Swimming and sunbathing in Tokyo’s concrete jungle


Now that the rainy season has come to an end, the hot and muggy summer is here to stay for the next few months. Escaping the heat by leaving Tokyo for cool summer retreats is one option, but if you will be too busy sight-seeing (or working if you are a permanent resident), we recommend you at least find some time to cool down in one of these Tokyo hotel pools that are open to the public. Keep on making those crawl strokes to burn the calories you gained savoring local cuisine, have a relaxing sunbathing session with a cocktail while gazing at the overwhelming urban landscapes, or have a romantic night swim with magnificent light-ups. It’s up to you.

1. Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Sky pool

Located in the middle of Shinjuku’s skyscraper district, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo’s Sky Pool is about as urban as pools get. How about a romantic evening swim with city lights everywhere around you?

Address: Nishi-Shinjuku 2-2-1, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Access: A 1-min walk from Tochomae Station Exit B1 (Toei Oedo Line)
Hours: 9 am – 8 pm
Price Range: 1,200 – 6,000 (See URL for detailed prices)
URL:  http://www.keioplaza.com/facilities/rate_2015.pdf 

2. Tokyo Prince Hotel Garden Pool

If sunbathing with Tokyo Tower next to you has always been your dream, Tokyo Prince Hotel’s Garden Pool is all you could wish for.

Address: Shiba-koen 3-3-1, Minato, Tokyo
Access: A 1-min walk from Onarimon Station Exit A1 (Toei Mita Line)
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm
Price Range: 6,000 – 10,000
URL:  http://www.princehotels.com/en/tokyo/swimming-pool

3. Hotel East 21 Tokyo Garden Pool

Swim like a princess (or prince) in Hotel East 21 Tokyo’s gorgeous Garden Pool that is surrounded by a 19th-century European style garden.

Address: Toyo 6-3-3, Koto, Tokyo
Access: A 7-min walk from Toyocho Station Exit 1 (Tozai Line)
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Price Range: 6,000 – 13,000
URL:  http://www.hotel-east21.co.jp/en/

4. ANA InterContinental Garden Pool

Not satisfied with your hotel bathtub? How about a swim through ANA InterContinental’s spacious Garden Pool in the midst of Roppongi’s overwhelming skyscrapers and modern architecture?

Address: Akasaka 1-12-33, Minato, Tokyo
Access: A 5-min walk from Roppongi-itchome Station Exit 3 (Namboku Line)
Hours: From June 27 to July 24 and from September 1 to September 30, 8 am – 7 pm. From July 25 to August 31, 8 am – 9 pm
Price Range: 7,000 – 13,000 (See URL for detailed prices)
URL:  http://www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/e/facilities/pool.html

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