Shizuoka Gastronomy on Manhole Covers!

Yaizu City is the most famous Bonito/Katsuo fishing harbor city in Japan! Japan is increasingly becoming known all over the world for its gastronomy and more recently for its unequaled manhole covers. Shizuoka prefecture is no exception when it comes to either, or even better, to a combination of the two! Shizuoka Prefecture has a … Continue reading Shizuoka Gastronomy on Manhole Covers!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 40: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover 2nd Type in Shizuoka City!

On February 5th in 2015 I had reported on a new Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover being installed in Various locations in Shizuoka City to mark the 400th Anniversary of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu’ss Death. Read more about the above manhole cover HERE Now, yesterday I noticed apparently the same cover because it seemed brand new! … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 40: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover 2nd Type in Shizuoka City!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 39): Gotemba City!

A fire hydrant manhole cover type found in the whole prefecture but with the emblem of Gotemba City! The other day I had the occasion to visit again again Gotemba City in the Eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture for the first time in many years and could at last manage to check all the manhole … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 39): Gotemba City!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 38: Nishigaya Sports Center in Shizuoka City!

Nishigaya Sports Center is located far away, about 30 minutes by bicycle from Shizuoka Station on the other side of the Abe River. That is probably why I never realised they might have, and an ancient one at that, their own particular manhole covers! They are all, 21 of them, located in the middle of … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 38: Nishigaya Sports Center in Shizuoka City!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka City 37: The One That Will Never Appear On Shizuoka City Streets!

Last Friday the Shizuoka City Water and Sewers Department were holding an unusual and very instructive exhibition to make the public aware of their work from manhole covers to the functioning of toilets with a strong accent pn public hygiene! Visitors were greeted with two of these public water spouts in shape of dragon head! … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka City 37: The One That Will Never Appear On Shizuoka City Streets!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 36: Fuji City, Yoshiwara, Honcho!

With all the mergers enacted these past years, it has become difficult to explain locations in Shizuoka Prefecture! Yoshiwara is now integral part of Fuji City but its JR Railway Station is distinct! First get off Yoshiwara Station and walk to the private Gakunan raliway Line Yoshiwara Station and board a train to Yoshiwara Honcho … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 36: Fuji City, Yoshiwara, Honcho!

Manhole Covers In Shizuoka Prefecture 35 bis: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover Being Installed in Shizuoka City!

Yesterday some Shizuoka City Civil servants had been already been busy all morning when I reached the spot on the east side of the Shizuoka Municipal Hospital for the official installment of the new manhole cover to be be laid upon 40 out 56 fire hydrants. The spot had been conveniently chosen across the street … Continue reading Manhole Covers In Shizuoka Prefecture 35 bis: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover Being Installed in Shizuoka City!

Manhole Covers In Shizuoka Prefecture 35: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover in Shizuoka City!

Last Friday the Shizuoka Municipal Government finally announced the creation of a new Fire hydrant manhole cover to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle. I decided some more investigation was in order and I visited the Shizuoka City Hall to find out where it was exhibited. It … Continue reading Manhole Covers In Shizuoka Prefecture 35: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover in Shizuoka City!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 34: Along the Miho Beach, Shimizu ku, Shizuoka City!

I have already mentioned manhole cob\evrs in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City. This is a very large area indeed and it tends to mix all kinds of covers since it was merged with Shizuoka City. But if like me yesterday you happened to cycle along the Miho Beach, especially along the parallel streets running through urban … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 34: Along the Miho Beach, Shimizu ku, Shizuoka City!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 33: Kanbara, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Kanbara, located between Yui and Shin kambara in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, was merged into Shizuoka City on March 1st, 2006, but Shimizu City became part of Shizuoka City as Shimizu Ku on April 1st, 2004. On the other hand Yui merged with Shimizu Ku into Shizuoka City only on November 1st, 2008 with some … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 33: Kanbara, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 32: Kanaya, Shimada City!

Decorated manhole covers all seem to be those of fire hydrants in Kanaya Cho in Shimada City, although there is a big oddity! Big red fire truck. This design can be found in many cites in side and outside Shizuoka Prefecture although the “city crest” will be different! This must a fairly recent cover as … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 32: Kanaya, Shimada City!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 31: Arai Machi

Arai machi, since included into Hamamtsu City is bit of a strange place completely separated not only by the station (you have to pay 180 yen anytime you want to go to the other side) but also by a sea arm. The interesting manhole covers lie south of the Arai Machi JR Station while the … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 31: Arai Machi

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 30: Ecopa in Fukuroi by Guest Blogger Atsuko Kurata!

My good friend Ms. Atsuko Akira, who share the drainspotting bug with recently visited the Ecopa Sports Complex in Aino, Fukuroi City! This is the report on her trip! She visited the Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA to purposedly to discover some manhole covers Let her show you the way to ECOPA! First of all, take the … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 30: Ecopa in Fukuroi by Guest Blogger Atsuko Kurata!

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 29: Hamamatsu City

This is basically the second part of manhole covers found in Hamamatsu City! This a big city, actually the largest in area in Japan, so one can expect a mind-bogling variety of them, and I haven’t visited all the villages and towns merged into Hamamatsu City yet! Fire hydrant found south of the JR Station. … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 29: Hamamatsu City

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 28: Iwata City & Fukuroi City

Yesterday as I had to go there for many reasons I took plenty of pictures in Iwata City and Fukuroi City which are neighbors in Wsetern Shizuoka Prefecture! These colored dragonfly manhole covers are found only south of Iwata JR station. Unfortunately this was the only one still unscathed so hurry up! The uncolored dragonfly, … Continue reading Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 28: Iwata City & Fukuroi City