According to the Japan Society of Manhole Covers, there are at least 6,000 intricately-designed manhole design covers featuring birds, fishes, landscapes, trees and even dinosaurs, scattered across the whole of Japan.
As much as we’d like to feature everything – where’s the adventure in that? So here’s our list of the top 10 most interesting manhole cover designs to pique your interest in the beautiful-weirdness that is Japan.
1. Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture
2. Sapporo, Hokkaidō
3. Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
4. Katsushika, Tokyo
5. Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture
6. Iga, Mie Prefecture
7. Daiei, Tottori
8. Aomori, Aomori Prefecture
9. Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture
Manholes are usually taken for granted but Japan has managed to make them an attraction for tourists and locals alike. Hopefully, in the future, Malaysia might looking into beautifying our rather dull manholes.