A lamppost maybe the least of things one sees everyday. Except maybe when it has busted bulb that we notice its existence. Or it belongs to the humungous and extravagant ones in Shanghai. My fascination with lampposts started when we visited Nakano Broadway on the second day of the new year. While looking around, I noticed that small streets and alleys along the main covered walk have different lamppost designs. Since then I always search for a unique or interesting lamppost whenever I have the chance.


Kasairinkaikoen in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo


Lamppost Designs at Nakano Broadway 

Here are a few of the designs from Nakano Broadway streets. Despite the chaotic arrangement of signages and electrical wirings, the beauty of the lamps is something to appreciate.

Historical Lampposts

Japan has high regard when it comes to preserving its history, culture, and traditions. Even in a modern metropolis like Tokyo, one can still find centuries old-structures like temples and shrines. The government does not only maintain the original structures of the main buildings but also gives attention to minute details surrounding them. Here are some of the lampposts from Japanese famous tourist areas.


Toshogu Shrine, Ueno


Tomioka Hachiman Shrine, Monzen-Nakacho, Tokyo


Meiji Shrine, Harajuku


Lamppost in Japan
Near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa



Gora Park, Hakone


Chinatown, Yokohama


Chinatown, Yokohama



Contemporary Lamppost Designs

Aside from its rich traditional and cultural roots, Japan is also recognized for its modernity and technology. Big cities like Tokyo and Yokohama are at par to western cities when it comes to urban design. In addition to the usual oval-shaped street lamps, one can also find beautifully-crafted lampposts that contribute to the identity of the area.

Marunouchi, Tokyo


Edogawa, Tokyo


Edogawa, Tokyo


Nihombashi, Tokyo


Sakuragicho, Yokohama


Ishikawacho, Yokohama



Basamichi, Yokohama


Hakonemachi, Hakone


Odawara, Kanagawa

This is it for now. Hope next time you walk around your area or visit a new place, you would also notice the beautiful lamppost lighting your path.