The Kobukan region (pronounced koh-BU-khan) is a small, isolated region of the Pokémon world relatively equidistant from the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos regions. It is accessible via travel by land and sea, but most people opt to travel by air.
The region is predominantly made up of grassy plains, as most human activities are isolated within Inspira City, the only city in the region. Making a conscious effort to keep the area largely untouched by humans, many researchers limited themselves to small, remote laboratories and workshops to study Pokémon in their natural habitats. The activities spiked in the past decade, coinciding with the renovated Kobukan Academy that is located on the border of Inspira City.
- Kobukan comes from the kanji 鼓舞 (kobu, for inspiration) and 感 (kan, for feeling).