Detective Pikachu’s Ryme City made us really bummed that Pokémon aren’t real or populating our cities. Even though we can catch them all in
— ねこみや/埼玉 (@PokemonGo_neko) August 14, 2019
— ぽけもん小僧 (@Pokemon_Kozo) August 10, 2019
Besides being absolutely adorable, these manhole covers are also encouraging tourists to explore more of Japan. Instead of being in highly populated cities, these manhole covers will be placed in lesser-known areas to encourage exploration. Hopefully, people will discover the rich history and adventures of these areas, as a result of their Pokémon-searching journey. Oh, and besides snapping a picture for Instagram, these manhole covers will also serve as Pokémon Go hotspots! A win-win situation all around.
The Pokémon Local Acts project is hoping to roll out more manhole covers around Japan in the near future. For now, you can check out the current manhole covers’ locations on the official project website. We’re hoping that in the future a Clefairy or Cubone cover will pop up near Mt. Fuji.