Manhole Covers XVI

Japanese drain covers - Drainspotting in Yokozuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Uraga 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.

Manhole in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Manhole in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Manhole in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Manhole in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Manhole, Uraga, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Manhole, Uraga, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Uraga city manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Uraga manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Yokozuka manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Yokozuka manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Tokyo manhole.
Tokyo manhole.

Morioka manhole, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Morioka manhole, Iwate Prefecture.

Morioka manhole, Iwate Prefecture.
Morioka manhole, Iwate Prefecture.

Yokosuka Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Yokosuka Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture

Yokosuka Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Yokosuka Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture

Yokosuka Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Yokosuka Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture

Uraga Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Uraga Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture

Tokyo Manhole Cover.
Tokyo Manhole

Tokyo Manhole Cover, Japan.
Tokyo Manhole

Kamakura Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Kamakura Manhole, Kanagawa Prefecture