Pokemon Poke Lids

New Pokemon “Poke-Lid” Manholes in Japan Portray Raikou, Yamper, Magnemite, & More

Another Japanese city installed a batch of the popular “Poke-Lids,” beautifully-enameled manhole covers portraying popular Pokemon.

Another Japanese city installed a batch of the increasingly popular “Poke-Lids,” beautifully-enameled manhole covers portraying popular Pokemon.

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Five more Poke-Lids have been installed in Higashiosaka, marking the first in Osaka Prefecture.

They portray the following Pokemon (identified by our Rebecca Stone). Interestingly, all of them feature either electric or steel Pokemon.

  • Magnemite and Magneton
  • Klink and Klang
  • Yamper and Togedemaru
  • Raikou
  • Elekid and Mawile

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

You can see what they look like below, alongside a couple of pictures from the official press release portraying the unveiling ceremony in Higashiosaka’s Hanazono Rugby Stadium where the Raikou Poke-Lid.

The trend started with the installation of the first Poke-lid portraying Eevee in Ibusuki, Kagoshima prefecture, back in December 2018. As of now, 206 of the colorful manholes have been installed in twenty prefectures including the five 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, the previous Exeggutor batch in Miyazaki prefecturemore in Hokkaidoanother batch in Kurashikione in Kitakyushu, and three in Awaji, 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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