One of Lauren’s requests (more like demand) during our trip to Osaka was a visit to the Pokemon Center. The Pokemon Center is located at the 13th floor of Daimaru Department Store in Umeda, Osaka. There are other Pokemon Centers located in Japan but this was the only one in Osaka which opened in 2010.
When Lauren got to the Pokemon Center, she was overwhelmed with the amount that she was frozen for a moment. After that moment of hesitation, she went flying around the store looking at literally every single item they had for sale. I think it took her almost an hour to finally decide on what she wanted to buy with the money she had allotted for the visit.
School supplies galore, pencils,stamps, markers, erasers and a whole lot of bags to put them in.
POKEMON WASHI TAPE! There’s also DecoRush correction tape and other interesting stuff.
Hankies, ballpens and even socks of your favorite Pokemon character.
You can also take home your favorite Pokemon character in stuff toy form (small to large) or as a bag charm.
They also have quite a selection of Pokemon themed food like cookies, candies, marshmallows and even curry and furikake (Japanese rice condiment). I had to stop myself from getting some food because they were too cute.
Lauren was contemplating getting these Pokemon golf balls for her Grandfather but felt he was just going to e displaying them instead of playing the bright yellow dimpled balls.
We were lucky to see Pikachu and Chespin in the flesh. Lauren felt she was too old to go pose and play around with the mascots so I just took a photo of them. Younger children will definitely get a kick out of them like these two above.
Lauren skipped the Pokemon electronic card games because it was all in Japanese and she won’t be able to play anymore when she comes home. Gashapon machines were also aplenty and all contained only Pokemon related items.
Someone finally finished shopping and with a giant satisfied smile on her face. She was clutching that bag with her Pokemon souvenirs the whole time and even kept the plastic bag.
We saw this booth that was redemption/lucky draw booth which you can participate in with every purchase. Roll the “tambyolo” (lottery drum) and a specific prize came out. So Lauren went home with a few more Pokemon items like a plastic pencil case and stickers.
Not a Pokemon lover then you might be interested in the Tomica Shop and PlaRail Shop located beside it. I remember having some PlaRail trains when I was younger but did not know their merchandise extended to clothing also.
Lauren was super happy with her trip to the Pokemon Center. Parents with children crazy about Pokemon should definitely put this on their itinerary when visiting Osaka.I used to play Pokemon too years before when there was only 150 of them to collect but I lost count after 600. After indulging the children, you can go down the escalators and go browse at Tokyo Hands.