Wherever I have lived, the very 1st thing I do, even before I move, is subscribe to the gym, if the classes I usually join are not there, I would reconsider my move, seriously
it creates and maintains a routine, creates life balance in the middle of a stressful phase. Japan is no different and I subscribed to a gym soon as I arrived.
Now, I am one of those Les mills joiners and I can confirm this creates a sense of community, I have made many friends around the world thanks to their classes. Once a year, sometimes twice, they are in town and do a “live” day of classes, very fun for all. this is where you see another side of the Japanese personality, excited, extravert, colorful, fun, friendly and extraordinarly open