Pokemon is now one of the most famous and popular Japanese games and Anime all over the world. Pokemon broke through with the video game series starting from Pocket Monsters Red and Green in Japan in 1996, and the game including Pokemon Trading Card Game and Pokemon GO and Anime series have spread around the world recently.
There are a large number of Pokemon spots in Japan, home to the legendary game, and Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store are the mecca of the fans. Pokemon Center is an official shop offering a variety Pokemon items and services, and Japan has over 10 shops from Sapporo, Hokkaido to Fukuoka. Pokemon Store is a casual official shop which deals selected produces with a focus on hot-selling items of Pokemon Center.
Today, I’d like to introduce 6 best Pokemon Centers and Pokemon Stores for all Pokemon lovers. This also guides to how to get to each store and business hours.
1. Pokemon Center TOKYO DX & Pokemon Cafe
Pokemon Center TOKYO DX & Pokemon Cafe (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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon Center TOKYO DX and some of the products are available only there. One of the highlights of Pokemon Center TOKYO DX is Pokemon Cafe located next to the shop. The Pokemon-themed cafe serves various dishes and drinks related to the Pokemon 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 (Pokemon Center TOKYO DX)/ 10:30–22:00 (Pokemon Cafe)
2. Pokemon Center SHIBUYA
A brand new branch of Pokemon Center is scheduled to open in 2019 autumn in Shibuya, one of the most visited tourist towns in Tokyo. The location of Pokemon 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 Pokemon world with the cutting-edge technology at Pokemon Center SHIBUYA!
3. Pokemon Center MEGA TOKYO
Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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. Pokemon Center SKYTREE TOWN
Pokemon 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 Pokemon Center SKYTREE TOWN, matches the Pokemon Center since it is said to live high in the sky in the game. There are over 2,500 kinds of Pokemon 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. Pokemon Center TOKYO-BAY
Pokemon 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 Pokemon Center is featured by Pikachu and the starter Pokemons of Pokemon Sun and Moon: Rowlet, Litten and Popplio. Pokemon Center TOKYO-BAY sells a variety plushes, video games and other cute items, of course and an arcade game named Pokemon Ga-Olé is available in the store. Additionally, the Pokemon Trading Card Station stands next to the Pokemon 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. Pokemon Store Tokyo Station
Pokemon 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 Pokemon Store in Tokyo. The Pokemon casual shop offer less products compared to other Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon Store.
Access: In Tokyo Station (東京駅)
Business hours: 10:00–20:30