Hello, this is _hiroyuki.ta. This time, we will introduce touring to Kawagoe Water Park in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture. I set out from central Tokyo on a Harley Sports Glide (FLSB).
What is Kawagoe Water Park?
Kawagoe Water Park is a prefectural park located in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture. It was built with the aim of creating a water and green space, and has a vast 44.6 hectare site with lush greenery, including a lawn square and walking paths. The avenue of approximately 330 cherry trees, the autumn leaves, and the Higanbana are a sight to behold. In the summer, the pool opens and you can enjoy eight different types of pools, including a lazy river, a wave pool, and a slider. There are also plenty of sports facilities such as boating, tennis, pool fishing, futsal courts, and a fitness club. This is a park that is sure to have a fun holiday for everyone from children to adults.
Route to Kawagoe Water Park
I ran about 50km from central Tokyo to Kawagoe Water Park. The route looks like this:
- Take Shuto Expressway No. 5 Ikebukuro Line and get off at Itabashi IC.
- Go north on National Route 17 and enter Kawagoe Kaido.
- Go west on Kawagoe Highway and enter Kawagoe City.
- In Kawagoe City, drive along National Route 254 and turn right at the Ikebe intersection.
- The entrance to Kawagoe Water Park is approximately 1 km from the Ikebe intersection.
This route is likely to cause traffic congestion on the Metropolitan Expressway No. 5 Ikebukuro Line and National Route 17, so we recommend departing with plenty of time to spare. Kawagoe Kaido is also home to many historic buildings and charming townscapes, so it’s fun to stop by along the way. I took a break in the center of Kawagoe City, which is called Little Edo. There are tourist attractions such as Toki no Kane and Kashiya Yokocho.
Highlights of Kawagoe Water Park
When we arrived at Kawagoe Water Park, we first headed to the boat pond in the center of the park. At the boat pond, you can rent pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, etc. You can aim for the fountain in the center of the pond. The spray of water from the fountain was cool and pleasant. Trees such as cherry blossoms and ginkgo biloba are planted around the pond, and you can enjoy colorful scenery depending on the season.
Next, we went near the pool. The pool is open from July to September, and the entrance fee is 730 yen for adults and 210 yen for elementary and junior high school students. There are nine types of pools, including lazy rivers, wave pools, and sliders.
Finally, we went to the lawn area. The lawn area is about 10ha in size, and you can have picnics and barbecues. I had lunch on the lawn. From the lawn square, you can see various facilities in the park and the surrounding scenery. There is also a dog run and play area in the lawn area. I tried riding the swings and slides in the playground area. It reminded me of my childhood and I enjoyed it.
Motorcycle parking lot at Kawagoe Water Park
Kawagoe Water Park has free parking near the park entrance. The parking lot has space for approximately 1000 cars. There is no dedicated parking lot for motorcycles, but you can park them along with your car. You can walk from the parking lot into the park. It takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot to the boat pond, about 10 minutes to the summer pool, and about 15 minutes to the lawn area.
Kawagoe Water Park is a wonderful park where you can enjoy water and green spaces to the fullest. There are plenty of activities such as boats and pools, as well as relaxing spots such as lawns. You can also go by bike and there is free parking. Kawagoe City also has a historic townscape called Little Edo. It is easily accessible not only from Saitama Prefecture but also from central Tokyo. Everyone, please come and visit us at least once.