Japan’s real-world Pikachu Outbreak 2019 dates announced, so make your travel plans now!

The Pokémon will be staying up late this year so you can bask in their adorableness while staying out of the scorching sun.

We’ve been seeing a lot of Pikachu recently, what with his starring role in the Pokémon Detective Pikachu live-action movie and corresponding special sleuthing version in Pokémon GO. But Pikachu’s status as a perpetual cuteness machine means that the more we see him, the more we want to see him, and so we’re electric with excitement now that the 2019 Pikachu Outbreak has been officially announced.

▼ The Pikachu Outbreak 2019 logo

In what’s become an annual event, packs of Pikachus will be overrunning the streets, parks, and shopping centers of the bayside Minato Mirai district of the city of Yokohama, just half an hour south of Tokyo by train. For 2019, organizers are promising the highest Pika-concentration in the history of the event, which was first held in 2014.

Having visited the Pikachu Outbreak each and every year since its inception, we can attest that it’s an awesome experience for any fan of the Pokémon anime, video games, or cuteness in general. If there’s one drawback, though, it’s that being held in mid-August means that the weather is almost always hot and humid. For 2019, though, the Pikachus will be living the nocturnal life, with the majority of their outdoor performances scheduled to take place between 7 and 9 p.m.

Pikachu Outbreak 2019 will kick off on August 6 and continue until August 12, with the primary venues, which are all located within easy walking distance from Minato Mirai and Sakuragicho Stations, being:
● Akarenga Red Brick Warehouse
● Gran Mall Park
● Queen’s Square Yokohama
● Mark Is Minato Mirai
● Minato Mirai Tokyu Square
● Minato Mirai Station
● Nihonmaru training ship
● Rinko Park
● Sakuragicho Station
● Yokohama Cosmo World
● Yokohama Museum of Art

Oh, and if you’re wondering whether or not the pack of Eevees, who made their Pikachu Outbreak debut in 2018, will be back, they will,

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