Kyoto Japan Gets Its First Set Of Pokemon Manhole Covers, Including A Legendary Pokemon

Pokemon Manhole Covers
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Many might know a unique thing about Japan is the unique manhole covers around the city that come in a variety of designs. Japan’s manhole covers often include a symbol specific to an area or town as part of their design.

Starting with the installation of the “Eevee” manhole in Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture in December 2018, there are currently 159 “Poke Lids” in 15 prefectures. On 30 March 2021, for the first time, five Pokemon manhole covers, also known as”Poke lids”, were installed in the ancient city of Kyoto.


New Pokemon Manhole Covers In Kyoto

Pokemon On The New Pokemon Manhole Covers
Image: Pokemon Co., Ltd.

The five “Poke lids” feature a beautiful landscape with the Pokemons Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Pichu, and the legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh, who appeared as one of the three travelling characters of the series “Pokemon Gold and Silver” in Kyoto.

The Pokemon manhole covers in Kyoto can be found in five parks. These are Okazaki Park, Maruyama Park, Umekoji Park (close to the awesome Kyoto Railway Museum), Arashiyama Park (Nakanoshima area) and Nishikyogoku Athletic Park. These manhole lids have a shelf life of 30 years.


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Manholes are also New Poké Stops

Pokemon Manhole Covers in Kyoto
Image: Kyoto City Waterworks and Sewerage Bureau

Each “Poke Lid” has an original design and there is only one such design in the world. The installed “Poke lid” is not only a cute attraction for those walking by, but will also be a Poké Stops for the popular mobile game Pokémon GO.

These Poké Stops provide higher spawn rates for their pictured species and provide items to players passing by.


Plans for Pokemon Manhole Covers

Plans for Pokemon Manhole Covers
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The team behind the installing of the Pokelids hope that it will be “an opportunity for many people nationwide and around the world to learn about the charms of Pokemon and the charms of Kyoto municipalities.” 

There are plans to continue to install “Poke lids” in various places. For details on the installation locations of Poke lids all over Japan, click the link here.


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