Do you love Pokemon and being outside? Have you ever wished you could leave everything behind to go on a Pokemon adventure? Do you wonder what it would be like to wander around through the countryside, encountering wild Pokemon and enjoying the view? Well, Pokemon Wonder is exactly for people like you! It's a long-term pop-up attraction at the Tokyo amusement park Yomiuriland, just 35 minutes from JR Shinjuku Station on the Odakyu Line. But unlike the rest of the park, there are no rides and water slides in Pokemon Wonder.
Pokemon Wonder is quite the opposite, actually. It's a huge area of nature, 4500 square meters to be exact (that’s almost 50,000 square feet!), full of “wild” Pokemon for you to discover! And besides the Pokemon, the area itself is absolutely beautiful. With serene forests, beautiful bamboo, and open grassy fields to discover, Pokemon Wonder really lets you get away from everything and have a new adventure.
Check out the teaser video for the experience here - you can see them constructing a metapod!
Pokemon Wonder Teaser
Pokemon Wonder, Yomiuriland, Tokyo
|Location|| Address |
4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo 206-8566
Nearest train line(s)
|Cost of Admission||¥1,800 (adult general ticket), ¥1,000 (child general ticket), + ¥4,900 (adult Pokemon Wonder ticket), ¥1,800 (child Pokemon Wonder ticket)|
|Hours of Operation|| Time and days|
July 17th, 2021 - April 3rd, 2022, Weekdays 10 am - 5 pm, Weekends 9 am - 6 pm
|Official Website||https://wonder.pokemon.jp/ (Japanese only)|
Pokemon Wonder is no ordinary experience. When you enter, you are cast into the role of a research member for Professor Kureso, who along with Pikachu gives you a mission to go out into the field and discover as many Pokemon as you can. If you are imagining some kind of VR walk-through or animatronic ride, though, you couldn’t be further from the truth. The Pokemon you can find in Pokemon Wonder are small statues and figures made from natural resources, most of which are well-hidden in parts of the environment that they are naturally suited to. It's more like a huge scavenger hunt! And it's not going to be an easy one, which is part of the fun.
The first part of Pokemon Wonder is the Wonder Field. It's a space that has been left to be retaken by nature for the last 20 years, and it's certainly a breath of fresh air compared to urban Tokyo. Wonder Field is a huge green area of open field lands with surprise Pokemon hidden and scattered throughout it. After Wonder Field, you can choose to embark towards the Whispering Bamboo Forest or the Ancient Stone Walls. Throughout the journey, you need to keep your eyes open for the concealed Pokemon that you may encounter along the way.
Pokemon Wonder’s goal is to allow people to experience Pokemon and the beauty of nature at the same time. It also is meant to give people the chance to see Pokemon that are not drawings, toys, or CGI. All of the Pokemon that you can find in Pokemon Wonder are made out of something natural, which makes it a one-of-a-kind attraction for Pokemon fans of all ages. Don’t forget to bring along your camera—and your mobile phone, if you want to get a bit of Pokemon Go in while you’re out there.
If you’re worried about other people ruining your Pokemon nature experience, you shouldn’t be. Pokemon Wonder only allows 2 groups of a maximum of six people each inside at one time, and the two groups have to go their separate ways after the Wonder Field. That means you don’t have to worry about other people photobombing your best shots, or crowding you at any point. You can stay for a maximum of 90 minutes, so be sure to do as much as you can in that time frame!
Because Pokemon Wonder is located inside of Yomiuriland, you need a ticket for both the amusement park as well as the Pokemon Wonder area. For Pokemon Wonder, it's better to reserve your spot in advance. Since admission is so limited and very few people can go each day, you do not want to get there and then not be able to have the experience, especially if you are planning to go on a weekend or holiday. You can make a reservation in advance from the official websites, and groups of more than 3 people can get a discount on the admission price. So grab five of your friends and head on out!
Pokemon Wonder really lets us have a glimpse at what it might be like to really live in the world of Pokemon. Sure, there are no trainer battles and the Pokemon are not moving. But there’s something special about being out in nature and finding these cleverly hidden, handcrafted Pokemon out there waiting for you. It's certainly not your average otaku experience, and maybe that is exactly what we need right now—to unplug and get away for a little bit, while still being nerds.
Would you like to go to Pokemon Wonder? Are you planning to go? What Pokemon would you hope to find? Would you like to see more otaku hotspots like this? Do you think it's worth the price? Drop us your comments and questions below!