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Pokémon Wonder experience opening at Japan’s Yomiuriland

The Pokémon Company has teamed up with Yomiuriland on a real-life Pokémon experience called Pokémon Wonder in Tokyo, Japan.

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The Pokémon Company has partnered with Yomiuriland, Tokyo’s largest amusement park, to create a nature-driven attraction in Japan where visitors search for Pokémon.

Pokémon Wonder is an ‘amusement park’ covering 48,000 square feet of untouched forest behind Yomiuriland. It is brimming with 50 Pokémon hidden across two courses – ‘Ancient Stone Wall’ and ‘Whispering Bamboo Grove’.

Visitors will search for the hidden creatures as Pokémon researchers for 90 minutes, tasked with hunting down and finding out which Pokémon inhabit the forest. The attraction’s Pokémon are made from items such as leaves and acorns.

Pokémon Wonder, which bills itself as a ‘nature adventure’, is a ticketed event that starts on July 17 and runs until April 3, 2022 (via Kotaku). Six visitors will be allowed on the courses at any one time.

Pokémon hidden across forest at Yomiuriland

Pokémon Wonder follows the launch of popular mobile game Pokémon GO. In November, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) teamed up with AR company Niantic to promote tourism offerings through Pokémon GO.

“As they pursue their favorite Pokémon across Singapore, we hope players will explore our precincts, discover hidden gems, and support local business,” said Lim Shoo Ling, brand director at STB.

Pokémon Virtual Fest, an unfinished virtual theme park, took place last year in Japan. Users had the full theme park experience, with attractions, live events and shops.

Warner Bros and Niantic, the makers of Pokémon GO, previously partnered on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite – an augmented reality mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Images: Pokémon Wonder

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A journalist specialising in entertainment and attractions, Bea loves theme parks (mainly Disney) and is particularly interested in things of a gothic, horror or fantasy nature.

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