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Wading pool Saitama Children’s Zoo in 2020

June 1 @ 09:30 - September 1 @ 17:00

Wading river and splash pool at Saitama Children's Zoo saitama children's animal nature park

Wading pool Saitama Children’s Zoo – It is hard to believe it is already the time of year for wading pools and rivers. However, this year is quite different with the coronavirus. Normally, the wading / splash pool in the Children’s Zoo opens for the season during Golden Week. But this year, not only is the wading pool not accessible: the zoo is closed. 

The zoo will remain closed until at least May 6th, but most likely until the end of June. The schools in Japan are closed until June 1st. The feeling is the museums and zoos will remain closed until that time too. When / if the zoo opens back up in June, the wading pool will hopefully open with it. But, again, there is a chance it will remain closed longer. And that the wading pool might not be accessible at all in 2020.

What is the official name of the Saitama Children’s zoo?
Children’s Animal Nature Park Saitama

When does the Saitama Children’s Zoo water play area open?
The Saitama Children’s Zoo water play area is usually open from Golden Week until early October annually. However, in 2020, due to the novel Coronavirus the zoo itself is closed until at least May 6th and possibly beyond. As such the wading pool is also closed off.

Paddling splash pool saitama children's zoo

Wading Pool Saitama Children’s Zoo 2019 Dates

From Saturday April 27th you can play in the Saitama Children’s zoo splash pool, weather permitting, until roughly the end of September. The pool is available on the days the zoo is open which is Tuesday to Sunday. The end date has not yet been set, but it is typically the end of September or first week in October.

Wading river and splash pool at Saitama Children's Zoo
Wading river and splash pool at Saitama Children’s Zoo

There is also a wading river near the splash pool that has water in it all year round. It is about 20 centimeters high, but it is not cleaned like the pool is so is only  suited to wading through rather than playing in. There are some stepping stones in the river which are both fun and a source of danger for smaller children!

wading stream in saitama children's zoo
Wading stream in Saitama Children’s Zoo

Children in nappies (diapers) are asked not to use the wading pool. However, the main problem is the diapers themselves, so if you enter without them (and time the toilet) smaller children can also use the pool. They ask that you do not wear flip flops or any type of shoes into the wading pool.

For more places you can enjoy wading pools in Saitama:

(It is closed on Mondays when the zoo is also closed).

More information on Saitama Children’s Zoo in English:

Saitama Children’s Zoo | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

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For even more events in Saitama please see the main events calendar.

Official Site of the Saitama Children’s Zoo.


June 1 @ 09:30
September 1 @ 17:00
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Saitama Children’s Zoo


Children’s Animal Nature Park
554 Iwadono
Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture 355-0065 Japan
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