10 Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Pools in Tokyo

Poste date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tokyo summers have always been infamous for their heat and humidity, but each year the mercury continues to rise. A great way to momentarily escape the sun is to find a cool place in Tokyo to chill out.

Keep reading to find out where the best public pools in central Tokyo are for outdoor fun and serious indoor laps. If you want to learn how to swim, we also cover some English-friendly swimming facilities in Tokyo that offering private and group lessons.

Please note: In order to prevent Covid-19 infections, all facilities request you to wear a face musk inside of the buidling exept the swimming pool area. Some swimming pools are closed this year. Even if it is open, they may make the regulations more strict. Please contact them before you visit.

Japanese Swimming Pool Etiquette

・ It’s important to always listen to lifeguards and be courteous.

・ It’s always necessary to wear a swimming cap unless specifically directed otherwise.

・ Laps are almost always pre-divided with swim instructions on a picture above each lane.

Swimming clothes must be made for swimming — no street clothes allowed in the pool.

・ Keep in mind that in much of Japan, tattoos may prevent you from gaining admission. There are tattoo cover stickers available.

 

Outdoor Swimming Pools in Tokyo

1. Aqua Field Shiba Park Pool, Minato

Website: Aqua Field Shiba Park Pool

Open: July through mid-September (please check website for current dates)

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (July and August), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (September)

Fee for 2 hours of use: Adults ¥500, Kids (elementary and junior high school) ¥200, All others may enter for free.

Address: 2-7-2 Shibakoen, Minato

Aqua Field Shiba Park Pool is an excellent all-purpose facility. Available to everyone, the fee is quite reasonable for the standard two hours, with an added cost for each hour over. Children under third grade must be accompanied by an adult no matter how well they swim, so please keep that in mind when taking a child to the pool. There is no parking at this facility; however, Shibakoen Station is located nearby.

2. Meguro Citizens Center Gymnasium Pool

Website: Meguro Citizens Center Gymnasium Pool(Japanese)

You can read the information in English from the previous year here.

Open: July through mid-September (please check website for current dates)

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fee for 2 hours of use: Adults ¥200, Kids (elementary and junior high school) ¥100, Seniors aged 65 and over and disabled residents ¥100, Toddler Pool ¥100

Address: 2-4-36 Meguro, Meguro

With both a standard-size pool and a toddler pool, the Meguro Citizens Center Gymnasium Pool is unsurprisingly hopping on weekend afternoons. Enjoy the 50-meter lanes in this classic Tokyo pool complex just a stone’s throw from Meguro Station. For the location, size, and price, this is one of the top public pools in Tokyo. Their website is only in Japanese, so any inquiries might be best made in person with a Japanese friend or Google Translate in hand.

Note: If you have a tattoo, you are advised to use rash guards or wear something to cover.

3. Shinagawa Community Pool

* It will be open on following its schedule as usual. However, in order to prevent Covid-19 infections, they are limiting the numbers of visitors to up to 100 and you will also have to provide the health condition check sheet (written in Japanese only) at the entrance.

Website: Shinagawa Community Pool (Japanese)

Open: Mid-July through the end of August (please check website for current dates)

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (evening hours available Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday only)

Fee: Adults ¥400 (high school and above), Junior high school students ¥200, Elementary school students ¥100, Infants may enter for free

Address: 3-2-2 Katsushima, Shinagawa

Shinagawa Community Pool is another large swimming pool complex — this one a little easier to get to for families in East Tokyo. There is a parking lot available at this facility as well as paid lockers. They sometimes have fun events when the pool is open at night, so keep an eye out for notices when entering the building.

Indoor Swimming Pools in Tokyo

4. Minatoku Sports Center

Website: Minato-ku Sports Center

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Fee: Adults ¥250 / hour, Kids (elementary through high school) ¥50 / hour, All others may enter for free

Address: Floors 3-8, Minato Park Shibaura, 1-16-1 Shibaura, Minato

Minatoku Sports Center is one of the sleekest municipal facilities in Tokyo. It’s extra convenient in that it has two pools: one 25-meter lane pool entirely devoted to those swimming or walking laps, and another smaller pool with an adjustable floor. There are also two Jacuzzis, perfect for a post-play soak or a relaxing muscle opener after a long swim. The sports center is open significantly later than outdoor pools of a similar size.

5. Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Sendagaya

* The entire building is closed due to renovation work for Tokyo 2020.

Website: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday), 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday), 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday and holidays)

Fee for 2.5 hours of use: Adults (high school and above) ¥600, Kids ¥260

Address: 1-17-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya

This huge gym complex is one of the biggest in Tokyo, with several professional-quality facilities including a 50-meter Olympic-sized swimming pool complete with spectator stands. This is one of the few gym complexes with a one-day ticket good for classes, studio equipment, pool facilities, and weight training room.

6. Sogo Undojo Swimming Pool, Setagaya

* It is open however, in order to prevent Covid-19 infections, they limit the numbers of visitors up to 200 and you can purchase an entrance ticket only for one hour. For more details, please read this page (Japanese).

Website: Sogo Undojo Swimming Pool (Japanese)

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fee for 1 hour of use: Adults ¥260, All others ¥80

Address: 4-6-1 Okura, Setagaya

Sogo Undojo has a beautiful and functional indoor swimming facility. Boasting an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a 25-meter swimming pool as well as two infant pools and a Jacuzzi, this sports center does a lot for Setagaya’s family-friendly communities. Those hoping to start their own swimming class can rent one or two lanes for up to 15 people. Free WiFi is even available while you wait in the lobby.

7. Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Koto

* Currently closed due to renovation work for Tokyo 2020.

Website: Tatsumi International Swimming Center

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Saturday), 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday and holidays)

Fee: Adults ¥600, Kids (junior high school and younger) ¥260

Address: 2-8-10 Tatsumi, Koto

When it’s not holding world-class sporting events, it serves the community as a humble public pool. Recently renovated and reopened in March of 2019, this facility is sure to be a treat! Individual equipment for holding sports events is also available for on-site rental.

8. Sumida City Gymnasium, Kinshicho

Website: Sumida City Gymnasium

Hours: 9:00a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fee for 2 hours of use: General admission ¥550

Address: 4-15-1 Kinshi, Sumida

With an infant pool and Jacuzzi as well as a lap swimming pool, this smaller, out-of-the-way pool packs a pleasant punch. It provides free two-hour parking and there are also several other rooftop and weight training facilities available, making it perfect for a couple or family that likes to work out together.

9. Sumida-ku Sports Health Center

* It is open however, in order to prevent Covid-19 infections, they limit the numbers of visitors up to 100 and you can purchase an entrance ticket only for 2 hours. For more details, please read this page (Japanese).

Website: Sumida-ku Sports Health Center (Japanese)

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (hours may change by season)

Fee for 2 hours of use on weekdays: Adults (high school and above) ¥440, Kids ¥220, Seniors aged 65 and over and disabled residents ¥100

Fee for 2 hours of use on weekends / holidays: Adults (high school and above) ¥550, Kids ¥280, Seniors aged 65 and over and disabled residents ¥110

Address: 1-6-1 Higashi-Sumida, Sumida

Also located in Sumida, home of Tokyo Skytree, this health center sports an all-weather heated pool as well as an upstairs training room. The pool uses a simple and fun design to allow multiple types of users to enjoy it at once. The lanes are built into the middle of the large, circular pool, with a lazy river running around it complete with waterslide. If you’ve got children, this is the pool for you!

10. Daikanyama Sports Plaza

Website: Daikanyama Sports Plaza (Japanese)

Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday), 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays)

Fee for 2 hours of use: Adults (high school and above) ¥400, Kids ¥100, Seniors aged 60 and over and disabled residents may enter for free

Address: 17-9 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya

This pool, while not public, is open to anyone living, working, or going to school in Shibuya, and boasts a 50-meter swimming pool as well as a secondary walking/aerobics pool and a toddler pool. All pools are heated except the toddler pool, which is only available when outdoor facilities are open.

English-friendly Swimming Lessons in Tokyo

For those looking to learn or have a professional teach their children, Tokyo has a few English-friendly options for swimming lessons.

Tokyo American Club

Website: Tokyo American Club

Hours: 5:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Fee: Lesson fees are relative to the purchased membership plan

Address: 2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato

The Tokyo American Club is a members-only sports club that has served the American expat community in Japan for many years. While members are made the priority, you can be invited as guest for a one-day fee if you know someone who already has a membership. From aqua fitness to swimming basics, the range of adult and kids classes you can get here is top of the line.

Motoazabu Hills Spa

Website: Motoazabu Hills Spa

Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday), 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays)

Fee: ¥4,000 for 30 minutes, ¥8,000 for 1 hour

Address: Motoazabu Hills Forest Terrace East 1F, 1-3-2 Motoazabu, Minato

Experience the ultimate in luxury treatment with the Hills Spa swimming program. Not only do they have a swimming pool located in Motoazabu, but also Sengokuyama, Ark Hills, Atago, and Roppongi.

For an additional fee, personal trainers will help you correct your form for a sleeker swim stroke. They can also critique your stroke and give a comprehensive analysis on how you can improve to meet your fitness goals.

Spa Shirokane

Website: Spa Shirokane (Japanese)

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday), 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Sunday and holidays)

Fee: Lesson fees are relative to the purchased membership plan

Address: 1-1-18 Shirokanedai Minato-ku Tokyo

Spa Shirokane is one of the few remaining exclusive sports clubs for both Japanese and expat residents in Tokyo. Located in the high-end Shirokanedai neighborhood, they are technically members only, but guests can gain access to various facilities in this complex for a fee. Swimming lessons are offered in group sessions, separated into levels according to skill.

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