Three Pokémon species are ready to send your mail in this city south of Tokyo.
Mail is not picked up at home in Japan. The post office delivers daily to your door, but if you want to ship something, you either have to walk to the post office or look for a public mailbox to deposit your letter in.
It’s a bit of a hassle, but the advantage is that if you live in the city Yokohamaabout half an hour south of central Tokyo, you can now enter your letters pokemon mailboxes!
Yokohama has some long-running Pokémon connections. It’s where the first proper Pokémon Center superstore was opened, where the first Pokéfuta Pokémon manhole cover was installed, and, most admirably, where the annual Pikachu outbreak takes place. But while the Outbreak Pikachus packs only stick around for a week or so, the Pikachu mailbox is here year round, and Pikachu isn’t the only Pocket Monster represented either, as there are a total of three Pokémon mailboxes, each with a different species.
However, let’s start with Pikachu’s. If you go there to mail a letter, or just to ooh and aah about how cute it is, the nearest train stop is Bashamichic Stationon the Minato Mirai metro line.
▼ You may remember Bashamichi Station from the days when it had a giant Gundam head in it.
There is only one exit gate for the station, but since it is underground, there are multiple ways to resurface. If you’re here for Pikachu, take exit A1, a slightly ominous stairwell.
But don’t worry, once you get to the top, you’ll see some very familiar looking tails.
Exit A1 will take you to the sidewalk just behind the Pikachu mailbox, through which you can see there are not only two Pikachus, but one is a man and the other a woman.
▼ You can recognize a female Pikachu by the heart-shaped key in its tail.
And as you may have noticed, next to the mailbox with the Pikachus, there’s another one with Eevee!
Pokemon are apparently terribly stylish when it comes to written correspondence. Look closely, and you will see that both Pikachu and Eevee are envelopes that are closed by a wax seal with a Poké Ball motif.
The box itself also carries the signature Poké Ball color scheme.
Ah, but you were promised three Pokémon mailboxes, right? For the latter we have to go to the Yokohama Sakuragi Post Office. Luckily, that’s just two blocks away, across the inlet of the Okagawa River that runs next to Yokohama’s new City Hall building.
▼ That’s the post office down the road, with the red sign right above the door.
Fortunately, the third Pokémon mailbox is installed outside the post office so you can see it at any time of the day or night, just like the Pikachu and Eevee. So who is that Pokémon on the third box?
Yokohama’s Pokémon mailboxes were installed last summer (when these photos were taken), which coincided with a slew of promotions related to the Gen-IV starter. As a Water type, he also has some affinity for the port city of Yokohama, and he looked good sitting there and smiling, with the river literally a stone’s throw away.
As cute as Piplup is, I have to admit I always felt a little disappointed with the character as a whole. I mean, other Pokémon look just as good as their role as fantasy world wildlife, and it’s easy to imagine they have such amazing powers as being able to shoot or levitate lightning bolts. . However, Piplup just looks like a penguin. A very cute penguin, sure, but still a penguin.
But as if at the right time, just when I thought that, a woman came riding on a bicycle, with her daughter in the seat behind her.. When the child was off the bike, she reached into her backpack, pulled out a Piplup plush and posed for a photo in front of the letterbox, with a big smile on her face. It was clear that they had come especially to see the mailbox, proving that there are definitely passionate Piplup fans out there.
Initially, Yokohama’s Pokémon mailboxes would only be in use for one year. However, based on the popular response, that period has been: extended until June 2026so they will still be here waiting when Japan finally reopens to unlimited international tourism next month.
● Pikachu and Eevee mailboxes
Bashamichi Station (Exit 1A) / 馬車道駅（１A出口）
Address: Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Chuo-ku, Honcho 5-49
県 横浜 市 中 区本 区本 町 ５ 丁目 ４９ ４９
● Piplup mailbox
Yokohama Sakuragi Post Office /
Address: Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Chuo-ku, Sakuragicho 1-1
県 横浜 市 中区 桜木 桜木 町 １ 丁目 １ １
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