In 1937, the Japanese Imperial Navy used the land as a storehouse for ammunition. The area covers approximately 710 acres, including about 620 acres of Zushi City, which accounts for 14.5% of the city's area. Ikego first opened in April, 1996. 210 of Ikego's 710 acres are used for U.S. Navy housing. Ikego has a total of 854 housing units, with approximately 3,400 family members living on base. It is located approximately eight kilometers from Yokosuka Naval Base. Driving to Ikego is an easy task and will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes without heavy traffic. Traffic is heaviest in the mornings and afternoons, between 7-8 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Navy Family Housing at the Yokosuka, Ikego, and Negishi areas total about 2,469 homes and apartments during 1977, They all differ widely in age, construction, and layout. In Ikego the first 320 units opened April 1996. The remaining 534 units should be completed by April 1998, making a grand total of 854 units. These completion dates are subject to change based on the construction process of the Government of Japan. Ikego is set in forested hills in the seaside resort town of Zushi. There are three and four bedroom units for officer, enlisted, and civilian families. Ikego has a maxi-mort, club, pool, Child Development Center and Community Center. Sports and other crecreational areas should be complete during 1998. No fee shuttle buses run from Ikego to Yokosuka in the morning and return in the evening, and following extra curricular events at the High School. Ikego can be reached in 20 minutes by toll roads at a cost of about $3, and about 30 minutes by surface roads. Japanese public transportation involves riding two trains at a minimum cost of about $2.
The Ikego Artifacts Museum is located on the third floor of the gym. Over 4,000 boxes of artifacts were discovered over the 30 acres of research area. These artifacts, extending from the Pre-ceramic Age (before the third century B.C.) to the Modern Age, provided us with precious data to about the previously unknown history of the Ikego area. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Clam Rock exhibit is located behind the gym next to the tennis courts. You will be able to see the giant white clams (know as the "living fossils") that inhabited the waters near cracks in the earth's crust deep in the sea over three million years ago. The campsite on base is located in the East Valley. The campsite is the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy Mother Nature at her best, with a beautiful view of the pond. Ikego has two great hiking trails. The short trail next to the Clam Rock takes about 30 minutes -- bring along a lunch and enjoy a picnic at the top. For the more advanced hikers, the longer trail is located next to the camping area. This trail takes about 50 minutes to hike and leads you out near the entrance to the housing area. Some of the trails in Ikego are over 300 years old, and are the original trails that once led to Kamakura City.
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