Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store in Kyoto and Osaka
Find official Pokemon products and merchandise!
Ever since its first Japanese release back in 1996 and international release a few years later, Pokemon has constantly been one of the most popular games and anime franchises around the world.
It first started with the game for the Game Boy and later came the anime series. Now, over 20 years after its first release, there are numerous Pokemon games in many different game platforms as well as toys, school utensils, and much other merchandise. There are also many anime movies and even a Hollywood movie.
Because of the huge demand for Pokemon merchandise, the first Pokemon center was opened. Currently, there are 28 official Pokemon centers all around the country, each having its own particular style and charm.
In this article, we will introduce you to the Pokemon Centers and Pokemon Stores in Kyoto and Osaka, so that you can find official Pokemon products and merchandise.
1. Pokemon Center KYOTO
Pokemon Center KYOTO (ポケモンセンターキョウト) opened in March of 2016 but was relocated to the current location in march of 2019. The new location is just a couple of stations away from Kyoto station and you can access the Pokemon Center directly from the train station. The symbol Pokemon for this Pokemon Center is the legendary “Ho-oh” from the “Gold/Silver” generation, and you can see a large figure of it in the middle of the Pokemon Center. Find Pokemon products you won’t find elsewhere.
Access: Directly connected with “exit 26” of Shijo station (Kyoto Municipal Subway “Karasuma Line”) and Karasuma station (Hankyu “Kyoto Line”)
Business hours: 10:00–20:00
2. Pokemon Center OSAKA DX & Pokemon Cafe
Pokemon Center OSAKA DX & Pokemon Cafe (ポケモンセンターオーサカDX ＆ ポケモンカフェ), Located on the 9th floor of Daimaru Shinsaibashi building, was just newly opened in September of 2019. In the entrance of the Pokemon Center are 3 large figures of the legendary Pokemon “Articuno”, “Zapdos”, and “Moltres” from the first generation.
Annexed to the Pokemon Center, a Pokemon Cafe was also inaugurated. This is the second Pokemon Cafe in the country after the one opened in Tokyo in 2018. Go check out their original Pokemon menu!
Access: Directly connected with “exit 4” of Shinsaibashi station (Osaka Metro “Midosuji Line”)
Business hours: 10:00–20:00 (Pokemon Center OSAKA DX)/ 10:00–20:00 (Pokemon Cafe)
※Important note: Reservations are required for the Pokemon Cafe.
Check more details about the Pokemon Center OSAKA DX & Pokemon Cafe!
3. Pokemon Center OSAKA
Pokemon Center OSAKA (ポケモンセンターオーサカ) was first opened way back in 1998 but relocated to the current location in November of 2010. It is located on the 13th floor of Daimaru Umeda building, just a few minutes walking from Osaka station or Umeda station. Here you can find a Pikachu plushie wearing a Takoyaki T-shirt which can only be found in this specific Pokemon Center.
Aside from the Pokemon Center, the Pokemon Card Station was also opened in 2018. Here, you can participate in Pokemon Card Game competitions. And don’t worry if you don’ know how to play. Here you can learn how to!
Access: 5-minute walk from Osaka station (JR Lines)
10-minute walk from Umeda station (Hankyu Line)
Business hours: 10:00–20:00
4. Pokemon Store ITAMI AIRPORT (*CLOSED)
*NOTE: Pokemon Store ITAMI AIRPORT is permanently closed and is no longer there.
Pokemon Store ITAMI AIRPORT (ポケモンストア 伊丹空港店) is located on the 2nd floor of the terminal building at Itami airport (a.k.a. Osaka International Airport) and it was inaugurated in April of 2018. The store, although not being as big as a Pokemon Center, it provides a great variety of Pokemon merchandise. You will find a life-size Pikachu pilot and Pikachu flight attendant welcoming you to the store. Pass by the store and get your Pikachu pilot and Pikachu flight attendant plushie if you happen to pass by! Other original merchandise can also be found so don’t miss it!
Access: 2-minute walk from Osaka Airport Station (Osaka Monorail Main Line)
Business hours: 07:00–21:00
5. Pokemon Store KANSAI AIRPORT (*CLOSED)
*NOTE: Pokemon Store KANSAI AIRPORT is permanently closed and is no longer there.
Pokemon Store KANSAI AIRPORT (ポケモンストア 関西空港店) was inaugurated in June of 2014. There are actually 2 Pokemon Stores within Kansai Airport; one on the 2nd floor and another on the 3rd floor (both in the 1st terminal building). Here you can also find plushies of Pikachu pilots and Pikachu flight attendants, but they are not the same as the ones you will find in the Pokemon Store ITAMI AIRPORT. The uniform is different. So if you are willing to complete your Pokemon merchandise collection, make sure to pass by the Kansai Airport as well!
Access: 2-minute walk from Kansai Airport Station (Nankai Electric Railway and JR Lines)
Business hours: (2F) 07:30–21:00 / (3F) 07:00–21:30
As you can see, many of these Pokemon Centers and Pokemon Stores are new. Each has its own different theme and original merchandise, which makes going to each of these Pokemon Centers a unique experience.
If you’re a Pokemon fan, why not check out one or two or… maybe all of these Shops?
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