Manhole Covers XVII

Japanese drain covers - Drainspotting in Beppu, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Osaka, Saga, Shiga, Tottori & Wakayama

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 all shot by Jake Davies.

Manhole in Beppu, Oita Prefecture.
Manhole in Beppu, Oita Prefecture.
Manhole in Beppu, Oita Prefecture.
Manhole in Beppu, Oita Prefecture.

Manhole, Dejima, Nagasaki Prefecture.
Manhole, Dejima, Nagasaki Prefecture.

Hongu manhole, Wakayama Prefecture.
Hongu manhole, Wakayama Prefecture.

Kurume manhole, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Kurume manhole, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Misasa manhole, Tottori Prefecture.
Misasa manhole, Tottori Prefecture.

Otsu manhole cover, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
Otsu manhole, Shiga Prefecture.

Sayama manhole cover, Osaka Prefecture.
Sayama manhole cover, Osaka Prefecture.

Yamaga manhole cover, Kumamoto Prefecture.
Yamaga manhole cover, Kumamoto Prefecture.

Yoshinogari manhole, Saga Prefecture.
Yoshinogari manhole, Saga Prefecture