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Japanese Manhole Covers

Japanese manhole covers, which come in a variety of designs depending on locality, utility type and the manufacturer of the manhole cover, have caught the imagination of a growing number of self-styled "drainspotters" from around the world.

A quick search on Google reveals the increasing number of tribute sites and the popularity of the cult of the Japanese manhole. There is even a Japanese Society of Manhole Covers (日本マンホール蓋学会) with their own website (in Japanese) listing many of Japan's estimated 6,000 manhole covers.

Japan's manhole covers often include a symbol specific to an area or town as part of the overall design. In Kyoto, a turtle (a symbol of wisdom and longevity) is the main motif, in addition local landmarks, people, festivals or flora and fauna can all be incorporated into these works of art under our feet. Trees are the most common design, followed by landcapes and flowers.

If you have a manhole cover shot and wish to have it displayed on this page please contact us. If you wish to read more about manhole covers in Japan a useful book is Drainspotting: Japanese Manhole Covers by Reno Camerota.

JapanVisitor has over 10 pages of manholes in a growing collection. Click through the links at the bottom of the page.

Combined sewage system manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Combined sewage system manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Water supply manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Water supply manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.



Decorative manhole cover, Chuo ward, Tokyo.

Decorative manhole cover, Chuo ward, Tokyo.

Fire extinguisher manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Fire extinguisher manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Domestic water supply manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Domestic water supply manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Combined sewer system manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Combined sewer system manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Fire emergency manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Fire emergency manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

NTT telecommunications manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

NTT telecommunications manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Manhole cover in Ueno, Tokyo.

Gas manhole cover with cherry blossom, Ueno ward, Tokyo.

Nagoya manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya.

Nagoya manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya.

Nagoya sewage system manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya.

Nagoya sewage system manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya.

Nagoya sewage system manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya.

Nagoya sewage system manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya.

Water manhole cover, Sakurae Town, Shimane.

Water manhole cover, Sakurae Town, Shimane.

Nagoya Fire Services manhole cover, Naka ward, Nagoya.

Nagoya Fire Services manhole cover, Naka ward, Nagoya.

Nagoya manhole cover, Naka ward, Nagoya.

Nagoya manhole cover, Naka ward, Nagoya.

Kyoto manhole cover, Kita ward, Kyoto.

Kyoto manhole cover, Kita ward, Kyoto.

Izumo city manhole cover, Shimane Prefecture.

Izumo city manhole cover, Shimane Prefecture.

Izumo Taisha manhole cover, Shimane Prefecture.

Izumo Taisha manhole cover, Shimane Prefecture.

Hiroshima manhole cover in the snow, Hiroshima Prefecture

Hiroshima manhole cover, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Manhole cover, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Kamakura manhole cover, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Kamakura manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Kamakura manhole cover, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Bunkyo Ward water manhole cover.

Bunkyo Ward manhole cover, Tokyo.


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