Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium | 東京体育館 [Closed for renovations]

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Facility Overview

Facility Name
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium | 東京体育館 [Closed for renovations]
Address
1 Chome 17 - 1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture 151-0051
JAPAN
Telephone
(03) 5474-2114

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Drop-in/Casual
The pool is closed for renovations; there is no access.

Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m x 20m, 8 lanes, 1.2m - 2.2m depth , indoors , 28º - 29ºC (82º - 84ºF)
Pool 2
25m x 13m, 6 lanes, 1.2m - 1.4m depth , indoors , 30º - 31.5ºC (86º - 88.7ºF)
Diving
None.

Location

Location
Take the JR Line to the Sendagaya station. The facility is directly across the street; enter under the pyramid; the pool entrance is on the right side, lower level. Or take the Metro Oedo line to the Kokuritsu-Kyogijo station; use Exit A4 for easy access.
County/Region
Tokyo Prefecture
GPS
35.679775,139.7125

Teams That Use This Facility

We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.

Facility Notes

NOTE: The facility is closed for renovations in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Facility Reviews

The 50m pool has speed designated lanes (fast/medium/slow in both English and Japanese); the 25m pool is a bun fight.
Extremely helpful non-English speaking front desk personnel walked me through the entry procedures. Crowded, but a good deal.
A GREAT pool, clean, well managed and a perfect temperature. Highly recommended.
Lockers use magnetic locks; show your ticket at the front desk. The 50m pool is not too crowded weekend AMs or Sundays after 6 PM.
I recently visited this pool. It's a great pool, but I found it crowded. It has nice showers and onzen facilities for soaking. Hair dryers are provided for the women.

Westerners: Be advised that the Japanese have different rules for swimming from anywhere else: No swim watches. No wrist monitors. No bracelets, iPods, or flippers. I was stopped for violating all of these rules. No "outstripping", which I learned is overtaking another swimmer. Also, there are mandatory, 10-minute rest periods. I happened to be caught in a mandatory rest period after only 20 minutes of swimming, but was yanked out of the pool along with the rest of the herd. They seem to require this every two hours. And don't bring your flip flops into the swimming pool area.
[December, 2014]
This is a wonderful facility.

Unlike previous reviewers, however, I have seen people with flippers, mitts, and so on use them without problem. Also, the need for ten minute rest periods was not observed in the twenty or so visits I made in December 2014/January 2015.

A swim cap is mandatory, but there is a shop there, where one can be purchased, if needed. The cheapest one is ¥1000.

The best times for weekday swimming seem to be between 1 PM and 3:30 PM and then from 6 PM on. The afternoons get busy with swim teams that can make consistent swimming a challenge. I did not swim in the morning, so cannot comment.

The hot bath afterwards is the best.
[January, 2015]
This is a fantastic facility and very well organized. Enter under the pyramid, get a ticket from the vending machine (the buttons are only in Japanese but just press the one that says ¥600), put the ticket in the turnstile at the gate, choose any locker, put your ticket in the slot in the lock, remove the key to take with you swimming. Then do all those steps in reverse on the way out (you need the ticket to leave the gate so they know you haven't overstayed).

The locker rooms are spotless. Swim caps are required. Passing is not permitted, as another reviewer has said, but you can make U-turns. I visited twice on a weekday morning, when there were about five people per 50m lane, and on a weekend, when it was much busier (eight to ten swimmers per lane). But the organization is so good that it didn't feel crowded; there were slow, medium, and fast lanes, and lifeguards enforced speeds by telling the slowpokes to move if they were in the wrong lane. (Embarrassingly I chose medium and was immediately told I was too slow (~50sec/50m pace) so I picked up the pace and all was fine.)

The staff do not speak English well but are very helpful and have handouts and signs in English to help. There appeared to be three 10-minute mandatory breaks throughout the day for them to inspect and clean the pool.

Highly recommended. They even have free wifi!
[July, 2017]