(Update Summer 2016 – opening full time from Saturday July 16th). Today (2015), our local summer pool opened for the season. Kawagoe Suijo Kouen, or Kawagoe Water or Aquatic Park, is one of the bigger summer pools in Saitama. Like all the other seasonal pools, it only opens for 7 weeks over the summer holidays. Last year we spent most weekends there. It’s a great way to get the kids to go to bed early, have a deep sleep and sleep later than normal in the morning! All that water play really tires them out and they really really love it.
One of the main attractions of Kawagoe’s water park is the pool with waves. It is inclined; the shallow end starts at 0 and the deep end is 1.6 metres. The waves come every 10 minutes.
Another popular feature of the water park is the large ship in the centre of the park. (photo from the official website).
Of course, the various slides are very popular too. (These photos taken from the official website).
For small children there is a pool that is only 30cm and it has 2 small slides. My kids are in this one, somewhere! Nappies/ Diapers are ok in this pool.
Other features include fountains, jets, sprays and a wading river at different points in the park. There is also a simple pool. You can use a small pop up tent in the park, in fact, most Japanese people do. We may have been the only ones without, the first time we went! There is limited shaded areas in the park, so these pop up tents are very practical and for my Irish skin 100% essential!
During the summer there is a special bus that runs to the park from Kawagoe and Honkawagoe stations. There are 2 restaurants, 2 kiosks and a number of vans that sell food and drink. There is also a shop that sells pool goods. There is a shower and locker room and plenty of toilets. There is also tennis, futsal and soccer. There are a number of events held over the summer including snorkelling classes. There is a no tattoo policy (see photo below). You can get a full list, in Japanese, plus more information on the official website: http://www.parks.or.jp/kawagoesuijo/ Update July 2016 – new website: http://www.saitamasuijo.com/
Please check there for up-to-date charges. The prices last year (2014):
Outside the aquatic park there is a free public park with a small playground and a lake with swan boats for hire. On this blog: 紅葉 Autumn leaves at Kawagoe Water Park