Where players and fans are sure to always find their favorite Pokémon
“Pokémon Centers” are official shops – created in the real world to replicate their virtual presence – where Pokémon game players can gather information and where battle-fatigued Pokémon can recover their strength. The Pokémon Centers, which are located both in Japan and abroad, attract large numbers of visitors not only because here players can get the latest information about everything game-related, but also because fans can purchase original Pokémon merchandise sold nowhere else. As every official shop maintains an abundant product lineup, players and fans alike are sure to find their favorite Pokémon item. We also operate Pokémon Stores, our souvenir shops in international airports and popular tourist spots, “Pokémon Center Online” for Internet shopping, and Pokémon Cafes which offer a menu that faithfully recreates the world of Pokémon.
About Pokémon Centers - Japan
The Pokémon Center is a specialist store for 100% Official Pokémon goods, and can be found in many locations across Japan - Sapporo, Tohoku (Sendai), Tokyo, Tokyo-Bay (Chiba), Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kyoto and many others. The wide range of original Pokémon Center goods are the most popular items found at the Pokémon Center. If you want Pokémon goods, you know the Pokémon Center is the place to go!
Pokémon Company History
Originally named "POKEMON CENTER Co., Ltd." and founded in 1998, The Pokémon Company was established through joint investment by the three businesses holding the copyright on Pokémon: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc. The company name was changed to its present iteration in October 2000. Since then, our business activities have expanded to overall management of the Pokémon brand.
Apr : POKEMON CENTER Co., Ltd. is established in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. (Capital: 60 million yen)
Apr : Pokémon Center Tokyo is established in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
Nov : Pokémon Center Osaka is established in Umeda, Osaka.
Sep : Capital is increased to ¥240 million.
Oct : Company name changes to The Pokémon Company. Game-related business begins.
Dec : License-related business begins.
Feb : Overseas affiliate Pokémon USA, Inc. (now The Pokémon Company International) is established in Delaware, U.S.A.
Feb : Capital is increased to ¥360 million.
May : Capital is increased to ¥361.8 million.
Jun : Capital is increased to ¥365.4 million.
Jul : Mobile phone website Pokémon Hiroba is launched.
Oct : Pokémon Center Nagoya is established in Sakae, Nagoya.
Nov : The Official Pokémon website is launched.
Mar : Representative office is established in London, England.
Nov : Pokémon Center Fukuoka is established in Hakata, Fukuoka.
Jan : Pokémon Daisuki Club is launched.
Mar : Pokémon Center Yokohama is established in Minato Mirai, Yokohama.
Aug : Overseas affiliate Pokémon Korea, Inc., is established in Seoul, Korea.
Jul : Pokémon Center Tokyo is remodeled and reopened.
Mar : Pokémon Center Sapporo is established in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
Apr : Pokémon Communications Company, an affiliate, is established.
Nov : Pokémon Center Osaka is remodeled and reopened in Umeda, Osaka.
Mar : Pokémon Center Fukuoka is remodeled and reopened in Hakata-eki, Fukuoka.
Aug : Pokémon Center Tokyo Co., Ltd.(now Pokémon Center Co., Ltd.), an affiliate, is established.
Dec : Pokémon Center Tohoku is established in Sendai, Miyagi.
Mar : Pokémon Center Nagoya is remodeled and reopened in Sakae, Nagoya.
Nov : Pokémon Center TOKYO-BAY is established in Funabashi, Chiba.
Dec : Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO is remodeled and reopened in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
Jun : Pokémon Center Hiroshima is established in Kamiyacho, Hiroshima.
Mar : Pokémon Center Kyoto is established in Shijo, Kyoto.
Jul : Pokémon Center SKYTREE TOWN is established in Oshiage, Tokyo.
Dec : Pokémon Center Sapporo is remodeled and reopened in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
Mar : Pokémon Communications Company is merged.
Mar : Pokémon Center Tokyo DX and Café are opened in Nihombashi Takashimaya.
Nov : Pokémon Center Yokohama opens in Marui City mall.
Mar : Pokémon Center Kyoto opens in SUINA Muromachi mall.
Apr : Pokémon Center Singapore officially becomes the first Center to open permanently outside of Japan.
Sept : Pokémon Center Osaka DX and Café opens.
Nov : Pokémon Center Shibuya opens.
Nov : Pokémon Center Kanazawa opens for first time.