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Tokyo Gyms: Fitness Clubs in Central Tokyo

Post: Friday March 20, 2015   Author : plazahomes

Having settled into your new living arrangements in Tokyo, are you wondering whether there are any options for English-speaking gyms or fitness clubs nearby?

Are gyms in Tokyo like they are in your home country?
Can you even find an English-speaking gym in Tokyo?

If you have been asking any of these questions, then don't worry. There are plenty of great options to help you stay in shape in and around the Minato-ku and Shibuya-ku.

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Gym membership in Tokyo

Depending on where you're from, your expectations about the price of a gym membership may vary. That said, gym memberships in Japan tend to fall into two general levels.

  • Private gyms and fitness clubs in Tokyo tend to have higher membership fees than what you might find in other countries, but they also traditionally offer a very wide range of services, amenities, and English-speaking staff that are not present at the standard weight lifting gyms. And since Japan is the world leader when it comes to providing customer service, you will definitely notice this special treatment.
  • Public gyms are inexpensive in comparison to most private fitness clubs in Tokyo and will generally still offer a variety of services, from free weights, cardio, and swimming, to licensed fitness classes and personal training. While more affordable than private membership, most offer very little when it comes to English service, so you may want to bring a Japanese friend along when signing up for a membership (though it is possible that there is someone on staff who is able to speak some English). These types of gyms are relatively easy to find near major train stations and are often referred to as “sports centers.”

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Proper gym etiquette in Japan

In some senses, gym etiquette is the same regardless of where you go in the world. There are also some very Japanese concerns that should be followed as best as possible when working out, even if you don't necessarily agree or understand why.

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  • Don't take pictures of yourself (or others) in the gym; often the use of phones is banned outright excluding special designated areas like the lobby.
  • Food is another no-no on the workout floor—even energy bars. Most gyms will have a designated area for eating a snack.
  • If receiving complimentary towels is not a part of your membership plan, always bring your own, including a smaller one for wiping sweat from your body while you work out. Gyms will likely have designated towels to be used on the weight lifting and cardio machines, so it is important to give them a wipe down before moving on to your next exercise.
  • After wiping down weight lifting machines, reset them back to their original settings; this includes changing the weight back to the lightest setting and adjusting the seat height back to the highest position.
  • Be conscientious and make sure to give others an opportunity to use equipment. While it may be acceptable in your home country to finish your set before moving on to the next machine, this may not go over well in Japan.
    Gym staff may request that you do something else if you spend too long on a given exercise machine.
    Many gyms often have sign-up sheets for equipment where you need to write your name down in order to use.
  • Exposed tattoos are not permitted in Japanese gyms. While you may not agree with this rule, it is well accepted in Japan. If you have one, be sure to have it covered before you enter.
  • When swimming in the pools, always remember to bring your swimming cap, even if you are bald or have a shaved head. It is considered unsanitary to swim without one.
  • Generally speaking, you can't wear your outdoor shoes at the gym. Before stepping into the locker room be sure to take off your shoes and carry them to the locker. In other words, bring a pair specifically for wearing inside that have clean soles.
  • If you decided to stretch on the designated maps, take your shoes off before stepping onto them.
  • When nature calls, remember to switch to the provided restroom slippers that are provided in the restroom.

Locating a Gym in Central Tokyo

Here are five good options for English-speaking gyms.

Club 360

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Club 360 is a non-member gym and rehabilitation clinic in the heart of Roppongi. They offer circuit training, boxing, kickboxing, an outdoor bootcamp, yoga, kids classes (including Shinkyokushin karate), and personal training. 

  • Personal training is entirely based on your goals and is guided by a variety of physiological tests to ensure safety and results.
    Club 360's highly trained physiotherapists (physical therapists) and sports massage therapists are on hand to guide you back to full health. Open 7 days a week.
  • Cma3 Building B1. 3-1-35, Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • http://www.club360.jp/

Esforta Fitness

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  • Esforta Fitness has a number of locations around Tokyo and the nearest is in Roppongi. They offer a number of amenities including a large selection of gym equipment, studios for fitness classes, a pool, and a sauna. Other services offered include personalized workout planning and sports stretch/massage. All branches are open 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Ichigaya, Suidobashi, Akasaka, Roppongi, Yokohama
  • http://www.esforta.co.jp/english/personal/

Hills Spa

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  • Hills Spa has locations in Roppongi Hills, Ark Hills, Ark Hills Sengokuyama, Motoazabu Hills, and Atago Greenhills. This private club combines spa and fitness and offers the full range of amenities you would expect from such facilities, including gym, pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, along with massage and also free parking. They offer personal training, stretching, and swimming lessons as well.
  • http://www.hillsspa.com/english/index.html

Synergy

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  • Synergy is a personalized fitness organization that offers a variety of services and classes including massage, conditioning, and various other specialized fitness classes. Each club member of Synergy undergoes a personal consultation to plan out a program that will meet their fitness and wellness needs. 
  • Barbizon 20 Building, 3F, 5-11-2 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku
  • http://synergycenter.jp/en/

Fitness Club Hiroo

Hiroo
  • Fitness Club Hiroo offers a variety of gym and studio programs to its members so they can achieve optimal fitness through its services. They offer a free new member counseling program to introduce the various programs available as well as ongoing support services to make sure members achieve their fitness goals. Spa and personalized training services are also available. Open daily (except Sunday) 9 a.m.–11 p.m.Synergy is a personalized fitness organization that offers a variety of services and classes including massage, conditioning, and various other specialized fitness classes. Each club member of Synergy undergoes a personal consultation to plan out a program that will meet their fitness and wellness needs. 
  • Hiroo Complex Building 2-4F, 5-7-35 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
  • http://www.fitness-hiroo.com/e-index.html

Total Workout

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  • Total Workout has variety of services are offered, depending upon your fitness goals. Whether you want to work on weight training, speed training, core training, or anything else, they have what you need. They don't distinguish between pros and amateurs so regardless of your level, you'll feel at home here.
  • Shibuya, Roppongi (Roppongi Hills)
  • http://www.totalworkout.jp/english/index.html

ORANGE GYM RATS BY 4G

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  • ORANGE GYM RATS BY 4GS offers great varieties for your fitness goals like Circuit Training, HIIT Training, core training, weight training, and also Kickboxing. We also give free protein shakes and fruits water to customers. Plus, face and bath towel can be used for free. The staff will be more than happy to assist with your training. Open daily from 6AM till 11 PM.
  • Grand Mere 1F., 5-18-19, Roppongi, Minato-ku
  • http://www.ogrtokyo.com/english.php

B-FIT AZABU

B Fit
  • B-FIT's experts will help you attain greater fitness and health awareness. They assure you to keep motivated and challenged. Motivate clients by setting goals, providing feedback and their original evaluation before starting out session.
  • PLAZA AZABU 202, 1-2-16, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • http://b-fitazabu.com/english

If you are looking for other options, check out our list of gyms and fitness clubs around Tokyo.

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