Exerscapes

Places to go to escape the daily grind and reap the rewards of working out in Japan.

Tattoo you and Japan\’s gyms

Tattoo you and Japan’s gyms

Whether training hard or hardly training, more people in Japan are finessing their physiques with tattoos - and learning they can be scarlet letters marking them as unfit for fitness clubs. Modern gyms abound, but so do old-world ideas about who can join.  Read Article

Tennis Anyone?

Tennis Anyone?

There's enough racket volleyed across life's net to make you want to take folks to court. Why not take them to a tennis court instead? Tokyo serves a wealth of private and public facilities you're sure to love.  Read Article

Gateway International Center

Gateway International Center

Imagine a center that summons up tantalizing visions of adventure, and of human possibilities yet to be realized. There is wonder in the Garden itself, offering streams to be explored, flowers to be enjoyed, and meditative views of Shonan and the Pacific  Read Article

Tone River: the roller coaster of whitewater rafting

Tone River: the roller coaster of whitewater rafting

If you’re looking for an adventurous way to cool down, there’s nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting. And there’s no better place than Tone River in the early season to get that roller-coaster ride on the rapids  Read Article

The \'Disneyland\' of public sports parks

The 'Disneyland' of public sports parks

There's more to Urayasu City than Disneyland. One of its best-kept secrets is a palatial indoor sports-park and swimming facility that would've impressed old Walt himself. This monument to fitness offers health-club amenities at rec-center cost.  Read Article

Tanzawa Bokka Ekiden: a challenge like no other

Tanzawa Bokka Ekiden: a challenge like no other

There is an annual relay race like no other ekiden at Tanzawa Mountain that will challenge your strength, stamina and entire body. Do you have what it takes to participate?  Read Article

Budo University offers rare athletic training

Budo University offers rare athletic training

If the mysteries of martial arts or a career in sports or fitness training are your idea of getting into shape, International Budo University offers the best of what Japan’s old and new worlds have to offer.  Read Article

Aikido World Headquarters offers rare budo fitness

Aikido World Headquarters offers rare budo fitness

A martial art can be a path to fitness and traditional Japanese culture as well as self-defense. Aikikai Hombu Dojo provides the best of both worlds: training straight from the source and an international milieu that rivals Narita Airport.  Read Article

Hiking Mt. Takao

Hiking Mt. Takao

Looking to escape the stress of this concrete jungle called Tokyo? You don't have to spend a fortune or travel far to experience the tranquility of a winding forest path, feel the breath of the wind and enjoy the scents of nature.  Read Article

Where to go for the snow

Where to go for the snow

With so many places in Japan to ski, snowboard and enjoy other winter activities, it can be hard to decide where to go. Fitness Japan asks the experts about their favorite spots.  Read Article