Pokémon is one of the most recognized and beloved animations and games across the world today. Exploding into the scene in the mid-1990s, Pokémon garnered the attention of millennials and Gen-Z’s alike with its adorable characters, strong Shonen storyline, and amazing fantasy world.
Fast forward 20 years and you’ve got actual Pokémon spots you can visit in Tokyo!
There are two types that you can visit: a Pokémon Centre which is an official shop offering Pokémon items and services, and a Pokémon Store, which is a smaller-scale, casual shop selling the most popular items from the Pokémon Centre.
If you grew up watching Pokémon, this is a must-do whilst traveling Japan.
Go on then, live out your inner 8-year-old’s dream by being like Ash and head there to pick out your Pokémon…or simply marvel at the entire design of the shop (sometimes in the shape of a Pokeball!), buy some Pokémon merchandise, and re-live your childhood memories.
Today, we’re going to take you through the 6 best Pokémon Centers and Stores in Tokyo that you can (and should!) visit.
1. Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO
This is one of the original Pokémon Centers to open in Japan, and it’s still as popular today as it was back when it first opened.
Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO is one of the biggest in the country and it features a plethora of unique characteristics that are unique to this store only.
It, of course, boasts a huge number of Pokémon products including toys, backpacks, cards, and clothing. There are throwbacks to the very first Pokémon game and limited edition items of the latest.
It also features arcade-style Pokémon games, a wall of ‘gatchapon’ machines (coin machines that spit out random toys when you pop a gold coin in), and regular Pokémon events!
The icon of the Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO is Mega Charizard Y and Pikachu, and you’ll find that they’re the only store to sell the official plush of Pikachu wearing Charizard’s head here.
Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO is located in the Sunshine City shopping center, a few mins walk away from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station.
- Address: Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO
- Access: 3 minutes from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station / 8 minutes from Ikebukuro Station
- Hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm
2. Pokémon Center SKYTREE TOWN
If you’re visiting the Tokyo Skytree, you’re in luck! There is a Pokémon Center located in the Solmachi shopping complex at the bottom of the Tokyo Skytree. You can get amazing views of Tokyo city and amazing views of Pokémon on the same day!
The first and most impressive thing you’ll notice is the huge Rayquaza greeting you at its entrance. It was chosen as the icon of the Pokémon Center at Skytree Town because, just like the top of the tower, the Rayquaza lives high in the sky.
Like other Pokémon Centers, it offers a stunning range of Pokémon memorabilia, including exclusive items sold only at this center.
If you’re looking for something unique, the plush toy of the Pikachu riding the Rayquaza is sold officially (and exclusively!) here.
- Address: Pokémon Center SKYTREE TOWN
- Access: Located just outside of Tokyo Skytree Station
- Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm
3. Pokémon Center TOKYO DX
This Pokémon Center is one of the latest additions to Tokyo, and it’s one of the most impressive yet!
At its entrance sits the iconic Snorlax with adorable Pikachu and Mew perched on its shoulders. Inside, you will see a huge range of Pokémon products such as plush toys and other popular merchandise.
However, the biggest attraction of the Pokémon Center TOKYO DX would have to be the Pokémon Cafe located next door!
This Pokémon-themed eatery is as fascinating and adorable as you can imagine. From Pokémon-themed and shaped dishes to drinks in the shape of Pokémon characters, you’ll definitely have a hard time choosing which dish to get on the menu!
You can also purchase special items such as unique Pokémon mugs and dishes only available at this store.
You may need to make a booking before heading to the cafe, as it does get quite packed.
- Address: Pokémon Center TOKYO DX
- Access: 4 minutes from Nihonbashi station / 5 minutes from Yaesu Exit of Tokyo Station
- Hours: Pokémon Center: 10:30am – 9:00pm, Pokémon Cafe: 10:30am – 8:00pm
4. Pokémon Center SHIBUYA
The Pokémon Center in Shibuya is located within the popular Shibuya Parco shopping center, a busy shopping center in the middle of Tokyo.
It’s one of the newest Pokémon Centers to be opened and features some never-seen-before technology showcasing Pokémon in a variety of immersive and intriguing ways.
The biggest display attraction would have to be the giant Mewtwo which sits inside an incubation pillar right in the middle of the store.
If you’re visiting Shibuya, definitely make time to explore the Pokémon Center in Shibuya Parco!
- Address: Pokémon Center SHIBUYA
- Access: 5 minutes from Shibuya Station.
- Hours: 11:00am – 8:00pm
5. Pokémon Center TOKYO BAY
This particular Pokémon Center is actually located in Chiba Prefecture, however, its location can be easily reached from Tokyo for a day trip.
The Pokémon Center in TOKYO BAY highlights Pikachu as its icon, alongside the starter Pokémon of the Pokémon Sun and Moon: Popplio, Litten, and Rowlet.
You can purchase super cute plush toys, popular video games, and other memorabilia here. It also boasts an arcade game called Pokémon Ga-Ole within the store itself.
If you’re into trading cards, there is a Pokémon Trading Card Station right next to the store, and you’ll see many enthusiastic card trading fans playing here.
- Address: Pokémon Center TOKYO BAY
- Access: 5 minute walk from Minami-Funabashi Station
- Hours: 10:00 – 8:00pm (Mon-Fri), 10:00am – 9:00pm (Sat-Sun)
6. Pokémon Store Tokyo Station
Last but definitely not least, we’re highlighting the one and only Pokémon Store in Tokyo. This Pokémon Store is located within Tokyo Station, along the Tokyo Character Street.
Whilst this store is nowhere near as big as the previously mentioned Pokémon Centers, it’s still worth a visit!
Its best feature would be the Pikachu statue in the middle of the store, dressed up like an adorable station staff member. You can also purchase a plush toy of Pikachu dressed up as a station member here as well!
This is an easy location to get to within one of the busiest shopping centers in Tokyo, so if you’ve missed your chance at the other Centers, drop by this conveniently located one instead.
- Address: Pokémon Store Tokyo Station
- Access: Located at Tokyo Character Street, Yaesu North Exit of Tokyo Station
- Hours: 10:00am – 8:30pm
So, how many of these Pokémon stores will you be ticking off? One … or all six?
We guarantee that you’ll have your arms filled with adorable Pokémon plush toys faster than you can say “I wanna be, the very best …”
We hope that when you visit these stores, you’ll get to live out your childhood dream as a Pokémon trainer, ready for an epic adventure!
If you are into other Japanese animes, feel free to also read our selection of the best anime in real-life spots in Japan!