Pokémon Manhole Covers Have Finally Hit The Streets Of Tokyo - Catch All 103 Of Them Across Japan!

Eunis Ong
Eunis Ong
3 Sep 2020
Tokyo Japan Pokemon Manhole

Photo Credits: @yoko_lost_in_japan, @japan_manhole

Japan's Obsession With Pretty Manhole Covers

Manhole Covers Japan
Photo Credits: @ue707 (Instagram)
Manhole Covers Japan
Photo Credits: @ue707 (Instagram)
If you've ever visited Japan, you would have probably noticed their unique, adorable manhole covers that come in various different designs and colours. It's impressive how a country would put so much work into adding an artistic flair to something that's just placed on the street, easily overlooked and stepped over.
Japan's artistic manhole covers are delightful gems scattered all over the country. They often include symbols and designs specific to the certain area or town, such as landmarks, mascots, flora and fauna, and more!

Pokéfuta - Pokémon Covers Have Come To Tokyo

Manhole Covers Japan
Photo Credits: @yoko_lost_in_japan (Instagram)
For fans of Pokémon, get ready to keep your eyes on the ground the next time you're in Japan! In 2018, Japan started installing a series of Pokémon manholes (also known as Poké Lids or Pokéfuta) in the country - close to 100 of them have since been placed in eight different prefectures so far, including Kagoshima, Hokkaido, Fukushima, Kagawa, and Miyazaki.
Tokyo Japan Pokemon Manhole Covers Pokefuta
Photo Credits: @japan_manholes
Tokyo Japan Pokemon Manhole Covers Pokefuta
Photo Credits: @manhole_japan
Just two days ago, the Poké Lids have finally hit the streets of Japan's capital, Tokyo! Time to do some Pokémon Go in real life - in search of these adorable manhole covers.
Pokemon Manholes Japan Tokyo
Photo Credits: https://local.pokemon.jp/en/manhole/
Pokemon Manholes Japan Tokyo
Photo Credits: https://local.pokemon.jp/en/manhole/
To celebrate the arrival of Poké Lids in Tokyo, The Pokémon Company even released an official guide detailing where these manhole covers can be found across the nation. The guide implies that dozens of new Poké Lids are scheduled to be installed all over the country, including at other districts in the Kanto region near Tokyo including Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, and Tochigi.
Poke Lids New Pokemon Manholes Japan Tokyo
Photo Credits: ©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Poke Lids New Pokemon Manholes Japan Tokyo
Photo Credits: ©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
The 6 new Poké Lids have been installed at Tokyo's Machida, in Serigaya Park. They feature six Gen-1 Pokémon designs including the much-loved OG Pokémon Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle! We also spot Caterpie, Rattata, Weedle, Oddish, Pidgey, and a pair of adorable Poliwags. To encounter these Pokémon, catch a one hour train from Tokyo Station to the serene Serigaya Park, where you can take a scenic stroll away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Embark on your Pokémon hunt while being surrounded by nature and greenery - the park is filled with many winding paths, benches for you to rest on, mini waterfalls, pools, and lots of shade. It is especially pretty in spring and autumn when the cherry blossoms and autumn leaves come out to play!

Nani - Anime Manhole Covers?

Anime Manhole Covers
Photo Credits: REUTERS/Hideto Sakai
Another manhole cover hype that surfaced earlier this month is the installation of Anime Manhole Covers in the city of Tokorozawa, located north of Tokyo! These covers are decorated with anime characters from popular animation series such as Gundam and Neon Genesis Evangelion, and even glow in the dark - illuminated by solar-powered LED lights.
Tokorozawa has become a new hotspot for anime fans, with the opening of a new anime and manga-focused complex - the Tokorozawa Sakura Town! The complex will house event spaces, museums, and even an Anime Hotel.

Gear Up For Your Japan Adventure

While it's not yet safe to travel in these unprecedented times, it doesn't hurt to start dreaming and planning our upcoming adventure, right?