Health & Fitness

Hospitals and Clinics

Yamamoto Byouin (山元病院) (map) Dr. Yamamoto is a general practitioner of half-German, half-Japanese descent who speaks English fluently. She is very nice and a good listener. You can walk in anytime during the opening hours of Monday to Friday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Saturday the hours are 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM. It is fine to go there on your own. When a person with limited Japanese arrives, the reception staff with automatically call Dr. Yamamoto. Yamamoto Byouin is walking distance from the Nichinan Station and City Hall. Map:

Eto Clinic (えとうクリニック) (map) Dr. Eto is a friendly English speaking doctor. He specializes in internal medicine. If he can’t help you then he can put you in touch with someone who can. Eto Clinic is open weekdays until 6:00 PM and Saturday mornings until 12:00 PM. Walk-ins are fine, but there is sometimes a wait. Eto Clinic is located between Shimamura and K’s Denki in Nichinan.

Kawano Clinic (河野医院) (map) Dr. Kawano is very personable and speaks decent English. No appointment is necessary and there is rarely a wait on weekdays. Kawano Clinic is open Monday-Saturday from 8:30-5:30 with daily closures from noon to 2:00 PM. It is located close to Aburatsu Station. If you follow the road straight through the first big intersection, you’ll find it on your right. And, if you work out at Excel, you might just run into him there!

Kawagoe Seikei Geka (川越整形外科) (map) handles physiotherapy and injury related ailments. It is located in Nichinan near Mos Burger and Tanaka Kenshindoku. No appointment is necessary.

Era Clinic (江良皮膚泌尿器科医院) (map) is a dermatology clinic located just a few blocks past Kawano Clinic. It is open from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM most days. Saturdays are mornings only, Sundays are closed, and Wednesdays have special hours. Walk-ins only. Always busy.

Sports & Fitness

Excel Fitness Center (map) This gym is run by a husband and wife who are both bodybuilders. It’s a small gym with limited machines but all the free weights you may need. They also have stationary bikes, step masters, and treadmills. Monthly and annual memberships are available. Annual membership is \25,000 and discounted to \15,000 for night-time members (5:00 PM and later) or if you join in a group of five or more. They also offer one time entrance fees, for 500 yen. Open weekdays from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM and weekends from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Closed on Thursdays. Phone: (0987) 22-3003

ZERO-ONE is located across from the Athletic Park. It offers a wide variety of machines, but free weights only go up to 20kg. One day entrance fees are 300 yen. This gym has quite unusual hours, open from 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-21:00 on Monday to Saturday. Phone: (0987) 23-1025 / 090-5937-7854

Lanai Sports Club (map) This is a large fitness center located in Aburatsu, equipped with a gym, indoor pool, dance studio, sauna, etc. The facilities are gauged much more towards families, but anyone is welcome to join. The staff are very friendly, and one of them speaks excellent English. Hours are 10:00 – 21:30 Monday-Saturday. Phone: (0987) 27-3700

Nichinan City General Athletic Park (map) has a track, baseball field, indoor basketball courts, facilities for martial arts, etc.  There is an adult kyudo club that practices Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 19:30-21:00. There is a fee to use many of the facilities. Please call to inquire. Phone: (0987) 22-5050


Kick back and relax at J’s Resort (map) in Kitago or Kanpo no yado (かんぽの宿) (map) in central Nichinan.