Extreme Paranormal Activity At Japan's Haunted Army Base, Camp Zama
Located just twenty-five miles SW of Tokyo you will discover the former site of the imperial Japanese Army Academy that now houses Camp Zama, the U.S. Army post located in the cities of Zama and Sagamihara in the Kanagawa province, Japan. The Army base is no stranger to terrorist attacks, two alone have been carried out by the Revolutionary Army, and it serves as an emergency shelter for the Emperor of Japan.
Camp Zama is also no stranger to paranormal phenomena. Hundreds of unexplained circumstances have been witnessed by many military personnel over many decades. Supernatural occurrences and ghost sightings have been a constant force where military battle grounds, camps, posts, and bases are concerned, primarily due to the nature of the unsettled beast. War, terrorist attacks, unruly nations, and death are all a part of the reason that our military does what it does.
The Army post has a colorful history that looks something like a vacation resort with a mixture of both historical and modern buildings. The military base is nestled in the foothills of the nearby Tankard Mountain Range, and because of the camp's unique beauty despite it being a facility with equipment and installations supported by highly trained military security and personnel, it is referred to by the locals as “the jewel of the orient." You are temporarily transported by the blooming cherry blossom trees that are bursting with life just everywhere you look, and up until you see the uniformed soldiers you would almost think that you are on a college campus.
The military stationed at Camp Zama have won several awards for their services and maintaining an outstanding facility. At times it becomes almost impossible to complete their duties due to interruptions from unexplained sources that can only be described as paranormal when looked at under close inspection. One such circumstance occurred late at night when the chapel funds clerk, Specialist Jennifer Villagomez was working and an unexplained disembodied Japanese male voice flowed through her unplugged speakers. The gruff voice came across in the manner that a drill sergeant's would, expressing orders in a stern, loud nature. Jennifer at first thought that somebody was playing a joke on her, so she called the only other person in the building. As the sergeant approached Villagomez's desk, the voice in the speakers became lower and lower until it completely dissipated.
Stories of the base being haunted have circulated since before the Korean War from different sources who have heard and seen the unusual phenomena that has taken place at the Army post. First hand witnesses claim that it is impossible to ignore the slamming doors even though there is nobody there. Dark shadows often accompany the slamming doors, depending on if the spirit has entered the room or left. Heavy booted, disembodied footsteps are a constant and the overwhelming feeling that there are strange presences in the room with you simply cannot be shaken off, especially when dowsed with a cold chill that permeates the room and get's you right down to your bones.
Sadness, gloom and doom, heavy air, and the feeling that you are being watched is something that many of the soldiers and other military personnel have experienced when walking in the chapel and a few other areas around Camp Zama. Both military personnel and visitors to the base have been confronted at one time or another or have experienced walking past an apparition that vanishes into thin air. Ghosts appearing in military attire are often seen at the base chapel, usually late at night. Sergeant Joshua Lee hasn't heard any strange voices, but he has witnessed doors opening and closing of their own accord, and light switches flicking on and off at the chapel.
Location: The Camp Zama community is comprised of three main housing areas on mainland Japan: Camp Zama, Sagamihara and Sagami Depot. All three are located in Kanagawa, Ken Prefecture.