Manhole Covers XVIII

More Japan Manhole Covers - Drainspotting in Hiroshima, Kochi, Kanazawa, Miyazaki & Wakkanai

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.

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These manhole and hydrant covers were all shot by Sam and Tim Needham.

Hydrant cover in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Hydrant cover in Hatsukaichi Miyajima, near Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Prefecture © Sam and Tim Needham.
Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Hatsukaichi Miyajima, near Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Hatsukaichi Miyajima, near Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Hatsukaichi near Hongan-ji Temple
Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Near Yokogawa Station, Hiroshima Prefecture
 Hiroshima Prefecture.
Manhole near Hongan-ji Temple, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima Prefecture.
Kaga, Ishikawa, near Shioyamachi quay
Hiroshima Prefecture.
Kaga, Ishikawa, near Daishoji Station
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Kaga, Ishikawa, near Daishoji Station
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Kanazawa, near Kanazawa Castle, Ishikawa Prefecture
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Kanazawa, near Kanazawa Castle, Ishikawa Prefecture
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Near the ZZ Stadium, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Near the ZZ Stadium, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Manhole Near Hiroshima Station
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Manhole near Enkogawa River, Hiroshima Prefecture
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto.
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
Kochi, Kochi Prefecture.
Kawasaki, Kanagawa, near Kawasaki Station
Kochi, Kochi Prefecture.
Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture
Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture.
Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture
Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture.
Minato-ku, Tokyo near Hamamatsucho Station
Wakkanai, Hokkaido Prefecture.
Wakkanai, Hokkaido Prefecture
Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture.
Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture
Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture
Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture
Wakkanai, Hokkaido Prefecture.
Wakkanai, Hokkaido Prefecture
Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture.
Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture near Miyazaki Art Center