Autumn Leaves Kawagoe Water Park
I love the way in Saitama there is no shortage of places to try out. I’ve known that the Kawagoe Water (/Aquatic) Park, 川越水上公園、is near my house for sometime, but today is the first time I ventured there. I thought the water park was only accessible to paying customers of their summer pools and water slides, but there is a large part of the park that is free to use all year round.
The free parking for the public park is just as you enter the facility under the banner arch. There are no lines to mark out parking spots and much to my surprise (and horror) its parallel parking. Parallel parking is not very common in Japan, especially at a public park. The playground is a bit of a walk, but the scenery is quite pleasant as you pass the lake. The lake has pedal boats and row boats. However, they are not available for hire during winter, from December 1st to March 1st. There are quite a lot of hungry ducks on the lake. Thankfully, I had bread in the baby’s bag, just in case. My kids enjoyed feeding them.
The play area is quite small, but there is enough to keep young children (preschoolers and infants) entertained. The playground equipment can be seen in the gallery above, with the few autumn foliage photos I was able to get.
**The park is worth visiting for locals, but it is not worth making the trip from afar in my personal opinion, unless for the summer pools or the cherry blossoms. The blooms in this park are amazing.**
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Autumn Leaves Kawagoe Park Information
|Address:||880 Oaza-ikenobe, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama|
|Phone:||049 241 2241|
|Hours:||Public park 24 hours. Parking lot hours vary, generally 8 am to 6 pm.|
|Cost:||The park itself is free, but sports facilities and seasonal outdoor pool have individual costs.|
|Online:||Official website – Japanese language only.|
|Nishi-Kawagoe station on the JR Kawagoe Line (JR East).|
Its an approximate 15 minute walk from the JR Nishi Kawagoe station. There are a limited number of buses that go from Kawagoe and Hon-Kawagoe stations. The bus stop is a ten minute walk from the park. (During summer season there are more frequent buses when the seasonal pools are open.)
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