Visiting the Pokemon Center

On our last day in Japan during our winter holiday, my son and I made it a point to visit the Pokemon Centre in Osaka, Japan.

This was by no means our first visit there. We, of course, lived in Kobe for many years and the Pokemon Centre in Osaka was always a hop, skip and a jump away.
The Pokemon Center in Osaka is always a special place to visit!
If you are wondering what the Pokemon Centre is…well…it’s simply heaven for any Pokemon fan. You can basically get any piece of merchandise or paraphernalia related to Pokemon that you could ever want or dream of. Pokemon cards, games, phone cases, plushies, clothes, toys, stationery, snacks…you name it, they have it!
The very professional staff asked to take our photo near the New Years display when they saw me asking my son to pose for a photo. That was awesome!
Pikachu himself stopped by for an appearance just before we left!
The Pokemon Centre is located on the 13th floor of Daimaru Department Store. You can access it through JR Osaka Station. It is near the Central Gate. It is open 7 days a week from 10am – 8pm. You can find out more detailed information about directions here.
My son spent almost all of his otoshidama (New Years money from family members) on loads of Pokemon cards and other things. We will be in Beijing for the next few months so he needed to stock up.
After a successful trip to the Pokemon Centre (I’m a huge PokemonGo fan…Go Team Instinct!), we needed up at Kansai Airport in Osaka and were surprised to find a giant Pikachu and a mini-Pokemon Store outlet!
Both of my children (both huge Pokemon fans) got to meet Pikachu at Kanai Airport at the Pokemon store there!
If you are a Pokemon fan or a PokemonGo fan and visiting Osaka, Japan, make sure to stop by the Pokemon Centre in Umeda!

The writer:

Kevin O’Shea is the host of the Just Japan Podcast. He is also the guy behind JustJapanStuff. Kevin is a Canadian educator who lives in Beijing, China with his family. Kevin called Kobe, Japan home for 10 years. 

Follow him on Twitter: @madformaple

Instagram: @jlandkev




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