Summer Outdoor Seasonal Pool at Sakado City Sports ParkOur choice of pool today was the old, but well maintained, outdoor pools in the Sakado City Sports Park. It is so local that until today it didn’t feature on Google Maps! However, it is well used by the locals and while I wouldn’t say it was crowded, it was certainly busy. https://plus.google.com/+LyndaHoganJapan/posts/SshzMJ6j2rs
Pools & Facilities
- There is a small 30 centimeter pool for toddlers and children with water fountains and slides into the water.
- A wave pool that circles around two other pools.
- Children’s pool for older children located within the wave pool; you use a bridge to access it.
- Slider pool with five slides that is also located within the ring of the wave pool. You can access by a bridge or through the wave pool.
- 50 meter pool that gradiates from 1.2 meters to 1.5 meters depth. This is where the over water athletic is too, details below.
- Facilities include showers, coin lockers, drinking fountains and vending machines.
- They are big on safety: periodically they get everyone out of the pools to get some shade and drink water and in the meantime they check the pools.
- Plenty of shade around the perimeters of the pools.
- Tattoos are allowed, but they request you cover them up with a cover or if you have a lot of dark tattoos to wear a rash guard. In Saitama Prefectural Water Park in Ageo, among others, you are not allowed in, even if you cover your tattoos up.
- Tents are not allowed so it is easier to supervise children from the shaded areas at the pool side as you have a clear view. It is also easier to get around. In Kawagoe Water Park you have to navigate the sea of tents and they block the view of the pools too.
- They don’t over sell the food and drink and the sales areas are in covert positions.
- Only one pool is deep.
- The slides aren’t too big and so suited for kids of all ages.
- Parking is free, plentiful and not miles away from the water park unlike in Kazo Hanasaki Water Park.
- They have a water athletic play area;
Water Athletic Play Area at Sakado Summer PoolsThe water athletic started out as an event a couple of summers ago and proved so popular they added it as a permanent attraction. However, you have to pay to use it and it is a little pricey at 700 yen for adults and 300 yen for children for 20 minutes. It wouldn’t cost so much if children could use on their own, but adults must accompany children under grade 4 of primary school. However, one adult can accompany up to three children.
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