Tokyo Gyms: Fitness Clubs in Central Tokyo

Poste date: Friday, April 5, 2024

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Having settled into your new living arrangements in Tokyo, are you wondering if there are any options for gyms or fitness clubs nearby? Don’t worry! Whether you want to just keep up with your exercise routine back home, or to build up those muscles for your next summer vacation, Tokyo gyms are plentiful, and you will be able to find one to suit your every need especially if you live in and around Minato-ku and Shibuya-ku.

Read on for more about the types of gyms in Tokyo, Japanese gym etiquette, and even a list of Tokyo fitness clubs that will keep you happy, healthy and strong.

3 Types of Tokyo Gyms

Depending on where you’re from, your expectations about the price of a gym membership and the services offered may vary. Gyms in Tokyo–indeed, Japanese gyms in general– tend to fall into three general categories.

Private gyms and fitness clubs

Private Tokyo gyms tend to have higher membership fees than what you might find elsewhere, 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.

Many private clubs these days are also open 24 hours a day, a real benefit if you know you might be working late or if you want to get to the gym before you go to the office. Flexible times help you stay true to your fitness goals.

Public gyms

Offered all over the city, public gyms in Tokyo are inexpensive in comparison to most private fitness clubs and will generally still offer a variety of services, from free weights, cardio, and swimming, to licensed fitness classes and personal training. Many city gyms are as inexpensive as 300 yen per visit with no expensive monthly fees! Note that while more affordable than private clubs, most public Japanese gyms offer very little when it comes to English service. 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.” There is at least one in every ward of the city. Many areas have more than one.

Specialty and Hard-Core Gyms

This is the no-nonsense type of gym for serious bodybuilders, or crossfit devotees appropriately called a “haddokoa jimu” (hardcore gym). Trainers here are also more experienced, and will be able to explain everything from muscles to machines in detail. These gyms have the same options as other private gyms plus more equipment for muscle training. You will often see bodybuilders and athletes here.

Proper gym etiquette and things to know in Japan

In some senses, Japanese gym etiquette is the same regardless of where you go in the world. You will also find some very specific Japanese concerns that should be followed as best as possible when working out, even if you don’t necessarily agree or understand why. Knowing the basic etiquette; what to do or not to do, will make your experience a happier one and will be less frustrating for you and your fellow Japanese gym-goers.


Don’t Expect Everything to be in English

When applying for a Japanese gym membership, there are some places that will offer help in English, but almost all, especially the public gyms, have their explanations written in Japanese. It would help to do prior research on the different kinds of plans available on the gym’s webpage, or as that may not be written in English either, ask a Japanese friend or colleague before you go. Although not guaranteed, private Tokyo gyms are probably more likely to have a few English-speaking staff members.

Remember to Prepare Identification

Plans for private gyms range from 5,000yen to as much as 20,000yen a month, and for these you should probably bring whatever forms of identification you have (passport, residence card, even an official hanko stamp if you have it). Public gyms are very cheap in comparison, costing just 300 yen to 500yen per visit, and even cheaper if you are a resident of that area. Simply show your residence card as a proof of your address, and you’ll be ready for your workout.

Feet, Food, Photos and Towels

Indoor Shoes, Mats at Toilet Slippers

Be sure to bring proper footwear for the gym, or you won’t be allowed in. Generally speaking, you can’t wear your regular outdoor shoes or sneakers at a Japanese gym. Before stepping into the locker room be sure to take off your shoes and carry them to the locker area. You will need to bring a pair of sneakers specifically for wearing inside that have clean soles. If you decide to stretch on the designated mats, or you are taking part in a yoga class with mats 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. Be sure not to wear the toilet slippers when going back to the workout area!

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Hungry? Thirsty?

Unfortunately, food—even energy bars—is another no-no on the workout floor. Most Japanese gyms will have a designated area for eating snacks. They will also have vending machines in lieu of water fountains, so if you don’t want to buy a drink there, it’s best to have water with you. Water is usually allowed in the workout room, but please confirm this before you bring your bottle with you. Obviously glass bottles are dangerous, so be sure to use plastic or metal water bottles.

(Not) Taking Selfies and Gym Pics

Don’t take pictures of yourself (or others); often the use of phones is banned outright throughout Tokyo gyms and in the rest of the country excluding special designated areas such as the lobby.

Bring your own towels

Although you can often rent one, remember to bring your own towel. While it may be common in other countries to drape your towel over the machine when taking a few minutes break before completing your set, in Japan this practice is generally frowned upon.

If receiving complimentary towels is not a part of your membership plan, then you must always bring your own, including a smaller one for wiping sweat from your body while you work out. Japanese gyms will likely have designated cleaning towels to be used on the weight lifting and cardio machines.

Machine Manners

Make and Keep Reservations

Some gyms actually have a reservation system or waiting list for equipment. This system usually consists of a red magnetic card that you take to “reserve” a machine and let other people know that someone has lined up to use it. Fitness classes also typically require reservations, and as punctuality is crucial in Japan, doors are typically locked 15 minutes after the starting time. Arriving late, obviously, is considered bad manners. As long as you get to the class along with everybody else, you will be welcomed. You may even make some great gym buddies!

Follow Instructions

As with any gym, all machines in Japanese gyms come with instructions on how to use them. Even if you cannot understand Japanese, most machines come with illustrations. Trainers and staff members are available and will approach you if you are using a machine incorrectly.

Clean and Reset

After using the machines, wipe them down, 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.

Finish in a Timely Manner

Be conscientious and make sure to give others an opportunity to use equipment. While it may be acceptable in your home country to completely 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.

Avoid Supersetting

Jumping back and forth between machines (or supersetting, as they call it), is considered bad manners, and you can usually find signs around the gym that prohibit people from doing so. Especially if there are people waiting, the best thing to do is simply complete your current set and, if you must, come back to that machine later when it’s free.

Tatoos, Swimming Caps and Spa Facilities

Cover Tattoos

As with onsens and other spas, 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 a tattoo, be sure to cover it up before you enter. These tattoo-cover stickers can cover tattoos and can be used in water.

Bring your Swimming Cap and Goggles

It may seem old-fashioned, but when swimming in the gym pool, 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. It is also better to bring goggles as well.

Use the Hot Baths and Saunas

One of the biggest differences with Western and Japanese gyms is that many of them actually have hot baths and saunas. After your exercise, you can relax your muscles in the hot-spring-type baths. It is important to note that hot spring etiquette should be followed here as well. For more on that, see this article on what to do when visiting a Japanese onsen bath: Onsen Etiquette in Japan

24 Hours but not 365 Days

Since many gyms have baths and are actually open 24 hours, it is not rare to see salarymen spending the night there and heading straight to work the next day. However, keep in mind that most gyms conduct mandatory cleaning and maintenance every month, which means that they will be closed for several days at a time. Details regarding the closure days are usually posted at the front desk.

English-Speaking Gyms in Tokyo

Club 360

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.

A1: Cma3 Building B1. 3-1-35, Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
A2: The Belgravia B1 Higashiazabu 1-8-4 Minato-ku, Tokyo


Esforta Fitness

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.

Locations: Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Ichigaya, Suidobashi, Akasaka, Roppongi, Yokohama



F45 was established in Australia and now has its branch in Japan.

A: 1-16-3, Shibadaimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo


Fitness Club Hiro

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.

A: Hiroo Complex Building 2-4F, 5-7-35 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo


Hills Spa

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.


Intensity Matters

A: Shirokane 5-12-5, Minato-ku, Tokyo


Maga Gym

At Maga Gym, you can learn Krav Maga which is the self-defense system developed by the Israeli military.

A1: 4F Arrow Bldg, 3-14-7 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
A2: B1F, 3-7-13 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo


My Body My Pilates

My Body My Pilates is a Pilates studio. All classes are taught in English. Use the special code “PHMBMPJP” to get 10% discount.

A: Hidaka Building 3F, 2-7-25 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo


Nihon Barbell Club

A: 5-18-19 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo


Orangetheory Fitness

A: Festa Azabu Building B2 1-7-5 Azabujuban Azabujuban, Tokyo 106-0045


Re-Juvenate Pilates

Re-Juvenate is a classical pilates studio, offering group and private classes. We are a fully bilingual (JP/EN) studio (instructors, receptionists, website). Our studio is equipped with all pilates machines. Re-Juvenate does not charge membership fees, giving you flexibility to come when you wish.

A: Kuwajima Building 2nd Floor, 3-15-7 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo



THE BODY RIDE is a personal training Gym with the highest standards in Roppongi. You can enjoy training with the latest model machines.

A: 2nd Floor, Roppongi International Building, 7-3-12, Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo



A: Iida Annex 7 B1 2-22-20 Tamagawadai Setagaya, Tokyo


Online Health & Wellness Services in Tokyo

MH Health Coaching

MH Health Coaching is an online health coaching service helping expats who want to get fit avoid the frustration of trial and error by creating clarity, properly educating, carefully programming, and providing accountability. The initial consultation is free and results are guaranteed or your money back.

A: Silk, JR Ebisu Building, 1-15-9 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo


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