For Pokemon fans making the pilgrimage to Japan, the Pokemon Center stores are a must-see attraction.
Physical outlets carry some of the most memorable limited edition items on the market. The offering is diverse and encompasses all facets of Pokemon merch, from clothing to plushies to Pokemon TCG cards.
But where are these Pokémon centers? Are there any outside of Japan? And if not, what other options are there for diehard Pokemon fans? Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Center stores.
Where are all the Pokemon Centers located?
Most of the Pokemon Center’s operational locations are in Japan. The only one outside of Japan is located at Changi Airport in Singapore.
There are 16 locations in all, five of which are located in Tokyo. The full list of locations includes:
- Osaka DX
- City of Skytree
- Mega Tokyo
- tokyo bay
Each location has a unique Pokemon logo and signature. These change over time to commemorate different versions. For example, the Yokohama site originally had Pikachu, Turtwig, and Popplio as mascots. Popplio was dropped in favor of Sobble after the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Are there Pokemon Centers in the United States?
The only Pokemon Center site in the United States closed in 2005.
In 2001, the first Pokemon Center outside of Japan opened in New York. In 2005 it closed and reopened as Nintendo World. It was later renamed Nintendo New York and serves as both an outlet and a museum commemorating Nintendo hardware and brands. It dedicates some of the floor space to Pokemon, but also hosts events for major releases on Nintendo platforms.
The Pokemon Center has an online store for the US and Canada that sells exclusive merchandise and offers exclusive offers like special pre-order bonuses for Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
Is there a Pokemon Center in the UK?
There is no physical Pokemon Center location in the UK, but there is a digital store.
A digital storefront has been opened to cater to the UK market in 2021. As in other regions, it offers a variety of exclusive items ranging from clothing to soft toys.
London hosted a temporary location in 2019 to commemorate the launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield. The store had been open for less than a month. There are no publicly announced plans for a permanent location.