You were meant to arrive at Motostoke, but thanks to a bunch of meddling Wooloo, your train stops early at the Wild Area station. Hop sees this as a good thing though, as it means you can explore the Wild Area. If you travel through the Wild Area, you can reach Motostoke, while also running into a whole horde of new Pokémon. Sounds like a win-win situation!
Ready For a Wild Time?
If you haven't been following the news, the Wild Area is a large overworld area that's sort of "open world". It's divided into multiple seamless zones and jam-packed with Pokémon to catch! Essentially, it's like a really big safari zone, except you catch Pokémon like you would normally.
In typical open world design, you can go pretty anywhere within the Wild Area. Including places where you encounter wild Pokémon much higher Level than your own. To stop "cheating", you can only catch Pokémon under a certain Level--this Level will increase, the more Gym Badges you collect.
Before you leave the train station, there are a few points of interest. In the top-left corner, speak to the two teenagers. If you have save data for Let's Go Pikachu and/or Eevee, you can receive a special Pikachu and/or Eevee that can Gigantamax. Also, chat to the backpacker by the entrance. She'll give you 5 Poké Dolls. If you run into a dangerous encounter, use these to escape.
By the way, if you want to return to Wedgehurst, approach the turnstiles or the ticket machines by the entrance. There's also a Poké Mart clerk directly in front of the entrance if you need to stock up. You could be spending a while in the Wild Area, so you want a healthy supply of potions and Poké Balls. Once you're ready, exit the train station via the entrance.
When you leave the Wild Area station, you'll arrive at the Meetup Spot. This is technically the first "zone" in the Wild Area, although it's very small and there are no wild Pokémon. Still, you have to start somewhere!
In the Wild Area, you can freely turn the camera by using the right control stick. If the camera controls seem wrong to you, you can also invert them by going to "Options" in the main menu. To zoom out/in the camera, click the right control stick inwards (like a button). Finally, pressing the L button centres the camera.
To begin with, head north towards the person standing by the side of the train station. Speak to her if you want to heal your Pokémon. Continue past her towards Hop, who's standing between two fences. He'll point you in the direction of Motostoke. It's the place with the giant steeple in the far distance. As you're talking, Sonia will make her entrance. She'll give you the Pokémon Box Link.
Pokémon Box Link
This handy and almost miraculous feature lets you access your Pokémon storage boxes from nearly everywhere, including the Wild Area! To use it, open the main menu and go to "Pokémon". Then press the "R button" to switch to your boxes. Since you can potentially catch many Pokémon in the Wild Area, it's great that you can easily swap in and out Pokémon.
Once you're back in control, go north through the fences. You'll arrive in the next zone.