Kawagoe Aqua Park Kawagoe Aquatic Park Saitama Pools summer pools

Kawagoe Aquatic / Aqua Park aka Kawagoe Suijo Kouen, or Kawagoe Water Park, is one of the bigger and most popular summer pools in Saitama. In 2022, Walker listed it as the 5th most popular aqua park in all of Japan. In addition, now that several pools have closed permanently, it is one of the few public pools left in Saitama Prefecture.

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⚠This post is specifically about the pools. All other information (general, sakura, spider lilies, swan boats, autumn leaves, BBQ etc) is contained in the Kawagoe Park post.

Features of Kawagoe Aqua Park

Pools and slides include:

  • Diving pool
  • Flowing pool
  • Aqua snake
  • Linear slider
  • Venture slider
  • “Chibikko Pool”
  • Infant poll
  • Multipurpose pool
  • Wave pool

One of the main attractions of Kawagoe water / aqua park is the pool with waves. It is inclined; the shallow end starts at 0 and the deep end is 1.6 meters. The waves come every 10 minutes. Another popular feature of the water park is the large ship in the center of the park. And the various slides are very popular too.

For small children there is a pool that is only 30cm, pictured below, and it has 2 small slides. My kids are in this one, somewhere!  Nappies/ Diapers are ok in this pool.

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Children’s pool, 30cm deep with two slides

There is also a 60cm pool with a fountain suited to kindergarten aged children:

Kawagoe aquatic park
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Other features include fountains, jets, sprays and a wading river at different points in the park. There is also a general pool. You can use a small pop up tent in the park, in fact, most Japanese people do. We may have been the only ones without, the first time we went! There is limited shaded areas in the park, so these pop up tents are very practical and for my Irish skin 100% essential!

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A sea of tents

Facilities and services

During the summer there is a normally special bus that runs to the park from Kawagoe and Honkawagoe stations to Kawagoe Aqua Park. There are 2 restaurants, 2 kiosks and a number of vans that sell food and drink. They also have a shop that sells pool goods. There is a shower and locker room and plenty of toilets. You can play tennis, futsal and soccer. There are a number of events held over the summer including snorkeling classes. There is a no tattoo policy (see photo below). You can get a full list, in Japanese, plus more information on the official website.

tattoo policy at a pool in kawagoe japan
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2024 information

Dates

Kawagoe Aqua (Water) park will open for the July Bank holiday weekend and then from Saturday July 20th to Sunday September 1st 2024. The July bank holiday weekend is from the 13th to the 15th. There will be no tickets at the gate again in 2024:

In 2024, just like in 2022 and 2023, it is necessary to purchase a dated ticket in advance. There are no tickets at the gate. The tickets for each date go on sale at 1 pm, seven days in advance. So, for example, tickets for July 15th go on sale at 1 pm on July 8th. Tickets can be bought at 7-11 convenience stores or online at Asoview. Official ticket page.

Opening Hours

They are opening from 9 am to 5 pm in 2024, last entry is at 4 pm.

Kawagoe summer pools events – in a normal year

Currently, they are not advertising any events for 2024, but during the time the pool is open there are normally some events and classes on. Such as snorkeling classes, scuba diving classes and aqua dance. There used to be an opening event too, with taiko performances, before the pandemic.

Kawagoe summer pools cost

¥730 yen for adults, ¥210 yen for children of school going age, children under 7 are free. Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 kids is 1670 yen. Parking costs 840 yen for the day or 1670 for anything larger than a mini van. Small lockers cost 100 yen for the day. Large lockers are 200 yen for the day.

Access

You can get a bus from the West exit of JR Kawagoe Station, bound for Kawagoe Suijo Koen. Or you can walk from Nishikawagoe station. If you come by car, there is plenty of parking. However, due to the popularity of the pools, parking can fill up pretty quickly. As per above, parking costs ¥840 for the day. (Parking is only charged during the pool season, its free the rest of the year).

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION AND PHOTOS:

More information about the park and its facilities:

Information for Kawagoe locals looking for a low key, cheap pool, but not yet confirmed for 2024.

Official website

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Editor’s note: In 2021, they planned to open, had even started selling advance tickets, but then a state of emergency was declared and that was the end of that!

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