Top Ten Real World Locations that Inspired Locations in PokemonHere's something I just found out recently, the locations in the Pokemon games are modeled after real world locations. This list encompasses regions in the game as well as cities and what they resemble.
While the first four gens in Pokemon look like some of the places in Japan, Unova, the setting for the fifth gen, is actually modeled somewhat after New York City, including some parts of eastern New Jersey as well as all the boroughs.
Yes, the Kanto region in Gen-1 Pokemon games was inspired by the very exact same Kanto region in the world world in Japan, a part of mainland Honshu which is where Tokyo is around.
Since the Kanto Region has Tokyo in it, it goes to say that the big city in Japan directly inspired not one, but two of the biggest cities in the Pokemon world. Celadon is modeled after the commercial center of Tokyo, Shinjuku, which explains the department store. Saffron City is inspired by Marunouchi, the business center of Tokyo, which pretty much explains the big buildings such as Silph Co.
Just look at the map of the island of Hokkaido and compare it to Sinnoh, the setting of the Gen-4 games. They look so similar.
Tilt Kyushu about about 90 degrees to the right and you have the mainland for the Gen-3 game, Hoenn. However, many of the surrounding Hoenn islands are based off of the islands further to the south of Kyushu. Okinawa in particular is further south from Kyushu, but the Hoenn map shows that its closer. Ever Grande and the Hoenn Pokemon League are located on this island which resembles Okinawa.
The setting for the Gen-6 games, Kalos, is a location that resembles the northern half of France.
It seems almost predictable that the Gen-7 setting is named Alola and is comprised of several islands, roughly resembling Hawaii.
To the west of Kanto is Kansai, which is where much of Johto takes place, naturally. Goldenrod City for example is modeled after Osaka, the most populous region in Kansai, while Ecruteak City gets modeled after Kyoto. A small part of the island of Shikoku is included in the Johto map.
This is an interesting one for the reason that Red is fought at the summit of Mt. Silver, which apparently is based off of a legend that a deity resides atop Mount Fuji, called the Kuninotokotachi.
The Battle Zone northeast of Sinnoh is apparently modeled after the southern part of Sakhalin island, a disputed island that had some parts claimed by Japan before it became a part of Russia. As it turns out none of the places in the Battle Zone are considered disputed locations in real-world Sakhalin.