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. And now that several pools have closed permanently, it is one of the few public pools left. 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 the pools

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 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 centre 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.

Kawagoe Aqua Park Kawagoe Aquatic Park Saitama Pools summer pools
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 special bus that runs to the park from Kawagoe and Honkawagoe stations. 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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2022 information

Dates

Kawagoe Aqua park summer pools opening hours and dates for 2022

July Bank holiday weekend – Saturday July 16th to Monday July 18th then from Saturday July 23rd to Sunday August 28th.

Although we now have dates for the 2022 season, we will not until closer to the time how the pools will operate this year. In 2021, they planned to open and about a week before the planned opening date they had to change their plans, due to the announcement of a State of Emergency In 2021, it was necessary to purchase a dated ticket in advance. Tickets had already gone on sale at 7-11 convenience stores in Saitama prefecture, before the SOE was announced. Anyone who had a ticket, did receive their money back.

Please note that if the situation is the same as 2021, you will not be able to purchase a ticket at the gate and will need to secure a ticket in advance. They have not yet indicated what system they will use in 2022. The information will probably be available around mid June. I will update this post as promptly as possible. And of course, there is also the possibility that, like last year, they may have to cancel their plans to open last minute. The official website is linked below so you can check for the most recent information.

Opening Hours

They are currently planning base opening hours of 10 am to 5 pm. Last entry is at 4 pm. In a normal year they used to open at 9 am. 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

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 2021.

  • 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.

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.

Official website

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