Pokemon Gets Even More “Poke-Lid” Manholes in Kyoto, Japan; Starring Ho-oh, Pichu, Cyndaquil, & More

The Japanese city of Kyoto installed five new Poke-lids which will mark PokeStops for Pokemon GO, starring Ho-oh and more.

Pokemon Poke-Lid Kyoto

The Poke-Lid trend in Japan is unstoppable and another relevant city has installed the popular Pokemon manholes on its streets.

This time around it’s the super-famous historical city of Kyoto to get slightly nicer streets, with a whopping five new Poke-Lids.

Here are the Pokemon portrayed.

  • Ho-oh
  • Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Pichu
  • Chikorita and Shiftry
  • Cyndaquil and Darmanitan
  • Azumarill and Totodile

In the pictures below coming straight from the press release, you can see what they look like.

As usual, the Poke-lids will mark locations for PokeStops compatible with Pokemon GO.

The trend started with the installation of the first Poke-lid portraying Eevee in Ibusuki, Kagoshima prefecture, back in December 2018. As of now, 159 of the colorful manholes have been installed in fifteen prefectures including the five mentioned here.

The Tohoku region, that has been devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami ten years ago, is the region in Japan in which most Poke-Lids have been installed as part of the reconstruction efforts, counting 57 (over one-third of the total). That being said, the manholes installed today are the first in Aomori.

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 Pokemon, and the previous batch in Ogasawara, and a video from a few weeks ago showing how the Poke-lid are made.

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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.