Kawagoe Water Park – Kawagoe Suijo Kouen, or Kawagoe Aquatic 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, the pools are just one part of a larger recreational park which is open all year round. The park is particularly renowned for its late blooming cherry blossoms, but the somei yoshino variety are also very beautiful in this park. Kawagoe Suijo Koen also hosts a very popular flea market once a month. Moreover, throughout the year there are various festivals in the park, such as the Nippon Nabe festival in winter. (Jump to Cherry Blossom Information)
Kawagoe Water Park Summer Pools
Summer pools are a great way to get the kids to go to bed early, have a deep sleep and sleep later than normal in the morning! All that water play really tires them out and they really really love it. In 2020 the pools didn’t open at all due to the Coronavirus. However, in 2021 they initially planned to open, but once the State of Emergency was announced they cancelled those plans.
Features of the pools
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 metres. 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 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 that my older two kids (5 and 4) can enjoy and my 2 year old with a float.
Other features include fountains, jets, sprays and a wading river at different points in the park. There is also a simple 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 snorkelling 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: https://www.parks.or.jp/kawagoesuijo/
Please check there for up-to-date charges. The prices last year (2014):
Or you can see the summer pool event information here (updated annually).
Additional park information
Outside the aquatic park there is a free public park with a small playground, a barbecue area, battery cars and a lake with swan boats for hire. It is a popular place for walking. You can ride bikes there too. In spring time the park is full of people enjoying hanami. The cherry blossoms in this park are well renowned, particularly the late blooming yaezakura variety.
Cherry Blossoms at Kawagoe Water Park
The Somei Yoshino variety cherry blossoms pictured below, typically bloom the last week in March to the first week in April:
Yaezakura late blooming cherry blossoms at Kawagoe Water Park
The late blooming cherry blossoms, known as yaezakura in Japanese, at Kawagoe Water Park are one of the better known yaezakura viewing spots in Saitama Prefecture. It is popular for the view of the late blooming cherry blossoms with swan boats on a lake.
The park is particularly well known for its late blooming cherry blossoms called yaezakura in Japanese. The yaezakura are on the right side of the lake if you have the rotary car park (bus stop area) at your back. They go from the battery cars to near the small playground. They typically bloom mid April and last one to two weeks depending on the weather.
In September the spider lilies grow. Both in the park and outside on “higanbana komichi” or Spider Lily Lane in English. The ones in the park are along a beautiful one kilometer trail:
Later in the season you can see Autumn colors around the swan lake. The following photos were taken in 2013 with an old camera phone!
There is a flea market in the park once a month. I actually had a stall at it a couple of times back in 2006! It was a lot of fun. It always attracts a good crowd. When it is out of pool season it is generally held in the main car park for the summer pools. You can get the up-to-date schedule for the flea market on the Recycle-man website.
Update November 13th 2020: The remaining schedule for fiscal year 2020 (to March 2021)
- November 28th
- February 14th
- March 7th
If you are visiting Kawagoe Aquatic park, I recommend stopping by the Saimyouji Temple next door. It was the second temple ever in all of Japan to openly promote and perform same sex marriage. Plus it has the most beautiful floral water fonts that are changed weekly!
The nearest train station is Nishikawagoe on the JR Kawagoe line. The park is a 15 minute walk from that station. Or you can get a bus from downtown Kawagoe.
For more on Kawagoe please see the Kawagoe Guide.
First written in 2015, updated in 2017, 2018 and 2020.