Weekends in Japan: Hidden Landmarks

Never miss some of the most AMAZING ‘hidden’ landmarks in Japan!

Touring the great cities of Japan is always a blast! You’re always looking for a new angle on a snapshot of Tokyo Tower, trying to fit massive castles beautifully in your lens, or checking out some of the most breathtaking foliage on every corner. We’re so taken with what we see around and above us that we seldom look down.

As you know, Japan is unique in SO many ways, but did you know that every city is unique too? There are adorable mascots to be found on lamp posts, windows, and yes, even human-sized mascot costumes. In fact, there is an annual poll taken to find out which city’s mascot is the most popular. Some, you may never have seen before, and some you are quite familiar with.

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Photo Credit: Funassyi of Funabashi City (top), Kumamon of Kumamoto (left), Shiromaruhime of Himeji  (right)

As cute as mascots are, let’s backtrack a little. Up and down the sidewalks and streets we all know there are manhole covers. In the States, they’re usually boring and not much to look at unless you’re trying to avoid one. But, in Japan they’re colorful and depict something that represents the city you’re in. It could be a castle, a flower, or something else. Also, some cities have multiple covers.

They make a really awesome photo diary, but please be careful and be aware of your surroundings while taking pictures!

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Clockwise from top left: Chiba, Sawara, Mt. Fuji (Lake Yamanakako), Osaka

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Clockwise from top left: Matsumoto, Kyoto, Odawara, Funabashi 

So, the next time you stroll down the street, glance down and see if you can catch one of these unique covers. Check out some of the ones I found below!

A few bonus pieces of art found on the ground!

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Top Row: Odawara Bottom Row: Hakone

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