A List of All Japanese Gold’s Gym Locations in Plain English

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Attention to all you fitness fans out there! If you’re living in Japan you may be having a hard time finding a Japanese gym because a) the rules are a bit weird, b) it’s too expensive, or c) you’ve caught one too many eyefuls Japanese male privates.

If any of these are your reasons, I hate to say it, but a Japanese gyms may be a lost cause. Well, not completely. You’ll find that nearly every gym you go to in Japan is going to do things just a little differently than the gym in your hometown. Of all of the gyms I’ve tried, the best by far has been Gold’s Gym. Here’s the catch though, Gold’s also happens to be one of the most expensive chains in Japan.

Often I come across Gold’s Gym chains by total accident. I’ll be out walking somewhere or running somewhere and just come across that gold and black sign by chance. I’ve found that many of the Gold’s gyms don’t have English info books with all of their locations in it. They may have them in Japanese, but not in English.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands…

Here is a list of every single Gold’s Gym in Japan, listed in alphabetical order along with the nearest station and telephone number. 

I hope this helps all of you other fitness enthusiasts out there!

 

Complete Japan Gold’s Gym Locations List

GOLD'S GYM NAME PHONE NUMBER NEAREST STATION
Ashikaga ( 24-Hour Gym ) 0284-40-1740 Ashikaga Station (Ryomo Line)
Atsugi ( 24-Hour Gym ) 046-294-3331 Hon Atsugi Station (North Exit)
Bashamichi 045-212-0606 Bashamichi Station (Minatomirai Line) or Kannai Station (JR)
Express Gyotoku 047-390-3436 Gyotoku Station (Tokyo Metro)
Express Machida 042-729-2221 Machida Station (JR, Terminal Exit)
Fuchu ( 24-Hour Gym ) 042-352-2626 Fuchi Station (Keio Line, South Exit)
Ginza 03-3535-7373 Yurakucho Station (JR)
Gotemba Shizuoka 0550-70-0055 Gotemba Station (JR)
Gyotoku 047-390-3434 Gyotoku Station (Tokyo Metro)
Hachioji 042-620-2112 Hachioji Station (JR, North Exit)
Harajuku ( 24-Hour Gym ) 03-5766-3131 Harajuku (JR)
Higashi Nakano 03-5348-6500 Higashi Nakano (JR, East Exit)
Jusou in Plaza Osaka 06-6307-3222 Juso Station (Hankyu Railway)
Koriyama Fukushima 024-942-8881 Koriyama Station (JR)
Kashiwa 04-7141-7733 Kashiwa (TX not JR)
Kita Senju 03-5284-3636 Kita Senju (Tokyo Metro Hibya, Exit 1)
Kobe Motomachi 078-334-3434 Motomachi Station (JR)
Kuritoushiga 077-554-2255 Ritto Station (JR, East Exit)
Kyoto Nijou ( 24-Hour Gym ) 075-803-2626 Nijou Station Kyoto (JR, East Exit)
Makuhari 043-299-2711 Kaihin Makuhari (JR)
Makuhari Annex 043-297-7111 Kaihin Makuhari (JR)
Minami Sunamichi 03-3645-9434 Minami Sunamachi (Tokyo Metro, West Exit)
Nagoya Kanayama ( 24-Hour Gym ) 052-324-5858 Kanayama Station (JR)
Nakano 03-5318-7351 Nakano Station (JR)
Narita 0476-29-6622 Narita Station (JR)
Nihama Ehime 0897-33-5026 Nihama Station (JR)
Oimachi ( 24-Hour Gym ) 03-5460-3535 Ooimachi Station (JR, East Exit)
Omiya ( 24-Hour Gym ) 048-650-1818 Omiya Station (JR, West Exit)
Omori 03-5718-3939 Oomori Station (JR, North Exit)
Omote Sando 03-5786-1818 Omote Sando (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Exit A2)
Osaka Nakanoshima 06-6453-7171 Fukushima Station (JR) Fukushima in Osaka!
Otsuka 03-3917-9434 Ootsuka Station (JR, North Exit)
Saitama Super Arena 048-600-3939 Saitama Shintoshin Station (JR)
Sendai Chuo 022-716-8868 Sendai Station (JR)
Shibuya 03-5464-7373 Shibuya Station (JR)
Shin Kobe 078-272-1212 Shin Kobe Station
Shonan Tsujido 0466-30-5353 Tsujido Station (JR, South Exit)
Takasaki 027-370-3300 Kita Takasaki Station (JR)
Takatsuka Osaka 072-686-3001 Takatsuka Station (JR, South Exit)
Tozuka 045-869-1222 Tozuka Station (JR)
Umeda Osaka 06-6292-0212 Umeda (Hankyu Railway)
Utsunomiya ( 24-Hour Gym ) 028-622-6600 Tobu Utsunomiya Station (Tobu Utsunomiya Line) + bus
Yokosuka 046-828-1818 Yokosuka Chuo Station (Keikyu)
Yoshikawa Saitama 048-984-5930 Yoshikawa Station- Saitama (JR)
Yoyogi Uehara 03-3467-7272 Yoyogi Uehara (Tokyo Metro)



SIGNING UP AT A GOLD’S GYM IN JAPAN

This one’s kind of tricky because I know sign up procedures will vary slightly from gym to gym. I really didn’t have in issues signing up in Bashamichi. There were no strange rules and I got locked in during a special so I think my new member fee was cut in half (or maybe I didn’t have to pay a membership fee?). I’m a full time member at this gym and it costs 12,600 yen (just under $130/month). I don’t know how true this is, but I had a couple of friends mention that at Gold’s in Shibuya they had to sign up for a special Gold’s Gym credit card, because that’s how payments are drafted, but if you’re declined for the card, you can just pay regularly through a bank draft (sounds kind of unnecessary, huh?). No matter where you go, you’ll need the same, standard stuff that you always take when signing up for something in Japan:

1. Alien residence card
2. Bank card
3. Bank book.

Optional
4. You may want to take additional cash , just in case there were any surprise fees (i.e.-membership fees or monthly locker fees; yeah I think it’s kinda dumb, too).
5. I also took my passport but didn’t end up needing it, though.

I know somebody out there doesn’t have the money to join Gold’s (believe me, I’ve been there, too) but you’re still looking for a place to train. Please don’t rule out your city gym (here are some other solutions, too) I haven’t been to a city in Japan yet that doesn’t have either a publicly funded gym or a much cheaper, private, alternative. Train where you can, gang, you don’t have to have the expensive bells and whistles to get your workout on.

Where do you workout in Japan?

Please share in the comments section below!

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  • jordan_wyn

    Thanks for the post! I can say from experience that the Gold’s Gym in Otsuka is sub-par. Kind of old and dirty, weird layout, weird and unhelpful hours (like you detailed in a previous post). There’s a new Jexer gym on top of JR Otsuka Station, but it may be all flash and no substance.

    Personally I swear by my kettle bell, free weights, and outdoor running (yes, even now, when it is cold as heck and the sun isn’t up until 6:30) over a gym. Amazon.jp delivers weights! The takkyubin guy will just give you a weird look as he tries to lug the box inside the genkan, but otherwise very convenient.

    • thejapanguy

      Otsuka’s is subpar? Whew…if I hadn’t relocated to Yokohama, that’s the very one I would’ve been using. Man, Jordan I know what you mean about the “all flash and no substance” gyms. They make your heart sink as soon as you walk in the doors, just not the gym you were looking for at all.

      Training at home is never a bad idea. I have yet to get into kettlebell training, but everybody seems to say good stuff about it.

  • http://grandadmiralgainz.blogspot.com/ Grand Admiral Gainz

    Now this is useful information.

    • thejapanguy

      Really glad to hear it, bro!

      • bingo

        thanks! cannot believe how hard it is to locate reasonable gyms here

  • Anon

    Does anybody know about tattoo policy in the gyms nowadays? I have some, but I am a keen gym-goer and regularly take my children swimming here in the UK. Worried I’m going to be escorted out of the gym!

    • Aramith

      No tattoos allowed unfortunately.

  • sam soda

    thank you good info bro

    • thejapanguy

      My pleasure, Sam!!

  • sam soda

    any tips on good out door pull up bars rings etc names of parks in tokyo etc thank you

    • thejapanguy

      Great question Sam Soda. I know a pretty ripped dude that does outdoor workout sessions with a crew of people. I’ll try to find out where they usually train. It looks like a pretty nice park.

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