Fukuoka is a gateway city for the southern island; Kyushu. When it comes to the fitness gym, it is concentrated in the central area. There are 7 local gyms which sell a day pass to travelers but only 3 are in convenient locations. 6 hotels have gyms in Fukuoka. Explanation of each icon of color on the map and my recommendations are as follows.
Please note that upmarket hotels (over $300 per night) are excluded in this map as they all have fitness gyms. This blog is for low-mid budget travelers only. Almost all fitness gyms in Japan do not like to see Tattoo. If you have one, please make sure to cover it during your workout.
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If you are staying around the Hakata train station, Ana Crowne Plaza Fukuoka is a good option. The gym is old but relatively spacious as a hotel gym and hotel guests can use it for free. They have 5 running machines, some weight machines and free weights up to 24kg (rate in Japan). I do no know why the rating of this hotel is not high but this is a good solid hotel in my opinion.
Check the review of Ana Crowne Plaza Fukuoka
Recommendation: Solalia Nishitetsu Hotel is located in the Tenjin station building (popular shopping area) and sells a day pass of local gym. It is called Central Sports. First time visit is free of charge and 2nd time onward costs $5 per visit. It is big gym and has good facilities. You need to buy a ticket at the hotel reception.
Check the review of Solalia Nishitetsu Hotel
There are 7 fitness gyms which sell a day pass to travelers in this area. For all gyms, you need to bring your passport for ID check and it costs $15-$30 per visit.
<TIP> Information about opening hours and its fees are in each icon on the map. All fees are calculated with US$1=100yen (e.g.$20 = 2000yen). All Gold’s Gyms accept the credit card but most of local gyms accept only cash in Japanese Yen. In Japan, one day use at gym is called “Visitor”. They do NOT use the term “Day pass” or “Casual”. As most of gym staff do not speak English, the easiest way to explain at the gym is to say “Visitor”.
Purple icon hotels on the map do not have fitness gym but they are within 10 minutes walk from one of the local gyms above. Both Nishitetsu Grand Hotel and Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu are good hotels in convenient locations. Using a map, you can choose a hotel depending on your budget.
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