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Pokemon Street Lights in Kyoto

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Now I need to start by saying I haven’t ever played Pokemon Go but have friends that do and my husband even created an account to play a few times while we were in Japan.   But it was obvious from the moment we arrived in Tokyo that Pokemon Go was really popular. 

In Tokyo, we stayed a short walk from Shinjuku Station.  We found a Pokemon Go area just outside the station.  We walked by this area a few times and people where there playing each time.

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After some time in Tokyo, we headed to Kyoto.  We arrived late in the afternoon, found our hotel and went out for a walk.  Not far from our hotel we started to find Pokemon lights attached to the street lights.

So why are there Pokemon lights attached to the street lights?  Well, in 2016 a new Pokemon Centre opened in Kyoto.  Now I didn’t realise this while we were in Kyoto, so we didn’t get to the centre.  Apparently, the street lights were installed to celebrate the opening of the centre.

I must admit, I had a few strange looks as I walked from light post to light post taking photos of each light.  

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Night time photos were taken with a Nikon Z7 with 35mm prime lens, hand held with no flash.

I really didn’t take much notice of the whole phenomenon for the rest of our trip, well that was until we arrived back at Narita Airport for our flight home.  We couldn’t escape Pokemon there either.

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Are you planning a trip to Japan?  A day trip to Hiroshima is a must.

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Pokemon Street Lights in Kyoto

Pokemon has been a craze all over the world but it wasn\'t until we arrived in Kyoto, I realised just how popular it really was with Pokemon street lights.

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    Amanda
    December 7, 2019

    Oh this is amazing! I’m going to Japan next year, will definitely check this out!

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Amanda
      December 7, 2019

      While I’m not into Pokemon, they are pretty cool Amanda.

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    Tania Muthusamy
    December 7, 2019

    I can’t believe the Pokemon craze there. The characters are cute. My son used to love it.

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Tania Muthusamy
      December 7, 2019

      It’s definitely a huge phenomenon. We saw some people with two and three mobile phones playing.

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    Fiona mai
    December 8, 2019

    Pokemon Go was super popular in my country some time ago, too. While I can never understand people who are addicted to this game, I must admit that those Pokemon street lights look kinda cute.

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Fiona mai
      December 8, 2019

      I’m so much like you Fiona, just couldn’t understand playing the game but I loved the lights.

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    Emma
    December 8, 2019

    How much fun is this? I don’t really know much about pokemon but it’s certainly unique to have these lights. I’d be taking pictures too!

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Emma
      December 8, 2019

      Glad I’m not the only one Emma lol.

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    Navigation Junkie
    December 8, 2019

    That’s awesome! I will admit I played pokemon Go briefly when it was released, a little bit of nostalgia. My daughter would absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Navigation Junkie
      December 8, 2019

      It was a bit of fun to find the lights and hubby had some fun playing the game a bit while we were there. A bit of nostalgia is always good!

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    Elsa
    December 8, 2019

    It’s pokemon everywhere..i hope you enjoyed every minute of it.

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Elsa
      December 8, 2019

      Definitely everywhere Elsa. It was fun though.

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    Justine jenkins
    December 8, 2019

    This is so cool! I’m a big fan of Pokemon (and Pokemon Go) and Japan is such a bucket list destination for myself and my husband. But I had no idea about these Pokemon lights – how cool! We will definitely be on the lookout for them when we visit ourselves 🙂

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Justine jenkins
      December 9, 2019

      They are definitely fun to see Justine. Japan is beautiful.

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    Mona
    December 9, 2019

    I love learning about the quirky things about Japan. Truly such a unique place

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Mona
      December 9, 2019

      It definitely has some unique things Mona.

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    Patti Morrow
    December 9, 2019

    Haha! That is so quirky! It’s so much fun to find unexpected sights in other countries!

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Patti Morrow
      December 9, 2019

      The quirky things were one of the reasons we love Japan so much Patti. It’s so much fun.

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    Josefine
    December 9, 2019

    Japan is so unique! I can’t believe they have Pokemon street lights. Another great reason to go visit! 😀

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Josefine
      December 9, 2019

      So random and so much fun Josefine.

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