Japan Opening Real Life Pokemon Gym

Opening this November In Osaka, Japan is the first real life Pokemon Expo Gym. Not only is it a Pokemon Center store where you can purchase cards, games, and merchandise, but you can interact with Pokemon and learn to be a better trainer through their interactive exhibits.

Areas of the Expo center help teach children communication skills, entertain, and train on all things Pokemon. Featured exhibits include Charizard’s Battle Colosseum, Machamp’s First Aid Center, Zoroark’s Somewhat Sinister Dojo, Pokémon Battle Bowling, Gardevoir’s Control Score, and much more. Rewards for completing training include special and rare Pokemon for generation six games. You can also be digitally inserted in Pokemon Battles and interact and talk with Pokemon.

As an avid Pokemon player, I’ve been dreaming of something like this since I was in 5th grade. But even as an adult, I am still excited for kids to enjoy this opportunity to get close to such cool creatures! This gives me an even bigger excuse to visit Japan. I can only hope you can earn badges to like you can at Pokemon Gyms in the game.

charizard colosseum


The Pokémon EXPO Gym Member’s Card can be pre-ordered starting October 31st and will only be available at the Pokémon Center shop in Osaka. Sanoyas will also launch an app for the Pokémon EXPO Gym so you can track your stats and ranking at the gym.



I hope that this inspires someone somewhere to create a outdoor recreation center centered around Legend of Zelda where you can ride horses, practice archery, maneuver around temples, collect rupees, and get a good exercise while finding a piece of the Triforce. But please… no underwater levels.

temple ruto

There is no course to train you to talk yourself out of this one…

Dany Best

Dany Best

Dany Best is a content contributor to The Hyrule Herald and one of the founding managers.

2 thoughts on “Japan Opening Real Life Pokemon Gym

  • October 26, 2015 at 6:25 am

    It honestly is a little sad that a Pokemon Gym opens up in Japan, and it’s a bunch of anime CGI stuff with some game to play. I’d only go to get the exclusive event Pokemon. I was hoping it’d have shifts where say, every week you’d upload your team and challengers would go in and try to beat it in the game and whoever’s team lost the least was the gym leader for that week. It’d offer something new for the games. Especially if anyone could upload their team.

  • October 28, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Gimme this and Pokemon centers in America and my life would be complete.


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