Page 2 of 26 things to do in Kawagoe with kids, click here for page 1. These ideas are more suited to longer term visitors and / or residents of Kawagoe or the surrounding areas.
There are several places you can climb and boulder in Kawagoe with kids. Kawagoe Rock Craft is probably the most convenient for those coming by train as it is close to both Kawagoe and Hon Kawagoe stations. It was closed for a few months recently, but is back open. But you can also climb on the outskirts of Kawagoe at places such as Monolith on Route 254 or in Sports Authority in Unicus Minami Furuya where even toddlers can climb. Read more…
Last year Kawagoe’s first trampoline land “Airjoy” opened on the border of Fujimino City. There are several centers in Saitama where you can play on trampolines, but Airjoy in Kawagoe and Trampoland in Niiza are the only two dedicated trampoline fun centers. Read more…
Hours: 1 pm to 9 pm on weekdays, 9.30 am to 7 pm on weekends and public holidays
Cost: upwards of 1450 yen
Location: On the border of Fujimino
Kawagoe does not have a Round1 surprisingly and unfortunately. But there is a bowling alley in Unicus in Minami Furuya. It also has a climbing area for kids and a game center. The bowling alley is minutes walk from Minami Furuya station. There is a cinema next door too.
Hours: 9 am to 11 pm on weekdays and 7 am to 2 am on weekends
Cost: upwards of 600 yen
Location: Minami Furuya
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It is no surprise that like every other city around Japan, there are several places you can do Karaoke in Kawagoe. Crea Mall, the shopping street from Kawagoe station to near Hon-Kawagoe station, has a selection of karaoke boxes. You can find a Manekine Neko, a karaoke chain store known for being child friendly, near Hon Kawagoe station. But personally I prefer the Shidax chain for their children’s plans. There is one in the Shingashi area of Kawagoe. Read more…
18. Indulge in a relaxing bath
Centrally located near Hon Kawagoe station in the shopping district of Crea Mall, Kawagoe Yuyu Land is as popular with tourists as it is locals. Apart from offering a variety of baths, they put on shows regularly in the rest area and sometimes even in one of the bathrooms! They have a small play area for kids as well as a game center. The building is quite pretty too. And you can stay there too for a modest price, but the rooms are quite small and dated.
Hours: 5 am to 2 am
Cost: upwards from 760 yen
Location: Crea Mall
19. Try a favourite dessert in Japan
There are quite a few places you can get flavoured shaved ice in Kawagoe between the months of April and October. But there are also specialty shaved ice restaurants that serve snow cones, kakigori in Japanese, all year round. Korekaki is one of the most popular. The best time of the year to go is actually winter, because that’s the only time there is no queue for a coveted seat. Read more…
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm seven days a week during the summer. For the rest of the year they take Tuesdays off and sometimes one other day during the week
Cost: upwards of 700 yen
Location: City Hall area
20. Paddle your feet
You can paddle your feet in the water play area of parks such as Isanuma Park on the outskirts. But even in the tourist district there is a foot spa you can enjoy at Tsubaki no Kura. It is for customers of the small cafe at the back of the souvenir store. You can relax over a beverage in a zen garden with stunning Japanese parasols. Read more…
Hours: noon to 6.30 pm on weekdays, 10 am to 7.30 pm on weekends
Cost: from 400 yen
Location: Main tourist district Ichibangai
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The aforementioned Isanuma Park also has a barbecue area. It is in a wooded area beside the splash pool and small river. Three is an adventure playground in the park too. Although the park is quite small, it is very popular in summer. Read more…
Hours: Open 24 hours, seven days a week. But splash pool and barbecue have seasonal schedules
Location: Outskirts, route 16
22. Swan boat
You can take swan boats out on the lake in Kawagoe Water Park from Spring to the end of Autumn. The lake is located in the free part of the park, but you do have to pay to rent the swan boats. There are coin operated rides beside the lake too.
There are several indoor swimming pools in Kawagoe, but there is also a seasonal outdoor aqua park in the aforementioned Kawagoe Water Park. That aqua park opens from mid July to the end of August or very early September, depending on the year. Read more…
Hours: the park itself is open 24 hours, pool, barbecue and swan boats hours vary and are seasonal
Cost: from 410 yen (swan boats) and from 720 yen (seasonal pool)
Location: Outskirts, close to Sayama
24. Chill out at the library
The Kawagoe Chuo library is not the most aesthetic, but they frequently show kid’s movies for free in their top floor theater. Also, they have a good selection of foreign language kids books. If you need to get out of the rain or the heat while touring Kawagoe or as a resident here, it can prove a useful spot. Read more..
Hours: 9.30 am to 7 pm from Tuesdays to Fridays and to 6 pm on weekends. Closed on Mondays.
Location: City Hall Area
25. Play in one of the children’s community centers
Kawagoe has two children’s centers in fairly central locations. The Kawagoe station east exit children’s centre is located in Kurasse close to Atre beside the Tobu Tojo Kawagoe station. Kawagoe’s Children’s Castle is relatively near Penny Candy Alley. Both are free and open to anyone (with children) so long as you sign in. Read more…
26. Take part in a festival
Saving the best for last – take part in a festival in Kawagoe with kids. There are several festivals during the year. THe majority of them are suited to children. The biggest is the Kawagoe Festival in Autumn and the summer festival is very large too. They have smaller festivals throughout the year including one for children in May.
27. Become a ninja for an hour or two!
Become a ninja for an hour or two at Shinobi Shinobi Kurodaya! There are different experiences and costumes available. You choose what you want to do and insert money into a vending machine to get a ticket for the activity you want to try. You can just try throwing ninja starts for 500 yen or get your ninja on with a full costume and range of activities with prices starting from 3,500 yen. Read more… (external website, Kawagoe Info).
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm from Thursdays to Tuesdays
Cost: depends on package, starting from 500 yen for ninja activities and from 2,500 yen for costume packages
Location: Near the Kawagoe Trick Art Museum just past the main tourist strip Ichibangai.
No official website, booking can be done through Jalan.net.
28. Hang out with some animals!
You can now hang out with some animals (other than cats or dogs) at two different locations in Kawagoe. Bamboo Palm’s main branch near the Kawagoe Suijo Park has several different small animals you can interact with, including a seal! And their branch beside the bell tower has owls and other small animals. More information coming soon!
>>More information coming soon<<
In the meantime, enjoy watching the animals on Bamboo TV.
Hours: coming soon
Cost: 1000 yen
Location: ①Near Suijo Koen ②Beside the bell tower
On top of all that there is the usual sightseeing, museums, shopping, food sampling etc. Some of which you will find in the Saitama With Kids Archives or by using the search function on the sidebar. What would you add to this list of things to in Kawagoe with Kids? Please do let us know.
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