Tokyo Gaijins Basketball

Tokyo Gaijins organizes pick-up basketball sessions regularly on weekends and weeknights. We play five-on-five indoor pickup basketball games at Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall, Minato-ku Sports Center and or Togoshi Gymnasium, conveniently located in central Tokyo. We have a total of around 980 members/subscribers on our mailing list. 80% of the members are foreigners from all over the globe and about 20% are Japanese. An average of around 20-25 players participate on weekends and 15-20 players on weeknights game including around 1-2 female players. We only organize upper-intermediate and competitive level pickup games. However, beginners and lower intermediate level players are welcome to join every session FREE OF CHARGE. You can shoot/run around on breaks but we will not let you join the pick-up games.

Come play hoops with us!

How to join

  • Fill-out the membership form.
  • Join the mailing list/s right after confirmation of your membership.
  • Read the membership, rules and guidelines carefully.
  • Check upcoming games.
  • The basketball schedules are fixed. However, there's a small possibility that we may cancel, postpone or adjust the time due to unavoidable circumstances (e.g. natural calamity, availability of the person in-charge, etc.). Please make sure that you are subscribed to the basketball mailing list so we can send you a notice in case we cancel or adjust the time of the session. You can also check the website for updates before coming.
  • No need to sign up (unless requested), just show up, pay the fee to the person in-charge before the game, play and have fun.

Rules and guidelines

  • We reserve the rights to decline you from joining the pick-up games if your basketball skill is below average level so not to affect everyone and the dynamics of the game. Please make sure you understand this very important rule before coming!
  • Kids are strictly prohibited.
  • Shoes that you use to walk outside are not allowed. Indoor sneakers only.
  • Smoking, eating and drinking alcoholic beverage are prohibited.
  • No fighting or use of abusive words towards other players, and unnacceptable behaviours.
  • The organizer and the person in-charge of the game reserves the right to cancel or reject your membership at anytime if you violate these guidelines.

Fee

  • The fee is 1,500yen/session/player and it is collected on the court by the person in-charge before the start of the session.
  • We don't charge any membership or cancellation fee but there's a very often case that the session will be overcrowded of players, resulting to limited amount of playing time, and we still charge you the same amount.
  • The amount collected goes to pay for the court rent, team registration, non-refundable venue bond of 450,000yen (club money), transportation allowance, services rendered by the organizer, the person in-charge of the game, the person that books the court online for 5 days, and other miscellaneous expenses.
  • Please be aware that we are PROVIDING SERVICE not doing business.
  • We know that paying 1,500yen/session is a bit expensive just to play basketball, but this is the only way we can keep the club running.
  • We discourage you from playing with us if you have an issue paying the 1,500yen fee.

Playing time guidelines

  • Maximum of 20 players for a 2.5-3hours session and 25 players for a 3.5-4hours session.
  • Average time per game is around 12 to 15 minutes.
  • We play up to 15 points. 2 points for regular basket and 3 points for basket made behind the 3 point line.
  • Everyone play the same amount of time (in theory).
  • The person in-charge of the session is totally in control of the substitution of players.
  • "King of the court" rule doesn't apply. However, winning team can be prioritized on every substitution.

Upcoming games

Date Day Time Reservation Venue
Feb 27 Mon 8pm-10 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Sports Center [Sub-arena]
Mar 2 Thu 6pm-8 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Sports Center
Mar 16 Thu 6pm-8 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Sports Center
Mar 27 Mon 6pm-8 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Sports Center [Sub-arena]
Apr 1 Sat 7:30pm-9:30 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Apr 6 Thu 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Apr 10 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Apr 15 Sat 8pm-10 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Sports Center
Apr 19 Wed 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Apr 23 Sun 3pm-5 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
May 1 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Togoshi Gym
May 6 Sat 7:30pm-9:30 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
May 9 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
May 13 Sat 7:30pm-9:30 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
May 18 Thu 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
May 22 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
May 27 Sat 3pm-5 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jun 1 Thu 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jun 10 Sat 7:30pm-9:30 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jun 15 Thu 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jun 20 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jun 24 Sat 3pm-5 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jul 1 Sat 7:30pm-9:30 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jul 7 Fri 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jul 14 Fri 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jul 23 Sun 3pm-5 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jul 28 Fri 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jul 31 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 6 Sun 3pm-5 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 12 Sat 3pm-5 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 16 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 26 Sat 3pm-5 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 29 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 Email basketball@tokyogaijins.com to RSVP Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
  • Take note that these schedules may change so please subscribe to the basketball mailing list to get the official schedule by email, to be sent by the organizer.