Hello there! Recently, I encountered with many situations where non-Japanese members were having trouble with gym membership contract.
In Japan, you need to pay for gym membership fee even if you don’t go to the gym. If you want to take a off from the gym, you NEED to tell your gym and pay for “taking a break” fee. Usually, it’s like ¥2,000-3,000 each month. If you don’t pay for gyms (usually for two months), your membership will expire and next time you join, you will need to pay for the fee you didn’t pay. So, I recommend you to pay “take a break from gym” fee.