Three species of Pokémon are ready to get your mail on its way in this city south of Tokyo.
There is no home pickup service in Japan. The post office delivers to your doorstep daily, but if you want to send something you either have to go to the post office or look for a public post box to post your letter in.
It’s a bit of a hassle but the upside is that if you live in the city Yokohamaabout half an hour south of downtown Tokyo, you can now post your letters Pokemon Mailboxes!
Yokohama has some long-standing Pokémon connections. This is where the first real-life Pokémon Center Superstore opened, where the first Pokefuta Pokemon manhole cover was installed, and most magically, where the annual Pikachu outbreak takes place. But while Outbreak Pikachus packs only stay for about a week, the Pikachu mailbox is here all year round, and Pikachu isn’t the only pocket monster represented either There are three Pokémon mailboxes in total, each with a different species.
However, let’s start with that of Pikachu. If you are going there to mail a letter or just to say how cute it is, the closest train station is Bashamichi stationon the Minato Mirai subway line.
▼ You may remember the Bashamichi station from when it had a giant Gundam head inside.
There is only one exit gate for the station, but since it is underground there are multiple ways to get back up to the surface. If you’re here for Pikachu, you should take exit A1, a somewhat foreboding stairwell.
Don’t worry though because once you get to the top you’ll spot some very familiar looking cocks.
Exit A1 will take you to the sidewalk just behind the Pikachu mailbox where you can see that Not only are there two Pikachus, but one is a male and the other is a female.
▼ You can identify a female Pikachu by the heart-shaped key on her tail.
And as you may have noticed, right next to the mailbox with the Pikachu is another one with Eevee!
Pokemon are apparently very Class when it comes to written correspondence. Look closely and you will see that Both Pikachu and Eevee are postal envelopes sealed by a Poké Ball-themed wax seal.
The box itself also bears the characteristic color scheme of the Poké Ball.
Ah, but you were promised three Pokémon mailboxes, right? For the last one we have to go to Yokohama Sakuragi Post Office. Luckily, that’s only two blocks away, across the bay from the Okagawa River, which runs alongside the new Yokohama City Hall building.
▼ Over there is the post office with the red sign just above the door.
Luckily, the third Pokémon mailbox is installed outside of the post office, so you can see it at any time of the day or night, just like Pikachu and Eevee’s. So who is the Pokémon on the third box?
The Yokohama Pokémon Mailboxes were installed last summer (when these photos were taken), coinciding with a slew of promotions related to the Gen IV launcher. As a water guy, he also has some affinity for the port city of Yokohama, and he seemed right at home sitting there smiling with the river literally a stone’s throw away.
Cute as Piplup is, though I have to admit that I always feel a bit overwhelmed by the character as a whole. I mean, other Pokemon seem to live up to their role as wild animals from the fantasy world, and it’s easy to imagine them having such amazing powers as the ability to shoot out electrical bolts or levitate. However, Piplup only looks like a penguin. A very cute penguin, sure, but still a penguin.
But right on cue, just as I was thinking this, a woman on a bicycle hit the road with her daughter in the seat behind her. As soon as the child got off the bike, she reached into her backpack, pulled out a Piplup plush toy and posed for a photo in front of the mailbox with a big smile on her face. It was clear that they had come specifically to see the mailbox, proving that there are definitely ardent Piplup fans out there.
Originally, Yokohama’s Pokémon mailboxes were only supposed to last one year. However, based on popular reaction, that time was up extended until June 2026so they will still be here, waiting for Japan to finally reopen to unrestricted 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
● Piplup Mailbox
Yokohama Sakuragi Post Office / 横浜桜木郵便局
Address: Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Chuo-ku, Sakuragicho 1-1
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