Tokyo has a lot of excellent public pools, and I plan to review a variety of them on this blog. If you’d like to swim in this city, here are three things you should assume:
1. When entering a Japanese locker room, as when entering a Japanese house, you are expected to take off your shoes.
2. When swimming in a public pool, you will almost certainly be required to wear a swim cap – even if you are bald.
3. Most pools exclude people who have visible tattoos. If this means you, then plan to wear your least revealing swimsuit, and cover up further with a T-shirt or even bandages if necessary.