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At the Jexer Fitness and Spa Club, which ‘fl oats’ between levels at the
Ueno railway station, you can swim as you watch the trains go by
To say the club is a feat of Japanese
engineering is a bit of an under-
statement: after all, how many clubs do
you know where you can swim and sit in
the hot, soda and cool spa pools while
watching the trains go by? The Jexer
brand is number 14 in the top
20 private brands in order of
value and is owned by Japanese
Railway. It has 11 clubs open
and two more being
built, and each one
is different. Some
are actually built
on land, like former
railway sidings, while
one ‘hangs’ underneath
railways lines, like Jexer
Akabane. But my favourite
is Jexer Ueno, which just ‘fl oats’
between the eight levels in the
station. For this experience, members
pay £75 a month.
To go from Ueno in north-east Tokyo
to Ebisu in the south-west, I need to
take the Hibiya Line. Right outside the
Ebisu station is the Oasis Rafeel. This
is a new concept club geared towards
professional females who make up 70
per cent of the membership, paying
£115 a month. The quality is more akin
to Relais & Chateaux and features a
large women’s day spa – which I wasn’t
allow to see but I’m told is really
cool – a Daradara relaxation area and
a hot yoga studio. The gym is on level
three, with good views across the city.
Although half the space is given over
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to women, men can use the rest of the
OCKPHO
facilities. The Oasis Rafeel is owned by
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.COM/AREKMALANG
“Cleaning is ongoing throughout opening
hours, but most clubs also close for one day
a week for deep cleaning and maintenance”
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