There are two main 50m indoor pools in Tokyo:
The Tokyo Metropolitan Gym and
Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Pool.
There's also a 50m outdoor pool at
during the Summer). There is a 50m sub-pool at the Tokyo Olympic Pool
opposite Yoyogi park but the lanes are only open to teams and
not individuals. For coached swim sessions contact Steve Siegel at swimfriends.
Also check out the Tokyo Swimming Centre - very good level of coaching I believe, near to Sugamo/Komagome on the Yamanote line.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Gym is located in Sendagaya (sobu sen and oedo sen). There is a main 50m deep pool and a 25m shallow sub pool.
The Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Pool is located at Tatsumi (Yurakuchou sen). It's a bit out of the way but has a 50m deep pool, a diving pool and even the shallow sub pool is 50m long.
The rules at the pool at Shiba park (mita sen) are fairly relaxed - no need for a swim cap and you can even wear a wetsuit and they don't mind.
There are several places in Tokyo for cycle training: Oifuto, the Tamagawa river, the Arakawa river and the Imperial Palace.
Oifuto is a cargo loading area for container ships near to Haneda airport. On a weekday the roads there are busy with large trucks but on any Sunday or national holiday it's a mecca for cyclists. You'll find numerous cycling and triathlon teams cycling in pelatons around a 9.5km loop. It's flat except for one bridge.
The Tamagawa river has a cycling path but it's pretty narrow and sometimes you're better cycling on the road beside the path.
The Arakawa river has a much better cycle path, but you still have barriers to get through at several places. How to get there: Head North along Meiji Doori (the road that goes all the way from Shibuya to Harajuku, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. About 3km past Ikebukuro station you reach O-ji station. Go under the tracks and immediately there's an intersection. Go straight and eventually the major road will become a minor road. Eventually you reach a T-Junction. Turn right there and you very soon reach the river.
On a Sunday or national holiday you can cycle around the Imperial Palace but the earlier the better since you're sharing the road with car traffic. It's a 5km loop and definitely not flat.
For serious hills, stick your bike in a bike-bag and head out West by train (Chuo-sen) to the mountains. If you go to the mountains with your friends, 1. Take a route map 2. Make sure your mobile phone is charged and 3. Make sure everyone waits at junctions!
There are numerous places to run in Tokyo. Some of the better known locations are Yoyogi park, the Tamagawa river, the Arakawa river and the Imperial Palace. For interval training there's a track near to Yoyogi park that's open to the public each Wednesday. See the link to Namban Rengo running club for more information. In addition to runners there are a number of triathletes within Namban Rengo...
There are numerous races around Japan from April through to October. You can find events at the following sites: JTU Web Magazine , runnet and tri-x (please let me know of any other good sites!)
|Ishigakijima, Okinawa||April||Olympic S1.5 B40 R10||Good for a first triathlon. Clear blue water, nice scenery on the bike and the locals turn out to cheer everyone on in the run. Can be hot though!|
|Miyakojima, Okinawa||April||S3 B155 R42.195||Almost a full ironman distance. The favourite race amongst Japanese triathletes. Note: not to be confused with 'Miyakejima' (see below).|
|Niijima, Tokyo||May||Olympic S1.5 B40 R10||Niijima island is near Tokyo. Hilly bike and run.|
|Ironman Japan||June||Full Ironman||On Goto island near Nagasaki. Swim isn't too bad, bike course has a few hill climbs and the run course is fairly flat.|
|O-Shima, Tokyo||June||Olympic S1.5 B40 R10||Another island near Tokyo. Fast bike course.|
|Kisakata,||July||Olympic S1.5 B40 R10||mini run between swim and bike. Bike course is hilly and includes a long climb.|
|Shichigahama||July||Olympic S1.5 B40 R10||
In Sendai. Swim: mostly sheltered swim behind wave breakers (2 loops with short beach run), but has 2* 200M stretch in open ocean
Bike: challenging: several short climbs, lots of cornering, good scenery. 4 loops
Run: flat, some shade, lots of aid stations.
It is a relatively small local race with lots of enthousiastic supporters
A type: S2.5 B100.2 R23.3 and B type:S1.5 B50.1 R10
|A challenging, hilly bike course. Can be hot (30 deg C +). Flight from Tokyo, then bus.|
|Kamishi||September||Olympic S1.5 B40 R10||Another fast bike course|
|Murakami||September||Olympic S1.5 B40 R10||Yet another fast bike course. Not so hard to get to from Tokyo.|
|Miyakejima||September||Olympic S1.5 B40 R10||A new triathlon as of 2008. This island is near Tokyo and reached by overnight boat. Entries were full before closing date.|
|Sado Island, Niigata||September||Half and Full Ironman||One of the larger events in Japan - over 500 participants in each race, but very well organized. Bike course has some hilly parts. Full Ironman bike course goes completely around the island.|
Best prices online outside Japan:
Trisports and all3sports.
Best prices online in Japan (Orca and 2xU):
Shops in Japan who make suits:
Shops that rent you a suit in Japan:
Namban Rengo Running Club: http://www.namban.org/
Westy Cycle Products (Triathlon shop/ Triathlon group)
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