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Splash pool and water play open in Shinrin Park | NAMEGAWA
April 28 @ 09:00 - September 17 @ 17:00￥450
Water Play Shinrin Park – One of the better (non-swimming-pool) water play areas in Saitama is in Shinrin Park. There are two separate places you can play with water in Shinrin Park, both near the West Gate where most of the children’s facilities are. The “Mori no Oasis” is a 2500 metre squared paddling and splash pool with mist, fountains and other water play features. The water depth ranges from 5 to 30cm. The “Keiryu Hiroba” is a wading river that was opened last year.
There are lockers and changing rooms beside the Mori no Oasis water play area. Nappies (diapers) are allowed, but they have to be the regular type – the special water nappies are not allowed. There is a tuck shop beside the wading pools, that sells ice cream and kaki-kori.
Water Play Shinrin Park hours
This year the water play areas will be open from April 28th to September 17th during regular park hours. However, from my own personal experience I know that sometimes you can’t access the pools very first thing in the morning!
Please note that during this period there are days when only part of the Mori no Oasis will be open, due to cleaning. Generally it is on the Tuesdays and the occasional Wednesday during the paddling pool season that they close one part of the pools. They alternate between the upper and lower areas every second week. Also, the Keiryu Hiroba will be unavailable during cleaning days, which this year are: May 18th, June 26th, July 19th, August 2nd and 23rd, and September 13th.
Shinrin Park Cost
The day after the splash pads / pools and wading river first open, i.e April 29th, the park is free in for everyone. Earlier this month the prices changed and the park is now actually free in for children all the time, but the price for adults has increased to 450 yen from 410 yen. Previously they charged 80 yen for primary school and middle school aged children. High school children are charged at adult price.
Shinrin Park Access
The nearest train station is Shinrin Koen Station on the Tobu Tojo line. You can get a bus to the park from there.
From Shinrin-koen Station on the Tobu Tojo Line
From the official site:
Get off at Shinrin-koen Station on the Tobu Tojo Line, and there is a bus stop and taxi stand at the North Exit. It is approx. a 3 km (approx. 40 min.) walk to the Shinrin Park’s South Gate.
Bus: To Shinrin Park South Exit (Running on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays only), Get on the direct bus to Shinrin-koen,and get off at the last stop
To Kumagaya Sta. South Exit and To Rissho Daigaku, for South gate get off at Namerikawa Chugakko, and walk approx. 5 min. For West Gate, Get off at Shinrin-koen West Ent., and it is directly before you
From Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line
From the official site:
Get off at Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line, and there is a bus stop at the South Exit.
BUS: To Shinrin-koen Station, For West Gate: Get off at Shinrin-koen West Ent., and it is directly before you. For South Gate: Get off at Shinrin-koen South Ent.,
and it is directly before you
There is plenty of parking. It is charged by the day. At the central gate there is additional independent parking lots. They are cheaper than the park’s parking costs. However, they are normally only open on weekends and public holidays. And some of them are quite a distance from the gate. Bear in mind that this particular gate is also quite far from the nearest play area.
You will find the map in the grey details box at the very bottom of the post.
You can find other events in Shinrin Park as well as other areas of Saitama on the main events calendar.