Gotta See ‘Em All! A Guide to the Pokémon Regions and Landmarks You Can Visit on Vacation

In addition to encouraging reading, math, and strategy skills, Pokemon can also be a tool to introduce your children to countries worldwide.

If you're looking to plan a vacation to a destination that the whole family will enjoy, here are Pokemon regions and landmarks that you can visit IRL.

Tokyo Metropolis

It's no surprise that the capital of Japan influenced the two most bustling cities in the games, Celadon and Saffron City.

Tokyo is also home to the first and largest Pokémon Center retail store, where shoppers can purchase Poké merchandise you can't find at home, like stuffed animals, clothing, and everything in between.

Mount Akagi

Mt. Moon is where players go to catch a Clefairy and battle Team Rocket, but Mount Akagi is an actual mountain in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.

Machida, Tokyo

In the game, players start in Pallet Town, where they choose their first Pokémon. Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon and the current CEO of Game Freak, based Pallett Town on his hometown of Machida.


Osaka was the inspiration for Goldenrod City. It is the largest city in the Johto region and one of the largest cities in the Pokémon world.


It's known as Japan's cultural and historical capital with traditional temples, shrines, gardens, geisha, shops, historical-style restaurants, and festivals. Ecruteak City is based on Kyoto.

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