1. Hotel East 21 Tokyo
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  2. CanCam Night Pool
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10 best night pool events and parties in Tokyo this summer

Cool down this summer with a dip at one of the city's top pool parties after dark

Youka Nagase
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Youka Nagase
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Summer is here, which means we’re constantly looking for ways to cool down from Tokyo’s hot and humid weather – while still having fun, of course. You could treat yourself to some icy summer desserts, or stock up on cooling products to beat the heat. Or, when night falls, make a splash in a city pool. 

The good news is that in summer, many hotels and attractions in Tokyo open their pools to the public come nighttime, where you can cool down with a cocktail in hand while taking a dip in the water. What’s more, some of these night pools also feature music, DJs, bars and neon lights, turning them into the kind of lively outdoor parties we all love: cool beats, balmy air, and definitely no painful sunburn. Just keep the drinks coming.

Looking for a proper swim and not a party? Here are the city’s best and most affordable public swimming pools.

CanCam Night Pool
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CanCam Night Pool

The retro-themed night pool at Tokyo Prince Hotel has a spectacular view of Tokyo Tower, and it’s all decked out with colourful lights and decorations. The after dark event is produced by local fashion magazine CanCam, so you’ll find plenty of photo spots and a variety of fun floats to help you with your Instagram game.

There are food truck serving pink chicken sandwiches (¥1,000), potato chips (¥500), jewel-like jellies in martini glasses (¥900), and cruffins (a croissant and muffin hybrid; ¥350) that come in melon, strawberry, and lemon flavours.

Entry to the night pool will set you back ¥5,500 per person, but women in groups of three or four will get a discount on weekdays ( ¥14,440 or ¥17,600 respectively). Tickets can be purchased via the Lawson ticketing website.

Mumm Beach Club
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Mumm Beach Club

ANA InterContinental Tokyo hotel has also set up a Mumm champagne garden by the pool. This spacious oasis amid city skyscrapers is open to the hotel guests as well as the public.

Here the champagne and food take priority, with the pool serving as a backdrop for the party atmosphere. There are pairing menus (from ¥2,300) as well as a la carte orders including pasta, salads, sandwiches and wagyu burgers. Better yet, opt for one of the food and drink plans which include free flow champagne and craft beer and you’ll have a fun evening out.

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Night Pool at Hotel East 21
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Night Pool at Hotel East 21

Arguably the prettiest pool on this list, Hotel East 21 Tokyo’s massive 2,000sqm outdoor pool on the 5th floor is open in the evenings until September 24 (closed on Sunday, except August 7 and 14). It’s also one of the largest hotel pools in Tokyo, designed to look like a European aristocratic garden from the 19th century. The poolside is paved with Australian sandstone tiles and surrounded by plenty of greenery that will make you forget you’re still in the concrete jungle.

There’s one large pool, a lap pool, four jacuzzis, plus a café that serves light meals and cocktails. Entry to the night pool costs ¥5,500 per person.

Night Pool at Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
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Night Pool at Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel

Escape to a tropical resort without leaving Tokyo. The outdoor pool at Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel has lush greens, man-made caves and waterfalls that’ll make you forget you’re in the concrete jungle. Plus, as the hotel is hosting a Hawaiian fair, you can expect Hawaiian-themed buffets, cocktails, workshops, live performances and exhibitions until August 31.

The pool is lit up daily until 9pm, with entry priced at ¥4,400 per person (¥3,300 for hotel guests).

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Shell Pool Night Pool
Photo: Hotel New Otani Makuhari

Shell Pool Night Pool

The picturesque pool at Hotel New Otani Makuhari looks like a Hawaiian resort with its private gazebos and palm trees. Until September 19, the pool is open to the public in the evenings and entry costs between ¥4,500 and ¥5,000 depending on the day.

The best time to go is either Thursday or Friday, when the pool is looking particularly pretty with iridescent pink lights and there’s a live DJ set all night long. The pool is closed on Mondays (except August 15 and September 19), and reservations must be made in advance via the website.

Night Pool at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
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Night Pool at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Luxury hotel Grand Nikko Tokyo Odaiba has a relaxing pool on the rooftop with a spectacular view of Tokyo Bay and the city skyline. You can enjoy the pool in the evenings until August 31 for ¥6,000 on weekdays or ¥9,000 on weekends. Nighttime pool hours are from 5pm to 9pm (last entry 8pm) and reservations are required in advance via phone (03 5500 6750).

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Hotel New Otani Garden Pool
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Hotel New Otani Garden Pool

Every summer, Hotel New Otani lights up its outdoor pool in the evening for those who want to take a dip without getting a tan. There will be music playing throughout the night to recreate the atmosphere of a club.

There’s a daily entry cap on the number of people, though. So make sure to make a reservation in advance. It’s ¥5,000 for guests spending the night at the hotel; otherwise it’s an eye-popping ¥12,000 to just use the pool. 

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