Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Pokémon gym opening in Japan in November

Someone must be working on a genetically engineered Pikachu, right?

Posted on

Nintendo

The line separating the real world from the Pokémon world continues to blur, as an actual Pokémon gym will be opening up in Japan next month.

As Siliconera noted via Japanese site Inside Games, a “Pokémon Expo Gym” will be opening in Osaka, Japan on Nov. 19. . The facility is intended to let attendees participate in different activities, learn some Pokémon tips, and even be rewarded for their gym progress in your Pokémon X, Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby video games.

A mobile app will also be available to track attendees’ progress at the gym. The gym’s official website includes a look at some of the expected attractions at the gym, including some themed around Charizard, Machamp, and Lucario. And though it’s not set up for this explicit purpose, the gym will surely be a hotspot for real-world battles once the Pokémon GO mobile game releases. So if you’re looking to be the very best like no one ever was, a Pokémon gym looks like a good place to start.