Pokémon is now one of the most famous and popular Japanese games and Anime all over the world. Pokémon broke through with the video game series starting from Pocket Monsters Red and Green in Japan in 1996, and the game including Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon GO and Anime series have spread around the world recently.
There are a large number of Pokémon spots in Japan, home to the legendary game, and Pokémon Center and Pokémon Store are the mecca of the fans. Pokémon Center is an official shop offering a variety Pokémon items and services, and Japan has over 10 shops from Sapporo, Hokkaido to Fukuoka. Pokémon Store is a casual official shop which deals selected produces with a focus on hot-selling items of Pokémon Center.
Today, I’d like to introduce 6 best Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores for all Pokémon lovers. This also guides to how to get to each store and business hours.
1. Pokémon Center TOKYO DX & Pokémon Café
Pokémon Center TOKYO DX & Pokémon Café (ポケモンセンタートウキョーDX ＆ ポケモンカフェ), opened in March, 2018 as the newest and largest Pokémon Center. It is located on the 5th floor of Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C., one of the longest-established department stores in Tokyo. A big Snorlax statue lies with Pikachu and Mew on its shoulders in front of the shop. Countless cute characters’ plushes are put on display in Pokémon Center TOKYO DX and some of the products are available only there. One of the highlights of Pokémon Center TOKYO DX is Pokémon Café located next to the shop. The Pokémon-themed cafe serves various dishes and drinks related to the Pokémon’s characters. You can get the special items like mugs and dishes which are sold only there. Please be noted that a reservation is required to admit the cafe.
Access: 5 mins walk from Yaesu Exit of Tokyo Station (東京駅)/ 4 mins walk from Nihonbashi Station (日本橋駅)
Business hours: 10:30–21:00 (Pokémon Center TOKYO DX)/ 10:30–22:00 (Pokémon Café)
2. Pokémon Center SHIBUYA
A brand new branch of Pokémon Center is scheduled to open in 2019 autumn in Shibuya, one of the most visited tourist towns in Tokyo. The location of Pokémon Center SHIBUYA (ポケモンセンター シブヤ) is at the popular re-opening shopping complex Shibuya Parco, and Nintendo Tokyo will open alongside there at the same time. Nintendo Tokyo, the first official shop run by Nintendo first hand, offers video games, gaming experiences and events. Enjoy the Pokémon world with the cutting-edge technology at Pokémon Center SHIBUYA!
3. Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO
Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO (ポケモンセンターメガトウキョー), which opened in December, 2014, is located on the 2nd floor of the shopping complex Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The symbolic characters of Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO (ポケモンセンターメガトウキョー) are Mega Charizard Y and Pikachu. It provides a wide-range lineup of Pokémon products from the very first game to the latest one . The plush of Pikachu with Charizard’s head on its head is the limited item that you cannot buy except Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO.
Access: 3 mins walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (東池袋駅)/ 8 mins walk from Ikebukuro Station (池袋駅)
Business hours: 10:00–20:00
4. Pokémon Center SKYTREE TOWN
Pokémon Center SKYTREE TOWN (ポケモンセンタースカイツリータウン) is located in Solamachi, which is the shopping complex at the bottom of the highest building (634 meters) in Japan Tokyo Skytree. Rayquaza, the icon of Pokémon Center SKYTREE TOWN, matches the Pokémon Center since it is said to live high in the sky in the game. There are over 2,500 kinds of Pokémon products including exclusive items sold only there. The Pikachu plush putting itself in Rayquaza (both green and black are available) is what you should purchase at the shop.
Access: Just in front of Tokyo Skytree Station (とうきょうスカイツリー駅) or Oshiage Station (押上駅)
Business hours: 10:00–21:00
5. Pokémon Center TOKYO-BAY
Pokémon Center TOKYO-BAY (ポケモンセンタートウキョーベイ) belongs to Chiba Prefecture instead of Tokyo to be exact, which faces Tokyo and Tokyo Bay. The Pokémon Center is featured by Pikachu and the starter Pokemons of Pokémon Sun and Moon: Rowlet, Litten and Popplio. Pokémon Center TOKYO-BAY sells a variety plushes, video games and other cute items, of course and an arcade game named Pokémon Ga-Olé is available in the store. Additionally, the Pokémon Trading Card Station stands next to the Pokémon Center where many fans play with the cards.
Access: 5 mins walk from Minami-Funabashi Station (南船橋)
Business hours: 10:00–20:00 (Monday-Thursday)/10:00–21:00 (Friday-Sunday and National Holidays)
6. Pokémon Store Tokyo Station
Pokémon Store Tokyo Station (ポケモンストア 東京駅店), located at Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Station, is the one and only Pokémon Store in Tokyo. The Pokémon casual shop offer less products compared to other Pokémon Centers, however, selected popular items are displayed on shelves. The big Pikachu statue that disguises itself as a station staff wearing a blue hat welcomes you, and you can get its goods only at Pokémon Store Tokyo Station. You will use Tokyo Station for some times on your stay in Tokyo, so don’t miss the chance to visit the Pokémon Store.
Access: In Tokyo Station (東京駅)
Business hours: 10:00–20:30