10 Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Pools in Tokyo

Poste date: Monday, June 5, 2023

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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.

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

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. 

Address: 2-7-2 Shibakoen, Minato-ku

Website: Aqua Field Shiba Park Pool

2. Meguro Citizens Center Gymnasium Pool

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. 

Address: 2-4-36 Meguro, Meguro-ku

Website: Meguro Citizens Center Gymnasium Pool

3. Shinagawa Community Pool

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.

Address: 3-2-2 Katsushima, Shinagawa

Website: Shinagawa Community Pool

Indoor Swimming Pools in Tokyo

4. Minatoku Sports Center

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.

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

Website: Minato-ku Sports Center

5. Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Sendagaya

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.

Address: 1-17-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku

Website: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

6. Sogo Undojo Swimming Pool, 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.

Address: 4-6-1 Okura, Setagaya-ku

Website: Sogo Undojo Swimming Pool

7. Chuo City Sports Center

The general pool is 25m x 13m with six courses and the children's pool is 0.8m deep. Chuo Ward residents are entitled to a discount if they have proof of residency.

Address: 2-59-1 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo-ku

Website: Chuo City Sports Center

8. Sumida City Gymnasium, Kinshicho

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.

Address: 4-15-1 Kinshi, Sumida-ku

Website: Sumida City Gymnasium

9. Sumida-ku Sports Health Center

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!

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

Website: Sumida-ku Sports Health Center

10. Daikanyama Sports Plaza

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.

Address: 17-9 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku

Website: Daikanyama Sports Plaza 

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

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.

Address: 2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku

Website: Tokyo American Club

Motoazabu Hills Spa

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.

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

Website: Motoazabu Hills Spa

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