Manhole Covers XV

Japanese drain covers - Drainspotting in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture and Tokyo

Japanese manhole covers, which come in a variety of designs depending on their locality in Japan, utility type and the manufacturer of the manhole cover, have caught the imagination of a growing number of "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 manhole.

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, festivals or flora and fauna can all be incorporated into these works of art under our feet.

If you have a manhole cover shot and wish to have it displayed on this page please contact us.

These manhole covers were kindly sent to us by James M James.

Electricity manhole in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Electricity manhole in Kanazawa Shizen Zoo (Kanazawa shizen doubutsuen), Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Manhole with parking information, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Manhole with parking information, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Fire Hydrant, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Fire Hydrant, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Yokohama city manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Yokohama manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Yokohama manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Yokohama manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Zushi manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Zushi manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Kamakura manhole, Okayama Prefecture.
Kamakura manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Tokyo Gas manhole.
Tokyo Gas manhole.

Tokyo Manhole.
Tokyo Manhole

Manhole in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Manhole in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture