Hard to believe it is already that time of year, but the wading / splash pool in Saitama Children’s Zoo will open for the 2017 season during Golden Week. From April 29th you can enjoy the splash pool, weather permitting until the end of September.
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Below is a list of the some of the larger, more famous or well attended festivals that are scheduled for this Sunday, JULY 31ST.
Kawagoe Summer Festival
Only 30 minutes from Tokyo, the historic town of Kawagoe is a popular place to experience a typical Japanese summer festival. The festival is celebrated each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July. The festival includes parades, processions, portable shrines, music and dance. There are also many festival stalls with traditional Japanese festival games or selling festival food.
Time: from 12pm on Sunday Contact: Kawagoe City Tourist Information Office 049-222-5556 Location: Spreads from around Hon Kawagoe Station to the main tourist area by the Bell Tower. Access: Hon Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Approximately a 8 minute walk from Kawagoe station on the JR Kawagoe and Tobu Tojo Lines.
Omiya Summer Festival
This fun and lively festival is ideal for kids as it has a “Children’s Summer Festival Space”. Within that area, which holds up to 500 kids, there are children’s festival games such as hoop throwing, bowling, a quiz corner and more. They also have children’s much beloved kaki-kori (shaved ice). The main festival has parades, mikoshi (portable shrine), live music, dance including yosakoi as well as festival stalls and more.
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm Contact: Saitama Tourism and International Bureau 050-5541-8600 Location: Around the West Exit of Omiya Station Access: JR East, Tobu Railway and Saitama New Urban Transit OMIYA Station
Gyoda Floating Castle Festival 行田浮き城祭り
Held every year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July, this sacred rites festival attracts about 55,000 people from all over Saitama and beyond. The Danbe Folk Dance is one of the highlights of this festival. There are also portable shrines, floats, a parade and festival stalls.
Time: 3.30 pm to 9 pm Contact: 048-556-1111 Location: along Route 125 and Gyoda-Hasuda Avenue Access: 1 minute walk from Chichibu Railway Gyodashi Station
This information was accurate at the time of research. As with all fireworks and festivals (events in general) information is subject to change due to weather and/or mitigating factors.
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Shirakobato was named after the prefectural bird, a collared dove. One of the parks unique features is an imported beach of white sand from Australia. It is one of the most popular water parks with families as the park offers a lot more than just pools. A full list below under “Facilities”. They also organise many events , including kids programmes and beach sports. The park will open full time for the summer from this Saturday.
From 9 am on Saturday July 16th 2016. They close at 6 pm until the 16th of August and 5 pm until August 31st 2016.
720 yen for adults, 210 yen for primary and JHS students, children under 6 are free. They have a family pass for 2 adults and 2 school age children for 1650 yen. For over 65s, Thursdays are free in for “Senior Day” .
Take a bus bound for “Suijo Kouen” (水上公園) from Tobu Skytree Line’s Koshigaya Station.
Parking for 1900 cars, which costs 820 yen for the day. (Also see Google Maps at the bottom of post)
Sat nav/GPS: phone number 048-977-5151
9 pools in total, including a wave pool, a pool with sliders and a decent sized children’s pool with 2 low sliders. Plus:
Wading river and splash pools
BBQ areas that you can book in advance
Bikes for rent
Other: The park is wheelchair accessible and has 12 parking spaces for wheelchair and/or lower mobility users and wheelchair friendly ticket gates. There are 7 toilets for wheelchair users.
Like most water parks in Saitama, visible tattoos are forbidden.
This Saturday one of the many summer water parks opening their doors for the summer season is the prefectural water park: Saitama Suijo Koen. The pools will be open daily until August 31st.
From 9 am on Saturday July 16th. They close at 6 pm until the 16th of August and 5 pm until August 31st.
510 yen for adults, 210 yen for primary and JHS students, children under 6 are free. They have a family pass for 2 adults and 2 school age children for 1230 yen.
Take a bus bound for “Ageo Undo Kouen” (上尾運動公園) from JR Takasaki Line’s Ageo Station.
Parking for 1000 cars, which costs 820 yen for the day. (Also see Google Maps at the bottom of post)
Sat nav/GPS: phone number 048-773-6711
Pools include(but are not limited to) a wave pool, a pool with 6 sliders and a 40 to 60 cm depth children’s pool with 2 slides. Infants and toddlers still in nappies are allowed with a water nappy / diaper.
There is a food corner. They have events on weekdays.
*Taken from our facebook page Saitama with Kids. *
The summer pools at Seibu Amusement Park opened early in July. The night pool will open on select dates from July 15th. Seibu amusement park and its seasonal pools, beer garden and fireworks are popular with locals and even people commuting from Tokyo and further afield too.
9am to 5pm until September 4th. (They will close only 1 day during the season: September 1st).
Seibu Amusement park will open their NIGHT POOL from July 15th on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 9pm in July and from the 15th to the 19th and on Fridays in August.
Day pass for adults and children over 15 is 3,000 yen. For kindergarten and primary school aged children and people over 60 the price is 1800 yen for a day pass. Children under 2 are free.
4 pools (1 is massive) which include one 30 cm water depth pool that children in nappies / diapers ARE allowed into. Children over 3 are allowed to zorb on water with a parent. They have an “Hello Kitty Water Park” which is a separate water play area.
5 minute walk from Seibu Tamako Line Seibu Yuenchi Station and Seibu Line Seibuen Station.
Parking for 1200 cars, costs 1,300 yen for one day until July 31st, 1,500 yen per day from August 1st.
Sat nav/ GPS: phone number 042-922-1371
Other: Seibu Pools, in my experience to date, are the most expensive in Saitama. The amusement park launches fireworks during the summer and the park also has a seasonal beer garden. They have a night pool from July 15th.
One of the earliest parks to open their outdoor pools for the summer season is Numakage Park in Urawa, Saitama. Information adapted from Saitama with Kids facebook page (with permission):
The outdoor pools in NUMAKAGE PARK have been opening for weekends since July 2nd. They will open daily from this Saturday the 16th of July.
July 2nd to August 15th: 9am to 5.30pm.
August 15th to 31st: 9am to 5pm.
430 yen for adults, 210 for primary to high school students, preschoolers and below free. *However, children still in nappies / diapers are not allowed use the pools*
10 minute walk from JR Saikyo Line Musashi-Urawa station.
Parking: for 130 cars. FREE.
Satnav / GPS: phone number 048-861-9955
8 pools including 1 with waves and 2 suitable for young children (who are out of nappies). The children’s pools have a maximum of 50 cm of water and both have slides. Other: Numakage park also has an all year round indoor pool.