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The Best Pokemon Attractions in Japan to Accompany Pokemon Wonder Theme Park

Japan leaves Pokemon fans spoiled for choice.

By Jo Craig

July 8, 2021

The reveal of the new Japanese theme park, Pokemon Wonder, is another reason why Japan is the place to visit for fans of pop culture and nature lovers.

The Pokemon Company announced the 48,000-square foot forest theme park that fuses Pokemon and nature together to provide top-tier exploration in a nutshell.

Inspired by the reveal of this exciting new premise, we’ve compiled a list of all the best Pokemon attractions to visit in Japan.

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Pokemon Center

This is a no-brainier for Pokemon fans and stands as one of Japan’s most popular tourist spots.

With a plushie for every Pokemon up for grabs as well as many other original items and experiences, the Pokemon Center should be your first stop.

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Pokemon Cafe

The food at themed cafes is always a bit of a gamble, but the atmosphere and the giant Pikachu, who puts on a show while you dine, is an unforgettable experience.

Booking well in advance on the official website is your best option to guarantee an afternoon with Chef Pikachu.

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Pokemon Go Lab

This store is inspired by Professor Willow’s research lab from the popular augmented reality mobile game. Lots of unique merch and giant Poke Stops await in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City.

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Pokemon Train

The ‘Pokemon with You’ train, or the Pikachu train, is located in the Tohoku Region and is decorated to a tee with the electric mouse in mind.

Included in the lineup of Japan’s “Joyful Trains”, this brightly-colored journey is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

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Poke Lids

Something a little more niche is the hunt for unique manhole covers sporting eye-catching Pokemon designs.

The official website lists every manhole cover that can be found and utilizes Google Maps to help you catch ‘em all.

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Pokemon Hotel

The Tokyo and Kyoto branch of Mimaru Hotels has Pokemon-themed rooms to book, featuring a sleeping Snorlax plushie because it wouldn’t be the same without one.

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Kyoto

Despite the aforementioned attractions providing first-class entertainment for Pokemon fans, this last highlight is an authentic one.

Pokemon’s Kanto region shares the same name as its real-life counterpart, with Johto based off of Chūbu and Shikoku with the Kansai region’s Kyoto represented as well. The franchise’s Ecruteak City mimics the traditional style of Kyoto, with many of the city’s pagodas inspiring in-game landmarks.

Kyoto, on top of many other traditional Japanese cities, are certainly places to visit whether you’re a Pokemon fan or all-round adventurer.

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Jo Craig
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Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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