Pokémon manholes in Ibusuki, Japan

Pokémon is a cultural institution in almost any country that has children and Nintendo in it. I couldn’t possibly guess at how many different Pokémon-branded products exist at this point. But I think we can all agree the franchise has reached its apex with this bit of news: Pokémon manholes are a hit, in Japan at least.

As Kotaku explains, these Pokémon manholes were actually established in Ibusuki, Japan earlier in the year, but their attractive designs have been making the rounds on social media. Basically, they make sewage into a delightful experience. They reportedly double as PokéStops in Pokémon GO as well.

Apparently it’s normal for towns and cities across Japan to have their own distinct manholes. It’s essentially a way to celebrate local culture and interests. Seeking out attractive manholes is even a pastime in Japanese tourism, which explains in part the abundance of Pokémon manhole photos. In the case of Ibusuki, the Pokémon selected for the manholes apparently correspond to local features of the areas in which they appear.

Pokémon manholes in Ibusuki, Japan Pokémon manholes in Ibusuki, Japan

In any case, if you happen to find yourself in the area, be sure not to have your head in the clouds! The real prize is at your feet.

If you need more random Pokémon news in your life, then be sure to check out this adorable flopping Magikarp plush.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea.

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