Self-Defence Force Land

You may have heard about this place in the news. It’s called the Rikujou Jieitai Kouhou Senta-, or the Ground Self-Defense Forces Public Information Center. It was part of a scandal involving wasteful government projects just after the defeat of the LDP in the last election. At that time it only received about 2,600 visitors per week, despite costing millions of dollars to run. Thanks to the scandal, however, it’s getting really crowded these days, although it remains to be seen what will happen when they start charging admission in April.
It’s kind of a mediocre museum that you can walk through in about 15 minutes. There’s a history of the SDF, a bunch of tanks and helicopters, a 3D movie theater, and you can try on army uniforms or other military equipment like flak vests and parachute packs.

The obligatory omiyage (souvenir) shop complete with military-themed cookies and candy.

These “Dead or Alive” cookies are described on the box as a game of Russian Roulette. Ten out of 12 are regular sweet cookies, but two are extremely spicy and taste awful.

To get there, take the Tobu-Tojo line, or Yurakucho/Fukutoshin Line to Wakoshi Station. From there, it’s about a 15-minute walk. Here’s a map: http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/eae/prcenter/guide.html

Official site: http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/eae/prcenter/index.html (Japanese only)

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5 Responses to “Self-Defence Force Land”

  1. dangerous meredith Says:

    hmmm… not sure if it’s the kind of place i would visit even for free! and the cookies i would definitely avoid!

  2. Japan Australia Says:

    Those cookies look like a great idea!! I woudn`t mind visiting “Self Defence Force Land” especially if it was free entry. I think my kid would like the tanks and helicopters.

  3. AdelaideBen Says:

    I’m interested in the SDF… but it looks pretty cheesey. How much were they going to charge anyhow? Whereabouts is it?

  4. pat m Says:

    The cookies look a little odd. My chance of going there is pretty slim. But, I liked the article.


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