Now that you have settled into your new home with family, work and life flowing like a well-oiled machine (or even a squeaky one), you may be ready to get yourself back into (or start a new one) a fitness schedule.

While there are parks or riverfronts that are peppered around Tokyo where you can stretch your legs or create a self-developed workout, a gym might be more motivating – especially during the chilly winter months or humid summer ones. Besides, gyms are also places to meet like-minded individuals to either directly or indirectly keep you on track to your fitness goals.

Local Gyms

Before we look at all the private gym options with larger membership fees, you should consider using your ward or city sports centers  (スポーツセンター). Gym access might cost as little as 400yen for a day pass for residents. There may be another slightly higher package price to use other facilities such as pools, classes or tracks. It will depend on your ward/city on what is available, but this is an excellent option to stay healthy without breaking the bank. Also, you’ll be contributing back to the community you reside in while possibly meeting your neighbors.

The most popular city gym is the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym, which was used during the 1964 summer Olympics and has always been on a site for fitness activities. The facility offers a wide range of activities with a full-size Olympic pool, studio for classes, arenas, race track, futsal courts and a fully-equipped gym. Rates are also reasonable:

2.5 hours 600yen Pool and Gym
One-day pass 2500yen All access
Monthly 6,000 – 7,000yen Depends on use

For information on the rates and what is needed to register, click here.

 

Private Gyms  

English-speaking friendly

There are also a number of private gyms around the city. Membership fees will vary depending on the type of gym as well as where you live.

We have put together a list of a few gyms that have been recommended by current Tokyo expats along with a few that may not be well-known.

**They are listed in alphabetical order for ease of reference with a note on which ward you the gym may have a branch. Also, please understand that this is not an exhaustive list of every gym in the city, but ones that we know about at the time of writing. Feel free to comment if you know of other gyms that you would recommend.

Ark Hills Spa
Address Ark Towers West, 1-3-40, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access Nanboku Line, Roppongi 1-chome Sta. 2 min.-walk

Ginza Line, TameikeSanno Sta. 5 min.-walk

Contact 03-5573-2830


http://www.hillsspa.com/english/

Facilities Pool, Jacuzzi, Mist Sauna, Dry Sauna, Gym, Golf Range, Studio, Restaurant, Massage Room

 

B-FIT Exclusive Private Gym – Azabu Branch
Address Plaza Azabu 202, 1-2-16, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access Toei-Oedo / Nanboku Line, Azabujuban Sta. 5 min.-walk  
Toei-Oedo Line, Akabanebashi Sta. 3 min.walk
Contact 03-6435-3399


http://b-fit.co.jp/english

Facilities Gym, Bath, Massage Room

 

 

Club 360
Address Cma3 Building B1, 3-1-35, Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access Hibiya Line, Roppongi Sta. 9 min.-walk

Oedo Line, Roppongi Sta. 10 min.-walk

Contact 03-6435-3399


http://www.club360.jp/

Facilities Physiotherapy, Gym, Bath, Studio, Coaching, Massage Room

 

 

Esforta Fitness Club
Address Akasaka, Ichigaya, Roppongi, Shibuya, Suidobashi and Yokohama
Access Check location
Contact http://www.esforta.co.jp/english/personal/
Facilities Gym, Pool, Studio, Sauna

*may vary depending on location

 

 

Fitness Club Hiroo
Address 2~4F Hiroo Complex Building,

5-7-35, Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access Hibiya Line, Hiroo Sta. 2 min.-walk
Contact 03-5448-9970


http://www.fitness-hiroo.com/e-index.html

Facilities Jacuzzi, Gym, Spa, Studio

 

 

Gold’s Gym
Address Various locations
Access Check location
Contact http://www.goldsgym.jp/
Facilities Gym, Studio, School

*may vary depending on location

 

 

Hills Spa
Address Various locations in the “Hills”
Access Check location
Contact 03-6406-6808

http://www.hillsspa.com/english/index.html

Facilities Golf, Gym, Spa, Studio, School

*may vary depending on location

 

 

Kinetikos Lab (formerly Synergy)
Address 5-11-2, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access Yamanote Line, Ebisu Sta.

Namboku/Toei-Mita Line, Shirokanedai Sta.

Contact 03-5422-7100 **transitioning at the time of writing, so may need to update this information**

http://kinetikoslab.jp/

Facilities Gym, Studio

 

 

Orange Gym Rats by 4G
Address 1F., 5-18-19, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access Hibiya Line, Roppongi Sta.

Toei-Oedo / Nanboku Line, Azabujuban Sta.

Contact 03-6426-5595

https://www.ogrtokyo.com/

Facilities Gym

 

 

TOTAL Workout
Address Roppongi Hills Metro Hat / Hollywood Plaza B2F, 6-4-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access Hibiya Line, Roppongi Sta. 1 min.-walk

Oedo Line, Roppongi Sta. 4 min.-walk

Contact 03-5414-1102

https://www.totalworkout.jp/english/

Facilities Gym, Golf Range, Bath, Studio, Massage Room

 

Japanese speaking-foreign friendly

There are a number of Japanese gym around Tokyo that are advertised in Japanese, but welcome the expat that can get by in Japanese. Just keep in mind that the rules, expectations, etc. may be less ‘flexible’ in these places. However, if you’re familiar with the culture and language already, these may be more to your liking.

Aqua Sports & Spa
Address 4-15-30, Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access Tokyu-Denentoshi Line, Futago-Tamagawa Sta. 10 min.-walk

Tokyu-Denentoshi Line, Yoga Sta. 10 min.-walk

Contact 03-3707-8211

http://www.aquasportsspa.com/

Facilities Gym, Pool, Studio, Spa

 

Central Sports Club
Address Various locations
Access Check location
Contact http://www.central.co.jp/
Facilities Gym, Pool, Studio

*may vary depending on location

 

Jexer Fitness Club
Address Various locations
Access Check location
Contact http://www.jexer.jp/
Facilities Gym, Futsal, Studio, Spa

*may vary depending on location

 

Konami Sports Club
Address Various locations
Access Check location
Contact https://www.konami.com/sportsclub/
Facilities Gym, Nutrition, Pool, Spa, Studio, School

*may vary depending on location

 

Libertyhill Club
Address 3-26-6, Yakumo, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Access Tokyu-Toyoko/Oimachi Line, Jiyugaoka Sta. 15 min.-walk
Contact 03-5731-5731

http://www.libertyhill.co.jp/

Facilities Golf, Gym, Martial arts, Pool, Spa, Studio, Tennis

*may vary depending on location

 

Renaissance Sports Club and Spa
Address Various locations
Access Check location
Contact https://www.s-re.jp/
Facilities Pool, Jacuzzi, Mist Sauna, Dry Sauna, Gym, Bath, Studio, Squash Court

*may vary depending on location

 

Riviera Sports Club
Address 3-3-3, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access Ginza Line, Gaienmae Sta. 3 min.-walk

Chiyoda, Ginza Line, Omotesando Sta. 7 min.-walk

Contact 03-5474-8000

https://www.riviera.co.jp/sports/aoyama/index.html

Facilities Pool, Jacuzzi, Mist Sauna, Dry Sauna, Gym, Golf Range, Bath, Studio, Relaxation Room, Massage Room, Squash Court

 

Spa Shirakone
Address 1-1-18, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access Nanboku Line, Shirokanedai Sta. 3 min.-walk

Toei-Mita Line, Shirokanedai Sta. 3 min.-walk

Contact 03-3444-5811

http://www.spa-shirokane.com/

Facilities Pool, Dry Sauna, Gym, Golf Range, Bath, Studio, Restaurant, Relaxation Room, Massage Room, Squash Court

 

Sports Club NAS
Address Various locations
Access Check location
Contact https://www.nas-club.co.jp/
Facilities Gym, Studio

*may vary depending on location

 

Tip-x Tokyo
Address Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Shinjuku
Access Check location
Contact http://tip.x-tokyo.jp/
Facilities Pool, Jacuzzi, Dry Sauna, Gym, Bath, Studio, Relaxation Room

*may vary depending on location

 

Tipness Fitness Club
Address Various locations
Access Check location
Contact http://tip.tipness.co.jp/
Facilities Pool, Jacuzzi, Mist Sauna, Dry Sauna, Gym, Bath, Studio, Relaxation Room

*may vary depending on location

 

Tokyu Sports Oasis
Address Various locations
Access Check location
Contact http://www.sportsoasis.co.jp/
Facilities Pool, Jacuzzi, Mist Sauna, Dry Sauna, Gym, Golf Range, Bath, Studio, Massage room

*may vary depending on location

 

Non-Gym Fitness

If you are not the gym-going type (or the fees deter you), but are still looking for some running buddies or workout pals, there are Meet Up and Facebook community groups where you can go to various fitness activities throughout the city.

These two seem to have the largest number of members, but a Google search will bring up plenty of other communities in the city.

Now, you have no more excuses for not getting yourself back into your fitness routine!

 

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