From parks to university campuses and even a Sega building, here are some of the new Pokémon Go gym locations players have been finding around the country.

Pokémon Go was finally released in Japan today, and one of the first things players were curious to find out when playing the game were the locations of the ever-important “gyms”, where they can battle or train their Pokémon. Social media accounts have been running hot all day, with people around the country sharing news of gym locations when they find them, and some of the places they’ve found are proving to be more unusual than we could have expected. Let’s take a look at some of the gyms that have been unearthed so far in Japan.

Inariyama-kōen Station in Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo, is one of the more ordinary-looking locations for a spot of gameplay.


Another station to get the Pokémon treatment is Keisei-Takasago Station in Katsushika, Tokyo.


Along with stations, university campuses have also been popping up as gym locations, like this one in the very centre of Kyoto University.


Another university to act as host to some of the in-game battle action is Ritsumeikan University, on its Ibaraki Campus in Osaka Prefecture.


McDonald’s, which was revealed to be one of the game’s “sponsored locations” prior to release, has now been confirmed as a gym hot-spot.

Hungry gamers will also be pleased to know there’s a gym at Tokyo’s Akihabara branch of specialty grilled meat restaurant chain Niku Mansei.

For a more traditional Japanese location, trainers can head to the gym at centuries-old Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture, Japan.

Well-known companies have also been identified as gym locations, like this one at the head office of Japanese video sharing website Niconico.

And, proving the intense rivalry between Sega and Nintendo in the 90s has been put firmly to bed, there’s even a Pokémon gym at the Sega headquarters in Japan.

With the weekend proving to be prime Pokémon-catching time for office workers and others on the Monday to Friday grind, we’re sure to receive plenty more updates on the game and its gym locations in the days to come. We can’t wait to see what else lies in store for Japan’s Pokémon Go gamers!

Source: Hachima Kikou
Featured image: Flickr/Anthony Quintano

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