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Do you ever wonder about the beautiful landscape in the Pokémon anime and movies? For the diehard Pokémon fans, it's going to be a dream come true if you can visit those places. In fact, many places in Pokémon have its real world counterparts. This article lists 10 of the most beautiful and iconic places in Pokémon and its real world locations on earth. You will want to visit all of them!
Mt. Silver, Johto - Mt. Fuji, Japan
Many towns, cities and mountains in Pokémon are based on real locations in Japan. This is not a surprise since Pokémon is created by a talented Japanese manga artist, Satoshi Tajiri. The iconic Mt. Fuji is featured as Mt. Silver in the Johto region. Although very far from the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Fuji is the tallest and most iconic mountain in Japan. This natural beauty is an incredible sight. Mt. Fuji is almost symmetrical with snow near the top of the mountain. On rare days, you can view it from afar at certain locations in Japan. Mt. Silver is also a very magical place in Pokémon. The legendary trainer, Red, is said to be at the top of the mountain waiting for extremely skilled challengers.
Alto Mare, Johto - Venice, Italy
The water city of Alto Mare in Johto is the setting of the fifth Pokémon movie, Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias. The movie is based on an annual Pokémon racing through Alto Mare's water canals. Should familiar yet? This beautiful water city is based on none other than Venice of Italy. The Pokémon trainers use one of their water Pokémon to pull the trainer through Alto Mare's water canals as fast as they can. The winner is the fastest to complete the course. Unfortunately, Ash didn't win this competition. But, Misty was able to take the crown by using her extensive water Pokémon trainer skills to beat all other competition. The price is a beautiful glass medallion, which is an ode to Venice's glass-making artisans. At the end of the movie, Latios sacrificed his life to save the beautiful water city of Alto Mare. It is a sad ending but the beautiful Alto Mare is entwined with Latios' spirit forever.
Forina, Hoenn - Wulingyuan, Hunan, China
In the movie, Jirachi: Wish Maker, mythical Pokémon Jirachi hibernates in the valley of Forina located in Hoenn. This area is characterized by pillar like rock formation with a valley that is difficult to explore by foot. This area is based on the famous Wulingyuan (Zhangjiajie) in Hunan of China. These iconic stone pillars are also used as set for the film, Avatar. Its natural strange yet stunning rock formation is almost out of this world beautiful. Forina is definitively a fitting homeland for a mythical Pokémon like Jirachi that only awakens for seven days following a millennium slumber.
Snowpoint City, Sinnoh - Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan
Do you remember Ash's battle to earn the Icicle badge from gym leader Candice at the Snowpoint city in Sinnoh? This snow covered city is the perfect place for ice type Pokémon to live. The Snowpoint city is actually based on Wakkanai city in the northernmost part of Japan. You can actually see Russia to the north. Like Snowpoint city, Wakkanai city has an outstanding amount of snow in the winter season. In the winter, the snow city of Wakkanai is covered in white and shrouded in romance. If you love the feeling of spending time in the snow and admiring its magical beauty, you have to visit Wakkanai. Things are so different when covered in the snow. When coming to this city, don't forget that you can collect a certificate stating that you have been to the northernmost city of Japan.
Michina Town, Sinnoh - Meteora, Greece
In the twelfth Pokémon movie, Arceus and the Jewel of Life, the story began in Michina town, Sinnoh. This location looks very iconic with its stone pillars. Many years ago, Arceus transformed this wasteland into paradise with the Jewel of Life due to showing its gratitude to a man that saved its life. However, the man betrayed Arceus because his subordinate hypnotized him with a Bronzong. The story took place in Michina town, Sinnoh which closely resembles Meteora, Greece. If you have never visited Meteora, you have to put it on your bucket list. This magical land in the ancient Greece civilization has natural stone pillars where Eastern Orthodox monasteries were build on top centuries ago. Combining natural scenic beauty with rich historical architecture and culture, Meteora is a must visit for anyone that wants to experience all the richness that earth has to offer.
Kalos Canyon - Grand Canyon, United States
This is the anime only location in Kalos. This canyon formed over the course of thousands of years in Kalos and it's the ideal location for Sky Battles. This canyon is a a paradise for flying type Pokémon. Trainers can gain experience through air current and Pokémon battles to hone their skills in training flying type Pokémon. The Kalos Canyon strikes a startling resembles to the Grand Canyon in the United States. Rather than thousands of years for the Kalos Canyon to form, the Grand Canyon formed after millions of years. This truly iconic landscape in the United States is a must see for those that are nature lovers. Take a good look a the Grand Canyon at the southern rim. If you are very physically active, hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to uncover its full glory. When money is no subject, take the helicopter tour to get a spectacular view of the Grand Canyon from above.
Diamond Domain, Kalos - Cave of Crystals, Mexico
The Diamond Domain in Kalos is a cave where the mythical and beautiful Pokémon princess Diancie and many Carbink reside. This cave is powered by the Heart Diamond which only Diancie is able to re-create after it fails due to old age. This cave is extremely beautiful due to its abundance of crystals just like its real world counterpart, Cave of Crystals in Mexico. Unlike Diamond Domain in Kalos, the real deal is very beautiful but deadly. Due to its very high temperature, people have a very limited amount of time in the cave even with protective clothing. The massive crystals in the Caves of Crystals took approximately 1 million years to form. This is really nature way of creating magnificence through time!
Allearth Forest, Kalos - Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Geographically located in Kalos next to the Diamond Domain, the Allearth Forest is actually based on Niagara Falls of New York. It is definitely not next to the Crystal Cave of Mexico. This awe-inspiring waterfall is actually a collection of three waterfalls near the border of United States and Canada. Even though the height is only 51 meters, the Niagara Falls have impressive volume of water. This makes the waterfall world famous and a must see sight in one's lifetime.
Brooklet Hill, Alola - ʻOheʻo Gulch, Maui, Hawaii
The seventh generation of Pokémon is geographically based on the islands of Hawaii. This is no surprise to anyone because Alola islands strike a very strong resemblance to the different islands of the state of Hawaii. All areas in Alola are tropical with forests, water and indigenous culture just like Hawaii. Do you remember the beautiful Brooklet Hill located on Akala Island? This is where Ash and friends found the totem sized Pokémon, Wishiwashi. After some fierce battling, Lana was able to defeat the Wishwashi and broke it up into harmless individual little fish. Lana's victory earned herself a Waterium Z which allows her to upgrade water moves to water Z-Moves. The Brooklet Hill was so beautiful that even a Pokémon full art card was made for it. This magical place is 'Ohe'o Gulch on Maui Island in Hawaii. Also known as the seven scared pools, this cascading series of waterfalls form seven pools of water. One of the best known tourist spots on the road to Hana, the 'Ohe'o Gulch is a must see for both beginner to seasoned tourists.
Stow-on-Side, Galar - Buxton, England
Do you remember the Stow-on-Side ghost gym in Galar? This is where Ash's Gengar finally learned how to Gigantamax with Allister's help. They collected some max mushrooms and made the max soup that enabled Ash's Gengar to properly Gigantamax. The whole Galar region is based on the United Kingdom. Specifically, Stow-on-Side city is base on Buxton of England. The ghost gym is actually very similar to the buildings at Buxton of England.