How to order from Pokémon Center Japan and ship internationally?
Pokémon is one of Japan’s biggest exports. The wildly popular tv show, video games, trading card game and merchandise has crossed from generation to generation. With millions of fans of nearly all ages, Pokémon has brought its famed Pokémon Centers to life, and rather than healing your battle-weary Pokémon they’re here to help you get your hands on the very best Pokémon goodies available.
While there have been pop-ups in places like London, the only place you’ll find a permanent Pokémon Center is Japan, and that can make it tricky to order from. We’re going to run you through everything you need to know about the Japanese Pokémon Centers and then help you understand how you can shop on Japanese online stores with your own Japanese shipping address.
What is Pokémon Center Online Japan?
Pokémon Center Japan is a collection of Pokémon exclusive shops. The Pokémon Center Japan has physical stores all over Japan, like Tokyo and Kyoto, plus a Pokémon Center Online that you can access through their own site or Amazon.co.jp.
The Pokémon Center Online Japan is known for its unrivalled collection of Pokémon memorabilia and merchandise. Every item they sell is completely official and the shops themselves are run by The Pokémon Company. Japanese stores stock items you won’t find anywhere else alongside Japanese Pokémon Cards, the Pokémon Manga, figurines, Pokémon plush toys and literally anything else you can imagine.
Want a sleeping Pikachu collection for your child for instance? They’ve had that as a limited edition from the Pokémon Center Japan.
How do I order from Pokémon Center in Japan?
Unfortunately, even the online Pokémon Center in Japan doesn’t ship overseas. But that’s where we come in! We can act as a proxy service and re-ship any items you want to order online in Japan, whether it’s from the Pokémon Center, Japanese Kit Kats from Amazon.co.jp or the extensive collection of stores on Rakuten.
Shopping online at the Pokémon Center Japan is easy once you’ve got your very own Japan forwarding address.
- Step 1: Register for your free shipping address on forward2me
- Step 3: Shop as normal Find your favourite Pokémon merchandise and just add it to your basket. Whether it’s the latest card releases or a pikachu plush. You’ll need to translate the page, and some aspects of the site may not translate.
- Step 4: Use your Japan shipping address at checkout
- Step 5: We receive your order At this point you’ll receive a notification from us and you’ll have a couple of options. We can hold your order for free for up to 30 days if you want to consolidate a number of packages, or else you’re ready to ship it on.
- Step 6: Choose your courier & pay your shipping costs Just select the courier options you want to use, pay your fees and we’ll get your items shipped to you
- Step 7: Receive your Pokémon package
How many Pokémon Centers are there in Japan?
There are currently 15 different Pokémon Centers in Japan. These are split across different cities and shopping centers.
There have been other stores that have either been temporary pop-ups or else have closed down. The current list of Pokémon Centers in Japan is:
- Osaka DX
- Skytree Town
- Mega Tokyo
- Tokyo DX
- Tokyo Bay
Some of these locations also include a Pokémon Cafe and each has its own unique mascot and emblem.
Where are all the Pokémon Centres?
In addition to these Japanese Pokémon Centers there are also a number in other countries. Some of these are only temporary pop-ups. These international Pokémon Centers include:
- Singapore airport
- New York - inside Nintendo World
- Seattle - Kiosk
- Washington - Kiosk
- London - pop-up
There is also an America Pokémon Center online that offers a much more limited range of Pokémon merchandise.
Does Pokémon Center Japan's online store ship internationally?
Does Pokémon Center Japan ship to the US or internationally? Unfortunately, the Japanese Pokémon Center doesn’t ship overseas, but that’s where we come in.
You can use a Japanese forwarding address to ship your Pokémon merchandise all around the world, including the US.
Are credit cards accepted at the Pokémon center online Japan?
Unfortunately the Japanese Pokémon Center may not accept credit or debit cards that have been registered abroad.
You may have success with American Express or Visa and some other credit cards can be accepted.
You should be able to use your credit card on the Amazon.co.jp Pokémon Store.