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.
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!