Kawagoe Aquatic Park aka Kawagoe Suijo Kouen, or Kawagoe Water Park, is one of the bigger summer pools in Saitama. Like all the other seasonal pools, it only opens for 7 weeks over the summer holidays. However, in both 2020 and 2021 it didn’t open at all, due to the Coronavirus.
**This post is specifically about the pools. All other information (general, sakura, 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.
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 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.
We will not until closer to the time how the pools will operate in 2022, if they operate at all. 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.
If the pools follow the pattern of a usual year in 2022, they will open for a weekend on July 9th, close again from July 11th to 15th and then open full time for the season from Saturday July 16th. Closing at the end of August or possibly September 4th. If they follow the planned pattern of 2021, the pools will only open for four weeks from the end of July to the end of August. 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.
In 2021 the planned hours were from 10 am to 5 pm with last entry at 4 pm, from July 31st to August 29th. In a normal year the hours are from 9 am to 5 pm for the first weekend and the last couple of weeks in August. And until 6 pm from the bank holiday in July to the end of Obon.
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: