New Pokemon “Poke-Lid” Manholes in Japan Portray Lugia, Bayleef, Aromatisse, Cloyster & Gastrodon

Japanese cities keep installing the increasingly popular "Poke-Lids," beautifully-enameled manhole covers portraying popular Pokemon.


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).

  • Lugia
  • 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 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 Kurashiki, and one in Kitakyushu, 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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Giuseppe Nelva

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.