Pokemon attractions coming to Universal Studios Japan

Olivia Richman • October 6, 17:24

Pokemon attractions are coming to Universal Studios Japan.

Universal Studios dropped a press release about the unique collaboration. The two companies have a “long-term partnership” starting in 2022, bringing Pokemon attractions to the Universal Studios theme park in Osaka, Japan. The press release didn’t mention any specific rides or experiences, but fans can expect something creative and immersive.

“Pokemon is beloved by fans around the world,” Universal Studios Japan CEO J.L. Bonnier said. “We are honored to have a long-term partnership with The Pokémon Company while developing groundbreaking Pokémon entertainment at Universal Studios Japan for both Pokémon fans and our guests.”

For now, Pokemon fans will have to wait for more information on the one-of-a-kind location.

Pokemon in Universal Studios Japan follows Super Nintendo World

This wouldn’t be the first time that Japanese Pokemon fans were able to experience Pocket Monsters in real life. Pokemon Wonder, announced in July 2021, aims to bring Pokemon GO to the real world.

A 48,000 square foot forest within the Yomiuriland amusement park in Tokyo was transformed into a Pokemon wildlife adventure after being untouched land for 20 years. The “nature adventure” has Pokemon fans exploring the forest while looking for hand-made Pokemon hidden throughout.

Pokemon Wonder was opened Saturday, July 17 is continuing through April 3, 2022. 

Before working with The Pokemon Company, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka also has the Super Nintendo World attraction which is currently open for visitors. Super Nintendo World boasts a number of Super Mario-themed attractions and an abundance of exclusive Nintendo merch. This includes everything from life-size Bowser and Pirahna Plant statues to a Mario Kart ride.

No exact opening date was announced for the Pokemon park at Universal Studios Japan, but construction must be well underway if it’s expected to open in 2022. It’s anyone’s guess what might end up in the Pokemon world, but if Super Nintendo Land is any indication, it should be something special.

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