Tokyo, a city pulsating with the vibrant energy of anime and art, offers a delightful surprise at your feet—newly installed manhole covers featuring beloved characters from the Sailor Moon series. Embark on a journey through Minato Ward, where Sailor Moon enthusiasts can revel in spotting these charming designs, each a nod to iconic locations and characters from the beloved series.

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Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask

Kick off your Sailor Moon manhole-cover hunt at the entrance to the legendary Azabu Juban shopping street. This bustling area, frequented by Usagi and Tuxedo Mask in the series, now hosts a delightful depiction of the duo right by the exit of Azabu Juban Station.

Azabu Juban shopping street offers a captivating blend of traditional charm and modern flair. Lined with a diverse array of shops, cafes, and eateries, this bustling thoroughfare exudes a vibrant atmosphere beloved by locals and visitors alike. From quaint boutiques showcasing artisanal crafts to trendy boutiques offering the latest fashion trends, Azabu Juban caters to every taste and preference. Wander through its narrow lanes, and you’ll discover hidden gems, delectable treats, and a glimpse into Tokyo’s dynamic urban culture.

Address: 2-1 Azabu Juban

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Sailor Venus

Continue your shopping excursion toward the Keio Naka-dori shopping street and encounter your favorite Sailor Senshi. Just a brief stroll from Mita or Tamachi Station, discover the Sailor Guardians gracing the area beneath the Keio Naka-dori entrance’s arch. Against a sunny yellow backdrop, reminiscent of Sailor Venus’ color palette, this design pays homage to the series’ roots, including scenes from Naoko Takeuchi’s prelude, Codename: Sailor V.

Keio-Nakadori Shotengai, a bustling shopping street, serves as a vibrant thoroughfare connecting JR Tamachi Station and Toei Mita Station with Sakurada-dori in Tokyo. Lined with a plethora of eateries and cozy pubs, this narrow alleyway buzzes with activity, particularly during lunchtime when it becomes a bustling hub for students and office workers alike. The allure of this lively shopping quarter, nestled amidst the pulse of daily city life, adds another layer of charm to the vibrant tapestry of Mita.

Address: 5-20 Shiba

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Sailor Mercury

Proceed towards Shiba Park to encounter the five Sailor Guardians against a royal blue backdrop, reminiscent of Sailor Mercury’s color scheme. The manhole cover resides opposite the Minato Library. As you explore Shiba Park, recall that Sailor Venus once attended Shiba Koen Junior High School, adding an extra layer of nostalgia to your stroll.

If you follow the order in this post, before you arrive at Minato Library you’ll encounter Zojoji Temple. Zojoji Temple, the primary temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region, stands gracefully adjacent to Tokyo Tower. Within its tranquil grounds, visitors encounter a blend of impressive structures alongside the solemn mausoleum of the Tokugawa family and a modest museum. While most of Zojoji’s edifices are modern reconstructions, the resilient Sangedatsumon Gate endures as a testament to its storied past, surviving centuries of fires, earthquakes, and conflicts since its construction in 1622.

Originally established in 1393, Zojoji was relocated to its current site in 1598 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who designated it as the family’s ancestral temple. The family’s mausoleum, nestled at the rear of the complex, houses the final resting places of six Tokugawa shoguns. Exhibits feature documents and a video detailing the mausoleum’s construction, accompanied by a meticulous 1:10 scale model depicting its former grandeur before sustaining severe damage during World War II.

Address: 3-2-25 Shibakoen

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Sailor Jupiter

Walk for few minutes and you’ll arrive at the fourth manhole. Positioned before Shiba Water Station and the Dutch Embassy, a heartwarming illustration depicts the five girls in a V formation against a lush green background, reminiscent of Sailor Jupiter’s signature color.

Shiba Water Station serves as a central hub for distributing tap water in case of a significant earthquake or water supply disruption. This is also one of the best spots to capture Tokyo Tower, and to visit it, if you keep following the road from here.

Tokyo Tower, an iconic symbol of the city’s skyline, rises majestically above the bustling streets of Tokyo. Standing at a height of 333 meters, this steel structure captures the imagination of visitors with its elegant design and panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. Originally built in 1958, Tokyo Tower continues to charm locals and tourists alike, offering observation decks, shops, and restaurants within its gleaming framework. Whether illuminated against the night sky or gleaming in the sunlight, Tokyo Tower stands as a timeless emblem of Tokyo’s vibrant energy and modernity.

Address: 3-6-7 Shibakoen

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Sailor Mars

Leaving Tokyo Tower, walk towards Roppongi passing the new Azabudai shopping complex. Azabudai Hills stands as the culmination of a 35-year urban revitalization endeavor, born from the collaborative efforts of government entities, private enterprises, and the local community within Tokyo’s Minato Ward, specifically spanning the Toranomon, Azabudai, and Roppongi districts.

Comprising three towering skyscrapers, including Japan’s tallest (albeit shorter than both Tokyo Tower and Tokyo SkyTree) at 64 stories and 330 meters—the esteemed Mori JP Tower—Azabudai Hills harmoniously integrates a diverse array of residential, commercial, and hospitality offerings. Beyond its impressive skyline presence, the enclave hosts an array of amenities, including commercial facilities, an international school, preventive healthcare centers, and public squares. A dynamic retail landscape boasting approximately 150 shops caters to every taste and preference, spanning culinary delights, fashion trends, artistic endeavors, and wellness pursuits.

Before you reach Roppongi, take a left turn to marvel at the Sailor Guardians adorned in traditional kimono attire, located in front of Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin Elementary School and Kindergarten. This scene pays homage to T.A. Jogakuin, the school attended by Sailor Mars, explaining the fiery red backdrop of the design.

Address: 5-6-14 Roppongi

You’ve done the pilgrimage

Congratulations, you’ve visited every Sailor Moon manhole at this point, and walked for about one hour and half through Minato Ward. Now you have few options, as Minato Ward offers a lot more to explore! You can explore Roppongi and its gardens and shopping complexes, or wander to more hidden gems close by, such as Shibaura, Shiodome or Toranomon. Nogi Shrine, Nezu Shrine, Akasaka Hikawa Shrine and Atago Shrine are within thirty minutes walking distance from your end point.