Tokyo Introduces Pokémon Theme Park, ‘PokéPark KANTO’

Just in case you needed more reasons to travel to Japan, here’s exciting news for Pokémon enthusiasts!

The Pokémon Company has just unveiled their plans to give you the theme park of your dreams. ‘PokéPark KANTO’ will be brought to life within Tokyo’s Yomiuriland, giving you an immersive experience with the mesmerizing Tama Hills serving as the perfect backdrop.

The symbolic value of this choice of location for the theme park is that it traces back to the roots of the Pokémon franchise. This is an homage to the first release of the 1996 Pokémon Red and Green in the Kanto region. This truly establishes a tangible connection between fans and the origin of the franchise.

Photo from Dot Esports

With all that said, it is also worth noting that this isn’t Nintendo’s first attempt in making a Pokémon theme park. Japan initially had its own PokéPark back in 2005, while Taiwan followed suit in 2006. The latter, however, eventually closed due to lack of popularity. Nonetheless, it was mentioned how these previous ventures set a precedent in what not to do for future projects. ‘PokéPark KANTO’ remains a very promising prospect that will bring a magical experience for Pokémon fans worldwide.

Aside from that, Yomiuriland already features the Pokémon Wonder attraction, which is an outdoor adventure amusement park which invites guests to discover 50 different Pokémon characters crafted from acorns and leaves. Sitting on a 4,500 square meter forest, fans have never been in a more suitable place to “Catch ‘Em All!”

Photo from IGN

According to the Pokémon company, PokéPark KANTO is aimed towards creating a space where Pokémon fans worldwide can enjoy something they love that transcends barriers of nationality, region, and language — Pokémon is the only common ground they need in this case. This commitment is aligned with the company’s history of fostering Pokémon communities all around the world.

While no specific date has been announced for the construction of the theme park, fans can still count on the meticulous planning and execution required for projects like this despite the time it may take. Enthusiasts will, at the end of the day, be rewarded as this dream is in its works in turning into reality.

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Ashley Cañete
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