Japan's Awesome Manhole Covers

Japan is a place where you can collect a plethora of things. However, did you know that there's something that you can collect without hurting your travel budget? 

Japan's Awesome Manhole Covers

This collection is none other than Japan's Awesome Manhole Covers

I know some of you might probably be raising your eyebrows right now and some are probably asking themselves "How on Earth would I bring one home when I only have 50kgs baggage allowance?". 

Team Nicerio in Osaka City

Well, before you continue reading, if you're not into manhole covers you can move on and read other articles in my blog. As for the question - worry not dear reader, you won't be carrying one home. 

To "collect" these colorful and intricately designed covers, one would only need a few things. First, an ever-attentive eye, a camera, and your sharp unerring skill of remembering place names. If you have these, then you can be part of the continuously growing group of amazing hobbyists called "drainspotters". 

Team Nicerio in Kumatori

To be a legit "drainspotter", one has to first know his collection, in this case, its the Japanese マンホールの蓋 which reads manhoru no futa or simply manhole covers. These manhole covers are intricately and sometimes colorfully designed. Each city and town in the country has its own unique design which either showcases well-known landmarks, animals, festivals, mascots, cultural items, or flora and fauna of the place. If you're lucky, you'd find newly installed manhole covers that are painted. This makes the manhole cover designs look more like an art piece than a utility hole cover. 

To motivate you, here is my collection of Japanese manhole covers from my 2014-2015, 20182019, and 2021 adventures. 

*This article does not include Pokemon Manhole Covers.

My Japanese manhole cover collection

Osaka

Dotonbori

Izumisano City

Kumatori - Jumpson

Osaka City

Kaizuka City

Kyoto


Kyoto City

Hyogo

Kobe City

Mie

Ise City

Nara

Nara City

Nara City II

Wakayama

Wakayama City

Wakayama City II

Gifu

Gifu City

Shirakawago

Takayama City

Okuhida Onsen Village

Tokyo

Tokyo City

Hokkaido*

Hokkaido

Rumoi City - Kazumo-chan

Asahikawa City

Mitsuishi - (a former town in Hokkaido) inside Rishiriya Minoya, Otaru City

Rishiri - inside Rishiriya Minoya, Otaru City

Toyotomi manhole cover
Toyotomi

Haboro manhole cover
Haboro

Teshio manhole cover
Teshio

Mashike manhole cover
Mashike

Takikawa City manhole cover
Takikawa City

Otaru City manhole cover
Otaru City

Chitose City manhole cover
Chitose City

Shintotsukawa manhole cover
Shintotsukawa

Rumoi City manhole cover 2
Rumoi City 2

Urausu manhole cover
Urausu

Naie manhole cover
Naie

Utashinai City manhole cover
Utashinai City

Akabira City manhole cover
Akabira City

Sunagawa City manhole cover
Sunagawa City

Toma manhole cover
Toma

Maruseppu manhole cover
Maruseppu (Engaru)

Bifuka manhole cover 1
Bifuka 1

Bifuka manhole cover 2
Bifuka 2

Furen (Nayoro City) manhole cover
Furen (Nayoro City)

Kembuchi manhole cover 1
Kembuchi 1

Kembuchi manhole cover 2
Kembuchi 2

Shibetsu City manhole cover 1
Shibetsu City 1

Shibetsu City manhole cover 2
Shibetsu City 2

Wassamu manhole cover
Wassamu

Abira manhole cover
Abira 1

Abira manhole cover 2
Abira 2

Abira manhole cover 3
Abira 3

Abira manhole cover 4
Abira 4

Naganuma manhole cover
Naganuma

Tomakomai manhole cover
Tomakomai City

Noboribetsu City 1
Noboribetsu City 1

Noboribetsu City 2
Noboribetsu City 2

Noboribetsu City 3
Noboribetsu City 3

Shiraoi, Hokkaido
Shiraoi

Chitose City
Chitose City

*If you want to see a more detailed list of my photos of Hokkaido's manholes, you should check this article: Hokkaido Manhole Covers


To date, I have seen and photographed more than 50 unique manhole cover designs all around Japan. This simply means that if I manage to collect all designs, I have also visited every corner of the country (which no one has accomplished so far) so good luck with our journey of becoming the first drainspotter to "collect" all of Japan's manhole covers!

#JapanManhole


Comments

  1. These are beautiful manhole covers. I'm collecting them as well. I haven't been to Hokkaido and I'm thrilled to look for the manholes that you shared.

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    1. Please check out my new article about the Hokkaido manhole covers. I update it regularly. You might be interested with the designs and where to find them.

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