There is no debate when we say that Pokémon Go is taking over Singapore. Originating from Japan, the Pokémon franchise has been a big market even before the mobile phone game dropped. Catering to the fans, Japan is home to more than 20 official Pokémon shops, carrying unique merchandises. For Airfrov travellers heading to the land of rising sun, check out the tips on catching them all in Japan!
Official Pokémon Shops
There are 11 Pokémon Centers, as well as 11 Pokémon Stores across Japan. While both carry official Pokémon merchandises, Pokémon Centers are a lot bigger than Pokémon Stores.
The Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo located in Ikebukuro is the largest of its kind amongst the 11 centers. Regularly featuring Mega Tokyo-only merchandises, it is not surprising to see long queues in front of the center. One of the biggest attractions in Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo is the large Pokémon statues in the shop. A Pikachu on top of a Charizard Y, a standalone Charizard X, Lucario or Mewtwo? All check.
Pokémon Stores however, are smaller in scale but are usually located conveniently in Japanese airports. You can grab last minute Pokémon merchandises before flying home from Narita, Kansai, Chubu and New Chitose airport! Airport Pokémon stores carry region-specific Pokémon merchandises, especially the cute Pikachu plushies clad in air stewardess wear!
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Visiting any official Pokémon shops during your birthday month? Remember to head to the counter with your passport! You are entitled to birthday gifts such as unique Pokémon birthday hat, birthday card, discount coupon as well as a special Pokémon for your Pokémon game on NDS. We do hope that they will extend this special Pokémon for Pokémon Go soon!
Are you looking to add to your Pokémon collection?
A must-get at the official Pokémon shops is the Pokémon medals.
Featuring different Pokémons on the medals, the ones with the center’s name are the collectible items for fans. Region-specific medals are resold on auction sites for as much as 10 times the price. This is especially so for the centers and stores out of the major cities such as Oita, Toyama and Shizuoka.
Also, starting August 20th, the 6th installment of “Monthly Paired Pikachu” (2600yen) will be on sale. In matching yukatas, the Pikachus are going for moon-viewing under the autumn breeze!
Moreover, the Halloween Pokémons will be on sale in all the official Pokémon shops starting September 3rd. Prices range from 400 yen to 3000 yen for goodies such as Pirate Eevee plushie, Joker Pikachu keychain, and Halloween Pikachu shirts (S/M/L sizes only).
Our all-time favourite have got to be the Pikachu poncho series:
Do not miss out on the chance to grab limited edition Pokémon merchandises! You can get all these exclusive items from the convenience of your room. You just need to put up a request like what our Airfrov users did, and a traveller in Japan will help you bring it back!
Here’s how it works:
1) Post a request with what you want to buy or click on “+” button to copy requests
2) A traveller will offer to help you buy
3) If you’re agreeable to the offer price and return date, place a deposit
(your payment will be held securely with Airfrov until traveller returns)
4) Wait for traveller to return with your goodies!