Pokemon “Poke-Lid” Mania Continues in Japan With New Manholes Starring Vulpix, Mr. Rime, & More

With the popularity of Pokemon not even close to weakening, Japanese cities are installing more of the popular "Poke-Lid" manholes.

Pokemon Pokelids

With the popularity of the Pokemon franchise not even close to weakening, Japanese cities are installing more of the popular “Poke-Lid” manholes.

Seven new Poke-Lid have been installed in multiple towns of the northern island of Hokkaido, that already had several. As a result, the island now has 26 of them, all featuring Vulpix in some form.

This time around, the adorable fox pokemon didn’t come on their own, and several other are portrayed together with Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix. Here’s a list.

  • Togekiss & little Alolan Vulpix
  • Alolan Vulpix
  • Alolan Vulpix & Galarian Mr. Rime
  • Bewear & Vulpix
  • Vulpix & Ditto disguised as a Vulpix
  • Alolan Vulpix & Bergmite
  • Combusken & Vulpix

As usual, each Poke-Lid will mark locations for PokeStops compatible with Pokemon GO.

You can check them all out in the gallery below, also showing the presentation ceremony, directly from the press release.

The trend started with the installation of the first Poke-lid portraying Eevee in Ibusuki, Kagoshima prefecture, back in December 2018. As of now, 189 of the colorful manholes have been installed in sixteen prefectures including the seven showcased here.

Each Poke-lid is one-of-a-kind, sporting its own original design that doesn’t appear anywhere else. Of course, this comes with the benefit of encouraging many fans to visit local communities to snap collectible pictures, boosting tourism and business.

If you want to see more, you can check out those installed in Tottori prefecture featuring Sandshrew and Sandslashthe lids portraying Chansey in Fukushima prefecture, the batch in Hokkaido, featuring Vulpix, the group in Niigata prefecture starring Magikarp, another in Nara prefecture portraying a bunch of different Pokemonthe previous batch in Ogasawaraanother group in Kyoto, and the previous Exeggutor batch in Miyazaki prefecture, on top of a video from a few months ago showing how the Poke-lid are made.

Recently, the franchise has also been featured on another airliner focusing on Pikachu and one featuring Exeggutor.

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Proud weeb hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long-standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality), MMORPGs, and visual novels are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans on Earth of the flight simulator genre.