Last year, an April Fools’ joke featuring Slowpoke in Udon-ken (April Fools’ nickname of Kagawa prefecture) turned into a full campaign called Udon-ken X Slowpoke: Slowpoke Paradise to promote tourism in the prefecture.
After a successful campaign in 2018, The Pokemon Company and Kagawa prefecture are teaming up again for Slowpoke Paradise 2019. And this time it’s going to run even longer – it begins April 19, 2019 and will end on January 31, 2020.
Activities in the 2019 campaign are pretty similar to the 2018 campaign, but there are of course new things to do and new products to purchase. We have the full scoop below:
Slowpoke Kaarage Sanuki Udon Goes On Sale!
From April 19 to April 21, 2019, Slowpoke Kaarage Sanuki Udon will be available for purchase at Takamatsu Symbol Tower 1F Decks Galleria from 10am to 3pm. Limited to 200 servings per day. The ramen retails for 400 yen inclusive sales tax.
Pokemon Center Temporary Store
Similar to 2018, a Pokemon Center Temporary Store will be set up at the concourse of Takamatsu station from April 19 to April 21, 2019. There, visitors can purchase Pokemon Center products as well as special Slowpoke products exclusive to Kagawa prefecture. Operating hours are 10am to 5pm daily.
Slowpoke is coming to play!
Meet and greet with Slowpoke at Takamatsu station concourse from April 19 to April 21, 2019. 15 minute long sessions take place at 10:30am, 12pm, 2pm, and 6pm daily.
Complete a survey and get a badge
From April 19 to April 21, complete a survey at Takamatsu station concourse. As a reward you’ll see one of the following limited edition badges above.
Complete the Stamp Rally event and win prizes
An Udon-ken X Slowpoke: Slowpoke Paradise in Kagawa 2019 Stamp Rally event is going to be held in two phases, each phase having their own exclusive presents.
To participate in the Stamp Rally, first you have to head to one of the 62 stamp rally locations to receive stamp rally booklet. Then, you can choose to visit as many stamp rally locations you want to collect stamps for your booklet. Depending on the number of stamps you have collected, you’ll be registered into a lottery to win exclusive Slowpoke products.
Phase 1, which takes place from April 19 to September 30, 2019, will feature the following prizes:
Prize A: Stone Monument Slowpoke (24cm, 5kg). 10 stamps required to enter, and there will be 3 winners
Prize B: Slowpoke Uchiwa Fan. 5 stamps required to enter, and there will be 30 winners
Prize C: Special Clear File 3 Set. 2 stamps required to enter, and there will be 100 winners
Full list of stamp rally locations can be found here in Japanese.
Exclusive Slowpoke Prefecture Merchandise in Kagawa!
If you missed out on last year’s Slowpoke Prefecture merchandise, good news – you can purchase them this year! There are some new products on the way, which we will talk about below.
Slowpoke Roof Tile Rice Cracker is a snack made by Kutsuwado. The snack retails for 700 yen exclusive 8% sales tax. Each pack comes with six rice crackers.
Next up is Fried Pippi Slowpoke. This is the same fried snack that’s appearing in the Sanuki Udon going on sale from April 19 to April 21. “Pippi” also happens to be Clefairy’s name in Japanese, hence the reason why it’s on the packaging. Merikenya is the maker of the Fried Pippi Slowpoke snack, and you’ll be able to purchase it for 380 yen exclusive 8% sales tax.
These are the locations that will offer Slowpoke Prefecture merchandise in Kawaga prefecture.
- Pokemon Center Temporary Store in JR Takamatsu Station (April 19 – April 21, 2019)
- Kagawa Product House – Ritsurinan
- Shikokushop 88
- Merikenya (offers only Fried Pippi Slowpoke)
- Kutsuwado (offers only Slowpoke Roof Tile Rice Cracker)
- Hontedan Sanuki Udon Kawadaiseimen (only Slowpoke Udon)
- Baikoudou Main Store (only Slowpoke Refined Japanese Sugar Candy in a box or small bag)
- 三谷製糖羽根さぬき本舗 Wasabon Hane Sanuki main office (only selling Slowpoke Hane Sanuki)
- Pokemon Store Aeon Mall Okayama, Pokemon Store Emifuru MASAKI
Slowpoke One Day Travel Pass
A one-day travel pass for Kotoden trains in Kagawa prefecture will go on sale from April 19, 2019 to January 31, 2020. The tickets feature a special Slowpoke design. Adult tickets cost 1230 yen, while children tickets cost 620 yen. The travel pass applies to all train lines operated by Kotoden.
For a list of 17 stations you can purchase the pass at, please click here (Japanese).
Become Slowpoke with Slowpoke Face Panels!
Slowpoke Face Panels are going to appear across various locations in Kagawa prefecture. Great way to take some lovely photos!
You can find the face panels at Ritsurin Garden (commerce and industry hall), Takinomiya Roadside Station (toll stop), and Seto Ohashi Bridge Memorial Museum.
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