As the temperature soars and seemingly everyone on the trains are sweaty and clammy, it’s hard not to fantasize about escaping Tokyo’s summer. While some are fortunate enough to leave the city to sit on a beach somewhere, others have no choice but to endure the heat. For those looking for temporary relief from the blazing sun, here’s a list of pools in the Tokyo/Yokohama area.
Meguro Citizens Center Gymnasium
This gymnasium sports a 25 meter pool and a kids’ pool, both of which are outdoors. They do tend to close when the weather gets bad.
Outdoor Pool Open: July 1–September 10, 10am–8pm
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Located in Sendagaya, this facility offers two choices — a 50 meter, eight-lane Olympic-sized pool and a 25 meter, six-lane pool — both of which are heated and can be used along with the weight training room for ¥600. It is worth noting that group fitness classes are also available and free for the first 30 minutes.
Open: Year-round, 9am–11pm (Sat until 10pm, Sun and holidays until 9pm)
Tatsumi International Swimming Center
Home to two Olympic-sized pools along with a diving pool, this center is a swimmer’s dream. Host to various international swimming competitions throughout the year, regular folk can dream big on “public opening days.” Check the website for details.
Open: Year-round, 9am–10pm
Aqua Blue Tama
This swimming center located in Tama City is home to a 50 meter pool, a wave pool, water slides and kids’ pools. It also has a steam sauna and a training room.
Open: Year-round, 9am–9:45pm (Sun and holidays, January through June and September through December, 9am–7:45pm)
Minato-ku Sports Center
Close to Tamachi Station, this sports center comes with a full set of facilities: pools, sauna, weight room, and aerobics classes. Assorted exercise classes in and out of the pool are also available.
Open: Year-round, 8:30am–10pm (Last entry, 9:30pm)
Sumida City Gymnasium
Opened seven years ago in Kinshicho, this gymnasium offers a 25 meter, seven-lane pool and a 50 cm deep kids pool. Swimming classes are also available (Japanese only).
Open: Year-round, 9am–10:30pm (Closed the third Monday of every month)
Katsushika City Sogo Sports Center
Near Aoto Station on the Keisei Line, this sports facility offers a 25 meter pool and a 15 meter pool for beginners. Large and small gymnasiums, martial arts rooms and a variety of other facilities make this a great place to check out.
Open: Year-round, 9am–9pm
(Closed the fourth Wednesday of each month)
Ariake Sports Center
Another large sports facility offering a variety of classes and activities. It also has two main swimming areas, one of which has a slide perfect for children of all ages.
Open: Year-round, 9:30am–9:45pm
Setagaya Chitose Indoor Pool
Another great swimming facility, this one has a 25 meter pool as well as a kids’ pool, a Jacuzzi, a walking pool and the ever-fun slide. Other floors are home to a fitness room, gymnasium and changing rooms.
Open: Year-round, 9am–9pm
(Close the first Monday of the month)
Check out swimia for a publicly-sourced listing of even more Tokyo and Yokohama pools.