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 have 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. Like all the other seasonal pools, it normally only opens for 7 weeks over the summer holidays. But in 2022 it will open for just five and a half weeks.
However, in both 2020 and 2021 it didn’t open at all, due to the pandemic. 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! In 2022, they are also planning to open – they started hiring part time staff in April and this week they released dates. Here’s hoping they can open as planned this year!
**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.
There is also a 60cm pool with a fountain suited to kindergarten aged children:
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!
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. (It may not be available in 2022). 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.
July Bank holiday weekend – Saturday July 16th to Monday July 18th then from Saturday July 23rd to Sunday August 28th.
In 2022, it is once again necessary to purchase a dated ticket in advance. You cannot purchase a ticket at the gate and will need to secure a ticket in advance. Tickets for each date go on sale at 1 pm, seven days in advance. So, for example, tickets for July 16th will go on sale at 1 pm on July 9th.
They are currently planning base opening hours of 10 am (9 am pre pandemic) to 5 pm. However, in 2022 they have staggered entry times. You cannot enter before the entry time on your ticket. The entry times are 10 am, 11 am, noon and 1 pm. Last entry is at 4 pm. Also, normally they extend the hours until 6 pm from the bank holiday in July to the end of Obon. But that might not be the case in 2022.
Kawagoe summer pools events – in a normal year
During the time the pool is open there are normally some events and classes on. Please note that it is unlikely there will be any events in 2022.
- A taiko performance from 11 to 11.40 am on the opening weekend.
- Around the weekend closest to July 20th: Snorkeling classes (book in advance)
- Last weekend in July: Snorkeling classes (pre-booking is recommended)
- Last week of July : Scuba Diving classes
- Early August: Aqua dance
- Mid August: Aqua dance
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. No tattoos allowed. 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.
Tickets need to be bought in advance from 7-11, either in store or online. Unlike 2021, the tickets can be bought at any 7-11 nationwide (last year you could only buy them in Saitama Prefecture). Tickets go on sale seven days before each date. For example, tickets for the first day – July 16th – will go on sale on July 9th.
Access: by 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 available in 2022.