Jun 27, 2016

Tokyo’s Best Outdoor Hotel Pools for Summer 2016

Presenting the best outdoor pools in Tokyo at some of the city's finest hotels for summer 2106.  Non guests welcome.


It’s hard to describe the climate during Tokyo’s summer; sweatier than a carpenter’s sock? Hotter than vindaloo curry? Humidity as dense as a well made chocolate brownie? Whatever, it’s hot, sweaty and makes diving into a cool outdoor swimming pool feel like the best thing you’ve ever done with your life. Of course, there are plenty of pools in the Tokyo area, but we like to think of ourselves as cut from a finer cloth over here at City-Cost. No verruca socks or rouge plasters for us, please. Peeing in the pool? Diving bombing?  Nah!  We’re above that.

So it is we bring you a list of the classier pools in Tokyo. So classy in fact, they could only belong in the grounds and on the roofs of the finer hotels in town. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be forking out for a night’s stay just to use these Tokyo hotel pools. Non guests are welcome here, too. Let’s be clear, we’re looking at outdoor pools only.  

We list them by the most expensive (and therefore by the best?) according to the price per adult on a weekday.  



1) HOTEL NEW OTANI GARDEN RESORT SUMMER 2016




(http://www.newotani.co.jp/Portals/0/resources/tokyo/event/2016/summer_info/title_kv02.jpg)


Probably the most famous of Tokyo’s outdoor hotel pools. The default setting for a luxury summer swim. With access to a gorgeous Japanese garden, one of Tokyo’s finest hotels, and a wealth of restaurants, this places is surely one of the best splurges in town. For an extra boost of the high life, how about renting a poolside private cabana for two. A snip at 100,000 yen!


OpenHoursFee (weekdays)Fee (Sat, Sun, Aug 8-12)
July 16-21 and Sundays: 9am - 7pm
Mon-Sat during July 22-Sept 10: 9am-10pm
See left

Adults: 15,000 yen
Children: 8,000 yen
Adults: 20,000 yen
Children: 16,000 yen


Address: 4-1, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8578

Tel: 03 3265 1111

Web: http://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/summer_news/index.html



2) HOTEL EAST 21 GARDEN POOL




(http://www.hotel-east21.co.jp/shared/images/pool/img_main_top.jpg)


A luxury pool option in Tokyo that often comes as a surprise to many. To put it simply, they don’t know it’s here. That’s a good thing for those in the know though, as this is one spectacular pool.  Surrounded by stepping, gardens, stone walls, and beyond that, Tokyo's impressive skyline.  Surrounded by stepping, gardens, stone walls, and beyond that, Tokyo's impressive skyline.   At 11 m by 30 m it's also a sizeable one, too.


OpenHoursFee (weekdays)Fee (Sat, Sun, hols & Aug 8-15)
July 8 - Sept 49:00 - 18:00

Adults: 7,560 yen

Children: 3,780 yen

After 14:00 ...

Adults: 4,320 yen

Children: 2,160 yen

Adults: 12,960 yen

Children: 6,480 yen

Address: 6-3-3, Toyo, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0016

Tel: 03 5683 5683

Web: http://www.hotel-east21.co.jp/gardenpool_2016/  (Japanese)



3) ANA INTERCONTINENTAL TOKYO GARDEN POOL




(http://www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/facilities/image/pool/pool.jpg)


A mainstay on the Tokyo luxury outdoor pool scene. Located on the 4th floor, and surrounded by looming skyscrapers, this pool has a sophisticated urban feel about it. There are sun loungers, and a poolside snack back for your nibbles and cocktail needs.


OpenHoursFee (weekdays)Fee (Sat, Sun, hols, 9 - 10 Aug, 12 Aug, 15 - 16 Aug)

June 1 - 24

June 25 - July 22

Sept 1 - 30

July 23 - Aug 31

10:00 - 17:00

8:00 - 19:00

8:00 - 19:00

8:00 - 21:00

7,000 yen per person

5,000 yen after 18:00

13,000 yen per person


Address: 1-12-33 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052

Tel: 03 3505 1111

Web: http://www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/e/facilities/pool.html



4) HILTON TOKYO BAY GARDEN POOL




(http://www3.hilton.com/resources/media/hi/TYOTBTW/en_US/img/shared/basic_content_list/HL_gardenpool04_343x214_FitToBoxSmallDimension_Center.jpg)


OK, so not strictly in Tokyo (although that never seems to bother Disneyland) but as near as possible.  Hilton Tokyo Bay’s Garden Pool is another outdoor option to be taken seriously. With its resort feel and the good vibes emanating from nearby Disneyland, it’s a place to feel like you’re on vacation, if only for a day.  


OpenHoursFee (weekday)Fee (Sat, Sun, hols)

July 16 - Sept 4


9:00 - 17:00

Sat, Sun, hols & Aug 13-15: 8:00 - 17:00

Adults: 6,500 yen

Children: 3,500 yen

Adults: 7,500 yen

Children: 4,000 yen


Address: Urayasu-shi, 1-8 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, 279-0031

Tel: 047 355 5000 

Web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/japan/hilton-tokyo-bay-TYOTBTW/index.html



5) TOKYO PRINCE HOTEL GARDEN POOL



(http://www.princehotels.com/content/en/tokyo/header_1538_1.jpg)


Existing in the presence of bright-red Tokyo Tower, the pool at Tokyo Prince Hotel clearly offers some great summer in Tokyo photo ops. With its garden setting and the aforementioned tower to boot, this is a serious summer lounging-by-the-pool option. At 25m long, and a non-nonsense rectangular form, it could also be a place to actually do some swimming. 

Although the information below is taken from the hotel's page dated from today, the pool information is actually for last year.  Double check over the phone for summer 2016.


OpenHoursFee (weekday)Fee (Sat, Sun, hols)
July 1 - Sept 610:00 - 18:00

Adults: 6,000 yen

Children: 3,000 yen

Adults: 10,000 yen

Children: 5,000 yen


Address: 3-3-1 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-8560

Tel: 03 3432 1111

Web: http://www.princehotels.com/en/tokyo/swimming-pool



6) GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA GRAND BLUE




(http://www.grandpacific.jp/img/facilities/main_pool04.jpg)


A popular Tokyo swimming pool option, and rightly so. The Odaiba location affords ocean and urban views (Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo skyline). With access to Odaiba’s entertainment and shopping to boot, a dip in Grand Blue could form part of a fantastic summer splurge in the city.  

*Note - we couldn’t find any ‘official’ prices for the 2016 season. Those listed below (and the hours) are for last year, where they changed significantly depending on day/date.


OpenHoursFee (weekdays)Fee (Sat, Sun, hols)
July 16 - Aug 2810:00 - 18:00

Adults: 3,300 yen - 5,200 yen

Children: 1,650 yen - 2,600 yen

Adults: up to 10,800 yen

Children: up to 5,400 yen


Address: 2-6-1, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 135-8701

Tel: 03 5500 6711

Web: http://www.grandpacific.jp/eng/facilities/



7) KEIO PLAZA HOTEL SKY POOL




(http://www.keioplaza.com/facilities/images/index_ph02.jpg)


For non guests, the Keio Plaza in Shinjuku is probably most famous for its reasonably priced luxury buffets. There’s a pool to be enjoyed, too. Located on a 7th floor terrace, this is another Tokyo hotel pool with cool urban views (this time the towers of Shinjuku).  


OpenHoursFee (weekday)Fee (Sat, Sun, hols)
June 26 - Sept 119:00 - 20:00

Adults: 5,000 yen

Children: 2,500 yen

After 15:00 ...

Adults: 3,000 yen

Children: 1,500 yen

Adults: 7,000 yen

Children: 3,500 yen

After 15:00 ...

Adults: 4,000 yen

Children: 2,000 yen


Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 160-8330 

Tel: 03 3344 0111

Web: http://www.keioplaza.com/facilities/index.html



8) TOKYO DOME HOTEL GARDEN POOL



(http://www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp/e/common/img/facilities/bnr_bottom_inside.jpg)


Proudly stationed at the more affordable end of the Tokyo top-end hotel scene, Tokyo Dome Hotel also has a reasonably-priced outdoor pool. With the hotel’s location next to a theme park, and a the famous baseball stadium, this is another good hotel pool as part of an entertaining day out. And a much cheaper one at that.


OpenHoursFee (weekdays)Fee (Sat, Sun, hols)
July 2 - Sept 4Generally 10:00 - 19:00

3,240 yen per person

After 14:00 ...

2,160 yen


3,780 yen per person

After 14:00 ...

2,700 yen

After 17:00 (Aug) ...

1,350 yen


Address: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8562 

Tel: 03 5805 2111

Web: http://www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp/e/facilities/inside.html


Do you have any experiences with Tokyo's outdoor hotel pools in summer?  Let us know about your recommendations in the comments below.  Or even better, put them in a blog post and get yourself some points.


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