under the water in Shirakobato Summer Pools

The Shirakobato summer pools are opening again in 2024. But be careful: just like last year, they will not be selling or issuing tickets at the gate. You will need to purchase a ticket in advance – more information below.

Shirakobato Aqua Park / Summer Pools

Shirakabato Aqua park is one of the three remaining prefecture run pools. The other two are Kawagoe and Hanasaki. They generally all operate under the same system. There are also municipal and privately run seasonal pools in some areas. You can see which ones are open and which ones are closed here.

Shirakobato was named after the prefectural bird, a collared dove. Located in Koshigaya, it is one of the most popular water parks with families as the park offers a lot more than just pools. One of the parks unique features is an imported beach of white sand from Australia. A full list below under “Facilities”. They also normally organize many events, including kids programs and beach sports. However, in 2023, although the pools are opening, special or additional events are limited.

Facilities:
There are 9 pools in total, including a wave pool, a pool with sliders and a decent sized children’s pool with 2 low sliders. Plus:

  • Beach
  • Wading river and splash pools
  • Heated tub
  • BBQ areas that you can book in advance
  • Food Corner
  • Bikes for rent
  • Table tennis
  • Miniature Golf
  • Battery cars
  • Ball pool
  • Playground

Shirakobato is listed as the 13th most popular pool / aqua park in all of Japan in the 2022 Walker Pool Awards List. The number one spot is also in Saitama – check it out here!

The system in 2022 – 2024

You need to purchase a dated ticket in advance from a 7-11 convenience store or online at Asoview. Since 2022 they also have staggered times. There are six entry times: 9 am, 9.30 am, 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am and 11.30 am. Ticket information page.

2024 Information

Event: Shirakobato Summer Pools しらこばと公園夏季プール

Dates: from Saturday the 13th of July to Monday the 15th, and then daily from Saturday July 20th to Sunday September 1st 2024. (They sometimes close if a typhoon is on the way).

Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, last entry at 4 pm.

Cost: A ticket costs 730 yen for adults, 210 yen for primary and Junior High School students, children under 6 are free. In addition, they have a family pass for 2 adults and 2 school age children for 1670 yen. Again, there are no tickets at the gate – they need to be purchased online or at 7-11 convenience store.

Venue: Shirakobato Summer Pools, 985 Osogawa, Koshigaya, Saitama 343-0802. Plus Code: WP7X+GJ Koshigaya, Saitama. On Google Maps.

Shirakobato Summer Pools Access

Take a bus bound for “Suijo Kouen” (水上公園) from Tobu Skytree Line’s Koshigaya Station.
There is parking for 1900 cars, which costs 840 yen for the day. In 2022, you could only purchase a parking ticket in advance. But in 2023 you were able to park by paying cash, subject to availability. They are really discouraging people from coming by car in 2024, so the information is not readily available. They’ve paired up with Seibu railway to offer a discounted public transport x pool and pool goods rental ticket.

Other:
The park is wheelchair accessible and has 12 parking spaces for wheelchair and/or lower mobility users and wheelchair friendly ticket gates.  There are 7 toilets for wheelchair users.

Like most water parks in Saitama, visible tattoos are forbidden.

Official website

Last republish: 20230630

2 Comments

    1. Author

      I’m always in awe of how much there is to do and how many municipal and prefectural facilities there are.

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