Sashimi, ramen, tempura… Osaka is known to be a haven for foodies, on top of all the marvellous tourist attractions it already has to offer. It's no wonder that Osaka is billed as one of the top tourist spots in Japan. While you're busy sampling the top picks of Japanese food, you can rest at ease knowing that Osaka is home to many world-class gyms as well, so you get to put all those calories to good use!
1-1 Nagaikōen, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, 546-0035
Nagai Training Center is spacious and well-equipped, making it one of the most well-loved gyms in Osaka. At just 600 yen for a one-day pass and 6,000 yen for a monthly pass, this gym's admission is definitely a steal. Furthermore, topping up a small fee of 400 yen and 2,500 yen respectively will give you access to the centre's swimming pool as well. Do note: that there will be an introductory session for first-timers, for which an advanced reservation will be required.
3-chōme-1-40 Tanaka, Minato-ku, Osaka, 552-0005
At just 600 yen for a day pass, the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium is also one of the most affordable gyms in Osaka. Its pricing structure, facilities and mandated “introductory session” are similar to that of Nagai Training Center. However, the weight-lifting facilities here might make it stand out more to serious iron athletes.
Japan, 〒 542-0072 Osaka, Chūō-ku, Kōzu, 2-chōme-3, 16 Basement 1 floor Rose Chateau Takatsu
Looking for a cross-fit gym instead of standard gyms? You might want to consider Crossfit Minami. Though day passes are pricier (3,300 yen), many tourists still find this gym worth a visit. With 30% of its community made up by foreigners, you will find the environment here very comfortable, even if you don’t speak the local language.
3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi ZIP code 556-0002
Can’t get enough of onsen in Japan? If so, then perhaps you should give Spa World a shot. Featuring a private onsen, ganban’yoku (hot stone spa), swimming area and fitness centre, Spa World is an excellent choice for those who wish to indulge in a complete wellness experience. Though the entrance fee to Spa World is on the pricier side (2,400 yen for 3 hours), the facilities offered make the trip worth the cost of admission.
2 Chome-7-1 Uchihonmachi, Suita, Osaka 564-0032, Japan
Although Magnum Fitness Centre’s facade might appear slightly old-school, you should not be quick to dismiss it or look down on it. Many visitors recommend Magnum Fitness Centre for its cosy environment and wide range of equipment. At a price of 1,000 yen per day, this gym is definitely worth a visit if you looking for a facility that has that familiar feeling to it.
For the fitness-inclined, there's absolutely no need to worry about lapsing into sedentary behaviour if you're visiting Osaka. Apart from the locations we've featured, there's also the all-famous Anytime Fitness chain of gyms to consider. Get a good pump going, then refuel with top-quality nosh – it's a match made in heaven!