fbpx Yokohama's Pikachu Outbreak 2018 is Coming to Town

The fifth annual Pikachu Outbreak will be held this year on August 10th through the 16th. This year’s theme is “Science is Amazing!” The event will be in multiple locations around Yokohama. Last year’s event was the first to officially incorporate Pokémon GO, and there was a special sign-up only event catering to players. However, this year there is no affiliated Pokémon GO event due to safety concerns.

A view of last year’s event at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.

Each day of the festival, there will be multiple performances in various locations around Yokohama. The performances are punctuated with dancers in Pikachu costumes. There will also be Eevee sightings and performances, which may coincide with the Eevee event in Pokémon GO that is going on the same weekend as Pikachu Outbreak.

The official site claims 1500 Pikachus will be milling about. They can break into dance at anytime, so there’s a chance to see some action outside of the official performance times.

Last year, the typhoon affected the performance schedules resulting in cancellations on the last few days. If you plan on attending be sure to get in as soon as possible in case of cancellations due to extreme weather.

Larger than life Pikachu.

Locations of Pikachu Outbreak

  • Queens Square Yokohama
  • Nippon Maru Memorial Park
  • MARK IS minatomirai
  • Minatomirai Line Minatomirai Station
  • Shinko Central Plaza
  • Pokémon Center Yokohama
  • Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
  • JR Sakuragicho Station, Sakuragicho Station Square
  • Yokohama Cosmoworld

You can find the 1500 Pikachus spread out around these locations in Yokohama.

Vending machines near the event.

Event breakdown:

Pikachu Parade: every day at 11:30, 13:30, and 15:30 in Queen’s Square Yokohama, twice every night in MARK IS minatomirai.

Eevee Parade: every day at 15:00, 16:30, and 18:00 in Shinko Central Plaza near Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.

Super Soaking Splash Show: every day at 14:30 and 16:00, and every night at 18:30 and 19:30 in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.

Pikachu Boat Greeting: every day at 15:30 and 17:00 in the Minato Mirai port area.

Pokémon Synchronicity: Every night at 20:00 in the Minato Mirai port area near the Nippon Maru Memorial Park lawn space.

Even the event staff have Pikachu themed clothes.

Pokémon Synchronicity is a secret event and the first ever after-dark performance of any previous Pikachu Outbreaks. It will feature Pikachus in light-up costumes. Costumes upon costumes. Pokémon Synchronicity will feature a digital spectacle, also a first, using technology from Rhizomatiks and WOW!

Join in on all the festivities and get your Pikachu fix.


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