The relatively new Shizuoka City Waterworks Office is a place to visit for all true manhole covers fans!
It does have quite a few surprises for you you must not miss!
It is located about 15~20 minutes form Shozuoka JR Station. Walk straight up Gofukucho Street then turn right onto Shichikencho Street. The Office is located on your right side beyond the crossroads between Shichikencho and Showa Streets.
But before entering the building carefully check its surrounding pavements!
You will discover three unique manhole covers labelled “Shizuoka City waterworks” all installed in a single row! First one!
You will also find just next to them the cover commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu City/now Shizuoka City (2nd version with a falcon and egg plants added)!
On the pavements and street nearby you will also find valve covers of two different sizes with Sumpu Castle on them!
And another utility cover!
Once past the entrance you will be welcomed by this sign!
Take the elevator! But get out at he third floor first!
Inside the elevator a sign will inform you that the Manhole cover card depicting Manga character Chibi Maruko is not available there but at the tourism Office located on the north side of Shimizu Station!
On the third floor proceed to your left!
Follow the arrows directing you to the desk where you can pick up a Shizuoka City manhole cover card!
It represents one (there are many types!) of the covers decorated with the City flower, the holluyhock/”Tachi Aoi/たち葵 in Japanese)!
With detailed information on the back!
Go back to the elevator and get out on the 6th floor!
You can’t miss the Shizuoka City Waterworks Display Room just in front of you!
Past the entrance!
You will find all kinds of artifacts displayed! take your time!
On that particular day they held an exhibition of drawings by local elementary pupils depicting themes based on water!
Bear in mind this is only a partial but very interesting display!
An ancient dragon waterspout!
The cover commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu City/now Shizuoka City (2nd version with a falcon and egg plants added)!
A cover (there three versions) with a “Matoi/纏”, firemen Festival flag pole and swallows/ one of the emblem birds of Shizuoka City!
The cover depicting the 400th Anniversary of the coming of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu to Fuchu City before he changed its name to Sumpu City (now Shizuoka City)!
An ancient sewer pipe!
Now, you will not find this cover anywhere as it was never installed as it was discovered that the design made it slippery in case of rain! It has been replaced since then with a cover depicting three kingfisher fire rescue members!
the very recent covers depicting Chobi Maruko, the famous character of the manga of the same name created by an artist living in Shimiau Ku, Shizuoka City!
This unique cover can be found behind Cenova Department Store in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
This unique one can be found on the pavement by the north exit of Shimizu Station!
Have a nice day!
SHIZUOKA CITY WATERWORKS/静岡市上下水道局
420-0035, Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichikencho, 15-1
Opening hours: Monday~Friday, 08:30~17:30
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