Pokémon is heading to Universal Studios Japan in 2022

Universal Studios Japan and the Pokémon Company have announced a creative alliance that will develop new interactive entertainment combining innovative technology and creativity.

The partnership will bring the real and virtual worlds together to create a new, revolutionary theme park experience.


The long-term partnership will jointly explore groundbreaking entertainment that will immerse guests into the world of Pokémon with innovative technology and creativity, beginning in 2022.

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It is not yet known if or when Pokémon will come to Universal Orlando Resort.

In a news release, Universal Studios Japan President and CEO J.L. Bonnier said:

“Pokémon is beloved by fans around the world. We are honored to have a long-term partnership with The Pokémon Company while developing groundbreaking Pokémon entertainment at Universal Studios Japan for both Pokémon fans and our guests. The globally popular Pokémon characters combined with Universal’s innovative approach to creating authentic and one-of-a-kind theme park entertainment promise excitement for the entire family. Our efforts to develop new guest experiences will continue to help reinvigorate the tourism market.”

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The Pokémon Company President and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara said in the news release:

“The incredible team at Universal Studios Japan have the creative vision and leading expertise in world-class theme park technology to imagine a uniquely Pokémon experience. For 25 years, Pokémon has curated a legacy of trendsetting innovation while becoming one of the most beloved entertainment brands in the world through video games, animation, and more. This strategic alliance with Universal Studios Japan reflects our commitment to continue delivering the joy of Pokémon in ever evolving ways for years to come. We are looking forward to the day when we can welcome fans from around the world to all enjoy it together.”

In addition to its partnership with The Pokémon company, Universal Studios Japan also recently announced that a Donkey Kong-themed area will open in Super Nintendo World in Japan and include a new roller coaster.

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.