Trainers, the official Pokemon GO Japanese website has just announced that a special Japan-only event will take place from Thursday, July 26th to Sunday, July 29th! Titled Pokemon GO Special Weekend, the event features starter Pokemon and Unowns, in addition to several other in-game benefits.

Pokemon GO Special Weekend is an in-game event that requires a Weekend Participation ticket, which can be redeemed by an official partner. Tickets are available by making a purchase and answering a questionnaire at a partner exclusive Poke Stops (not gyms). Tickets feature a two-dimensional barcode that needs to be scanned.

The event is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from 26th to 29th July. XP gains are doubled during the event and players have the opportunity to meet special Pokemon in Japan that will be appear more frequently than usual. Pokemon that can be encountered vary depending on the date of participation:

APAC Partners and in-game benefits chart
APAC Partners and in-game benefits chart
  • July 26th: Softbank, Unown S, B & Charmander
  • July 27th: Toho Cinemas, Tully’s Coffee & Joyfull, Unown T, J & Squirtle
  • July 28th: McDonalds, Unown M, D & Pikachu
  • July 29th: Aeon, Unown A, E & Bulbasaur

You can get tickets at special locations that are tied to Japan’s official Pokemon GO Partners (a purchase + answering a questionnaire is required in order to get a ticket):

  • Softbank from July 5
  • McDonald’s from July 11
  • TOHO Cinemas from July 13
  • Aeon from July 13
  • Joyful from July 15
  • Tully’s Coffee from July 24

Check ins are available at Poke Stops that feature a visible check in marker (the icon is subject to change according to the official website):