Pokemon Inc. has collaborated with Kagawa Prefecture to create Japan’s first Pokemon-themed hotels.
Slowpoke is the official Pokemon mascot of Kagawa Prefecture.
Four different hotels now feature Slowpoke-themed rooms.
A Message to all Pokemon Fans!
Are you a Pokemon fan? Want to visit Japan someday? Or, maybe you are already in Japan… and just happen to be a Pokemon fan in the land that created them. Either way, do I have a suggestion for you!
The Pokemon Hotels! What I mean by this is that you can stay inside Pokemon-themed hotel rooms in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. Specifically, if you happen to like water and psychic type Pokemon, then you’ll be happy to hear that images of the big, pink Pokemon known as Slowpoke can be spotted not only within hotels but everywhere across Kagawa Prefecture including ferries, busses, and even mailboxes!
Slowpoke’s Relationship with Kagawa Prefecture
Kagawa Prefecture, located on the island of Shikoku, has recently partnered with Pokemon Inc. to create the Slowpoke-themed hotels. Back in March 2021, Kagawa Prefecture also unveiled Japan’s first Pokemon mailboxes which were, of course, Slowpoke-themed. You can read more about Kagawa’s Slowpoke mailboxes down below!
In other Slowpoke-related news, the official “Pokemon Kids TV” YouTube channel released what might be the single greatest promotional video ever made by a local government office. It features a life-size Slowpoke dancing around Kagawa Prefecture’s most beautiful places as senior citizens lip-sync along to a super catchy Slowpoke (Yadon in Japanese) themed reggae theme song. If this doesn’t make you want to visit Kagawa Prefecture, I don’t know what will.
Before we get into detail about the Slowpoke hotels, everything would make more sense once you know that Slowpoke was chosen as Kagawa Prefecture’s official Pokemon mascot (yes, many prefectures in Japan have one). The reasoning behind choosing Slowpoke is due to its Japanese name, Yadon, being very close to Kagawa’s signature dish, Udon noodles. Yadon. Udon. See the resemblance?
Slowpoke Hotel Rooms are Perfect for Pokemon Lovers Looking to Relax
The color-coordinated hotel rooms feature unique Slowpoke-themed wallpaper, pillows, stuffed animals, stickers, and little knick-knacks. As each Slowpoke hotel room belongs to a different hotel, each room has a different Slowpoke-themed design.
While the other hotels utilize a more “western” style hotel room, the Shodoshima International Hotel and the Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku hotel feature traditional Japanese-style Slowpoke hotel rooms to relax in after taking a dip in the Kotohira Onsen hot springs or exploring Shodoshima, a small island off of Kagawa’s coast.
Meanwhile, the other Slowpoke hotel rooms aren’t lacking in the Slowpoke department. On top of being able to stay in a Slowpoke hotel room, all guests who stay in those rooms are given a complimentary Slowpoke hand towel to take home with them.
All reservations can be made on each of the hotels’ websites, or on the phone. Hopefully, you can plan your next vacation to Kagawa Prefecture and stay in a Slowpoke hotel room!
Kevin Murasaki grew up moving back and forth between Chicago and Yokohama, Japan. Known as a "hafu", Kevin is half Japanese, and half American. Now a videographer and drone operator based in Fukuoka, Japan, Kevin enjoys playing basketball, driving on mountain or "touge" roads, and fishing in his free time. Kevin is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia.