since the very beginning of the Pokemon hype, which began actually already almost 20 years ago, Im a huge fan of the whole series. Those Pokemon just way too cute to resist and the Pokemon games are still gorgeous and so it was crystal clear that we needed to visit a "Pokemon Center" during our stay in Japan. Those so called "Pokemon Center" are stores which are selling a lot of exclusive Pokemon merchandise. In beforehand we planned to visit only the store in Tokyo but we ended up in visiting in total four different Pokemon Center in Japan and Im happy that we did so because each store offers (partly) another wide of range.
On day 3 of our journey we visited the Pokemon Center Tokyo:
Shiodome Shibarikyu Building 2F 1-2-3 Kaigan,
Unfortunately it wasn't allowed to take photos of inside the store and so we could took only pictures outside:
|Piplup, Pikachu and Charmander - the mascots of the Pokemon Center in Tokyo.|
|floor guide - once you reached the building you can't miss the store anymore!|
|on the 2nd floor this giant Pikachu welcomes you!|
Three days later we visited the Pokemon Center in Nagoya and that actually only because it was really nearby our hotel. Unlike the one in Tokyo, the Pokemon Center in Nagoya isn't a "own" store, it was more like a big department of the children's ward of the Matsuzakaya shooping mall:
Matsuzakaya Main Building 5F
3-16-1, Sakae, Naka-ku,
Here it was also not allowed to take photos inside the store. We went to this place twice and Mochi felt in love with a big golden Magikarp plushie. In the end he decided not to buy it (yet) because it was too big to carry with and we besides we thought that we will find this Magikarp in an other Pokemon Center again - what a mistake.
Four days later it was already time to visit another Pokemon Center: Osaka! Actually none of us Pokemon-fans made the suggestions to do so - it was Don's offer! Poor Don, he isn't interested in Pokemon at all and so it must have been really boring watching us shopping.
The Pokemon Center was once again more like a big department than an own store and is located in a big shopping building:
Daimaru Umeda Store 13F
3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku,
3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku,
|a sort of cooking show had been also held on F13|
|stationery and pens of my favourite theme: Happy Party Time - Eevee & Friends!|
|drinks and sweets|
|plushies as far as the eye can see|
|supplies for Nintendo (3)DS and other electronic devices|
|Pikachu, Meowth and Tepig are the mascots of Pokemon Center Osaka|
|even Zekrom needs affection|
|Coin-machine - a great souvenir|
Loaded with (again) a lot of merchandise we left the Pokemon Center in Osaka and then just to visit the Pokemon Center in Yokoma only two days later:
The Pokemon Center Yokohama is finally a real store again and is located in Landmark Plaza shopping mall:
Landmark Plaza 4F,
2-2-1 Minato Mirai Nishi ku,
We stayed only a few hours in Yokohama to make a break from our long drive from Kyoto back to Tokyo. The store in Yokohama had strangely a lot of merchandise we did not have seen it the other three stores yet so it was a great deal that we could stop here.
Back in germany, I really miss the Pokemon Center. We really should have such a store in europe, too. I simply love the japanese passion for detail and I suggest every Pokemon-fan to visit at least one store. You won't regret it. ^O^