More and more Japanese cities keep installing the increasingly popular “Poke-Lids,” beautifully-enameled manhole covers portraying popular Pokemon.
Today three more Poke-Lids have been installed in Awaji, Hyogo prefecture, on the super-scenic Awaji Island in the Seto inland sea.
They portray the following Pokemon (identified by our Rebecca Stone).
- Bayleef and Aromatisse
- Cloyster and Gastrodon
As usual, each Poke-Lid will mark locations for PokeStops compatible with Pokemon GO.
You can see what they look like below, alongside a few pictures from the official press release portraying the unveiling ceremony in Awaji, and a full image with all the current Poke-Lids.
The trend started with the installation of the first Poke-lid portraying Eevee in Ibusuki, Kagoshima prefecture, back in December 2018. As of now, 201 of the colorful manholes have been installed in nineteen 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 Sandslash, the 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, the previous batch in Ogasawara, another group in Kyoto, the previous Exeggutor batch in Miyazaki prefecture, more in Hokkaido, another batch in Kurashiki, and one in Kitakyushu, on top of a video from a few months ago showing how the Poke-lid are made.