Is it worth visiting Japan’s Pokémon Center in 2023? A stationery lover’s guide

Is it worth visiting Japan’s Pokémon Center in 2023? A stationery lover’s guide

Japan’s stationery game is on a whole other level: no matter what kind of store you enter there’s bound to be at least a small selection of goods from legendary brands like Sailor, Zebra, Hobonichi or Kokuyo. If you’re a stationery lover and a Pokémon enthusiast, Japan's Pokémon Center might be on your radar as a must-visit destination. But is it all that it’s cracked up to be?

Whether you're a seasoned fan or a curious traveler, the Pokémon Center offers an immersive experience that combines the whimsical and nostalgic world of Pokémon with a treasure trove of adorable merchandise. In this blog post, we'll explore whether or not visiting Japan's Pokémon Center in 2023 is a worthwhile experience for stationery enthusiasts, highlighting the unique offerings each store has to offer.

Which one should you go to anyway?

The Pokémon Center in Japan is the ultimate pilgrimage site for die-hard Pokémon fans. As the birthplace of Pokémon, Japan takes pride in hosting numerous Pokémon Centers throughout the country – 16 to be exact. These centers are filled to the brim with exclusive merchandise, ranging from adorable plush toys to rare collectibles. If you want your stationery collection to look more like a Pokedex it might be worth taking a visit. To get a better idea of what the stores in Tokyo and Osaka have to offer, take a look at my walkthrough guide below.

Discover Exclusive Stationery Collections

For stationery lovers, the Pokémon Center offers a delightful array of unique and exclusive products. From themed notebooks and pens to stickers and washi tapes, you'll find an incredible selection of stationery items adorned with iconic Pokémon designs. The attention to detail and quality of these products make them highly sought after among collectors and enthusiasts alike. My personal favorite was this Pikachu highlighter: as you tilt it, Pikachu moves up and down inside the fluid. So, if you're looking to add some Pokémon-inspired flair to your stationery collection, the Pokémon Center is the perfect place to shop.

A Pikachu highlighter where he moves in the fluid! So unique and innovative.

Limited Edition Releases

One of the most exciting aspects of visiting Japan's Pokémon Center is the chance to get your hands on limited edition stationery items. These special releases are often tied to specific events, anniversaries, or collaborations, making them highly collectible and exclusive. By visiting the Pokémon Center in 2023, you'll have the opportunity to be among the first to discover and own these unique stationery pieces, creating a sense of excitement and satisfaction that only comes with such rare finds. 

Washi tape for journaling featuring Torchic and Shaymin

Explore Multiple Pokémon Centers

While the Pokémon Center in Shibuya is the flagship location, Japan is home to several other centers spread across the country. Each center has its own unique themes and exclusive merchandise, making it worth considering a tour to visit multiple locations. You may also find that certain items are out of stock in the busier locations so it is always worth taking a look around. Whether you're in Osaka, Yokohama, or Sapporo, you'll find Pokémon Centers waiting to be explored, each offering a distinct experience and stationery selection. I’ve curated a Google Maps Guide that should allow you to easily locate the nearest store and provide some assistance on navigating there.

This Galarian Rapidash highlighter wasn't available in Shibuya, but it was in stock at the Osaka location.

Yes, it's definitely worth it.

For stationery enthusiasts and Pokémon fans alike, visiting Japan's Pokémon Center in 2023 is an adventure not to be missed. Immerse yourself in the magical world of Pokémon, discover exclusive and limited edition stationery items, and explore the rich variety of products that cater to every stationery lover's taste. Whether you're seeking to add unique pieces to your collection or simply indulge in your love for Pokémon, the Pokémon Center is a destination that promises joy, excitement, and an unforgettable experience for all. Start planning your trip now and get ready to embark on a stationery lover's dream come true!

Pikachu notebooks! So very cute.

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