Tokyo Gaijins Basketball Club

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 1,200 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 18-20 players participate on weekends and 15-18 players on weeknights game including about 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.
  • Read the membership, rules and guidelines carefully.
  • Join the mailing list/s right after confirmation of your membership.
  • 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), it's first-come/first-served! All you need to do is show up, pay the fee to the person in-charge before the game on the court, play and have fun.
  • No need to let us know if you're joining the session. Again, it's first-come/first-served!

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!
  • The maximum no. of players allowed to play on each sessions are strictly implemented.
  • 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 15 players for a 1.5 hour weekend session.
  • Maximum of 20 players for a 2 hour 45 mins weekday session.
  • Maximum of 18 players for a 2 hour weekend session.
  • Average time per game is around 12 to 15 minutes.
  • We play up to 13 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 No. of players Venue
Jul 23 Sun 3pm-5 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jul 28 Fri 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jul 31 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 6 Sun 3pm-5 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 12 Sat 3pm-5 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 16 Wed 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 26 Sat 3pm-5 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Aug 29 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Sep 6 Wed 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Sep 11 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Sep 15 Fri 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Sep 25 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Oct 6 Fri 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Oct 16 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Oct 21 Sat 3pm-5 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Oct 25 Wed 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 4 Sat 5:30pm-9:15 25 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 6 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 13 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 18 Sat 7:30pm-9:30 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 20 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Nov 27 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Dec 1 Fri 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Dec 9 Sat 5:15pm-7:15 18 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Dec 11 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Dec 18 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Dec 21 Thu 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jan 9 Tue 6:30pm-9:15 20 Minato-ku Labor and Welfare Hall
Jan 15 Mon 6:30pm-9:15 20 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.