I find the most difficult month of the year to live in Tokyo August, but visiting one of the many Tokyo pools can offer a respite to the heat and humidity even if just for a few hours. Tokyo has many great local pools that are family-friendly and most are quite reasonable. Some do not allow children under three, so check details below. We’ll add more pools to the list as they become available.
* In order to prevent new coronavirus infections, pools will limit admission.
** Some pools may only be available to those who live, work, or study in the area. Please take ID.
*** Pools can be closed in poor weather, please call to check openings.
Tokyo Pool Tips
- Now most pools require little ones to toilet trained before entering. Most do not allow swim diapers.
- Many pools require swim caps so order some simple ones to take with you to be safe.
- Many pools do not have lockers so don’t carry more than you need.
- Most pools now allow rash guards in the pool, but if asked to remove you must.
- Remember your sun protection and towels.
- Some pools still do not allow people with tattoos – wear a rash guard to cover or band-aid/tape over.
- Most pools do not allow mobile phones for privacy reasons.
- Most pools do not allow tattoos. Please cover with bandage tape or wear a rash guard.
Tokyo Pools – Where To Swim Outside This Summer
1. Aqua Field Pool アクアフィールド芝公園 (Minato-Ku, Tokyo) – Open July 1 – September 15, 2020 – Swim while viewing Tokyo Tower. This pool is located across the street from Shiba Park, Zojoji Temple and Shiba Park Playground. Children over the age of three allowed in pool, but they must be toilet trained. Outdoor 50 M pool that has some lanes closed for swimmers doing laps and part roped for water play area. You can also grab and early breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien which is right up the street.
Address: Shiba-Koen 2-7-2, Minato-Ku (港区芝公園2丁目7番2号) (google map)
Cost: Up to two hours: Adults 500 JPY, Junior High and below 200 JPY
Hours: 09:00 – 20:00 (September closes at 17:00) * Closed on August 3rd for cleaning.
Access: 1 min walk from Shiba Koen Station on the Mita line, 5 min walk from Daimon Station on the Oedo and Asakusa Stations.
Website: http://www.city.minato.tokyo.jp/sports/kodomo/sports/sports/akua.html (in Japanese)
2. Etchujima Pool 越中島プール (Koto-ku, Tokyo) – Open July 4 – September 6, 2020 – Babies must be out of diapers to enter pool. Two outdoor pools 50M (1.3-1.5M deep) and same pool 17 X 17M (0.5- 1.0 deep). Great for families during the week, gets super crowded on the weekends in late July and August.
Address: 1-3-23 Etchujima, Koto, Tokyo 135-0044 (江東区越中島1-3-23) (google map)
Cost: Two hours Adults 400 JPY, Junior High and below 150JPY, additional hours can be added; Adult 200 JPY per hour, Junior High and below 75 JPY per hour
Hours: July 4 – 20 and September 1 – 6 (10:00 – 18:00); July 21 – August 31 9:00 – 21:00
Access: 5 min walk from Etschujima station on the Keiyo Line
Website: http://di-ksp.jp/echujima.html(in Japanese)
3. Meguro Citizens Center Gymnasium Pool 目黒区民センター屋外プール(Meguro-Ku, Tokyo) – Open July 1 – September 10, 2020 – Babies must be out of diapers to enter pool. Outdoor pool 50 x 25 m and and toddler pool (#2 on our wading pools and splash ponds list). Great for families during the week, gets super crowded on the weekends in late July and August. *Note a ticket reservation system is in place for admission to prevent over crowding.
Address: 2-4-36 Meguro, Meguro-ku (〒153-0063 目黒区目黒二丁目4番36号) (google map)
Cost: Two hours Adults 200 JPY, Junior High and below 100 JPY; additional hour Adults 100 JPY and JH and below 50 JPY
Hours: 10:00 – 21:00. *Closed July 9 – 13 for facility inspection.
Access: 14 min walk from Meguro station on the JR Yamanote Line, or the Namboku Subway
Website: http://www.city.meguro.tokyo.jp/kurashi/sports_koen_yoka/sports/sports_shisetsuriyou/shisetsubetu/pool_/indoorpool_nittei.html (Japanese)
4. Setagaya Public Pool 世田谷区公園屋外プール (Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo) – July 13 – September 10, 2020. Closed Thursday, July 30th for cleaning. Great public pool in the middle of Setagaya Park which kids love – mini steam engine rides, pedal go karts and shanty town. Kids must be toilet trained to enter the pool, no swim diapers allowed. Two swimming areas: 25M pool (0.8 – 1.3M deep) and toddler pool. Enjoy the park and two great places to grab food nearby: Fungo Sandwich Shop and Granny Smith’s.
2 hour swim sessions
1. 9:30am – 11:30am
2. 12:30pm – 2:30pm
3. 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Address: 1-5-27 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (〒154-0001 東京都世田谷区池尻１丁目５－２７) (google map)
Cost: Two hour limit: Adults 360 JPY, Elementary – Junior High 100 JPY. If adult accompanying child and not swimming 50 JPY.
Access: 5 min walk from Ikejiri-Ohashi or Yutenji Stations
5. Shinagawa Community Pool しながわ区民公園屋外プール (Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo) – This pool was renewed 2 years ago and is a mini play park for little ones. Open July 10 – September 13, 2020- Kids must be toilet trained to enter the pool, no swim diapers allowed. Three swimming areas: 25M pool, Shape pool 0.75-0.8M deep, and Water play pool 0.25-0.30M deep with small slides and water bucket. The pool is in the same park as one of our favorite Tokyo Adventure Parks.
Address: Katsushima 3-2-2, Shinagawa, Tokyo (品川区、勝島 3-2-2) (google map)
Cost: Adults 400 JPY, Junior High 200 JPY, Elementary 100 JPY, 5 and under free
Hours: 9:30-12:15; 1:15-4:15 (closed August 3rd); Evening swim from 5pm-8pm on Wed, Sat & Sun till August 31
Access: Paid car parking next door in Shinagawa Kumin Park. 10 min walk from Tachiaigawa Station (立会川駅) on the Keikyu Train line from Shinagawa station
6. Tamagawa Noge-cho Park & Outdoor pool 玉川野毛町公園屋外プール (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo) – Open July 1 – September 10, 2020 – Kids must be toilet trained to enter the pool, no swim diapers allowed. Three swimming areas: 25M pool, Shape pool 0.75-0.8M deep, and Water play pool 0.25-0.30M deep with small slides and water bucket.
Address: 1-25-1 Noge, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (〒158-0092 東京都世田谷区野毛１丁目25-1) (google map)
Cost: Two hour limit: Adults 360 JPY, Elementary – Junior High 100 JPY
Hours: 2 hours from entry
Access: 10 min walk from Todoroki Station on the Oimachi Line
7. Wadabori Outdoor Pool 和田堀公園プール(Suginami-Ku, Tokyo)– Open July 1 – September 10, 2020- Kids of all ages welcome. Three pools outside; 50 meter (1.2-1.5M deep), 25 meter (0.8 – 1.0 M deep) and 15 meter (0.3 – 0.4M deep. Address: 2-2-10 Omiya, Suginami-Ku (〒168-0061 杉並区大宮2丁目2番10号) (google map)
Cost: Two hour periods – Adults 400 JPY, ages 4 – Junior High 200 JPY, 3 and under free
Hours: 09:00 – 18:00. Closed on September 1 & 2 for a convention.
Access: 8 min walk from Eifukucho Station and Nishieifuku station on the Keio Inokashira Line
Website: www.city.suginami.tokyo.jp/shisetsu/sports/pool/1007049.html (in Japanese)
If you have a little one and are looking for a Tokyo wading or splash pool, check out our list here.