My visits to Tokyo usually include a trip to the Pokemon store (officially titled "Pokemon Center Tokyo"). I like the original Gameboy games a lot, my kids loved the card game (this has waned a little recently) and they have a healthy interest in the Pokemon merchandise.
The Tokyo store opened in 1998. It used to be based close to Nihonbashi; just a short walk from the Yaesu exit of Tokyo Station.
This shot was taken in 2004.
In 2005 the store was remodeled and got a new front.
30 minutes waiting line – before you can enter the store.
Here’s the line, opposite the store.
Got to buy them all.
In 2009 I returned to the store after a hiatus of some years. Took the familiar walk from Tokyo station, to discover to my shock that there was no smiling Pikachu awaiting. Just an ugly gray role shutter.
I first though they had gone out of business (but found it hard to believe this license to print money had ran that much out of steam), but luckily there was a sign posted with directions to the new location.
I was so disoriented when I found the store had moved that I forgot to take a picture. This one I stole from Google Maps street view.
The new store pictured here is located near JR Hamamatsu-cho station, which is on the Yamanote line, three stops from Tokyo (when going clock-wise)
More info can be found here.
In general, Tokyo is no stranger to shops closing or moving. It’s always good to check in advance if anything has changed between visits!