The Kanto region includes Japan’s capital of Tokyo, as well as Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa Prefectures. The region is home to the ‘gateways to Japan’, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) and Narita International Airport.
Tokyo is one of the world’s biggest cities, and it has many different faces. There’s Asakusa which is rich with history and culture, and also Harajuku and Shibuya which are overflowing with youth culture. Shinjuku is packed with izakaya bars where you can see the different faces of Japanese people. If you head to the Suburban Tokyo area, numerous healing spots await you such as Mt. Takao, Mt. Mitake, and Okutama.
Because of Narita International Airport, Chiba Prefecture is a place could be said to be the ‘gateway to Japan’ for overseas visitors. It faces the Pacific Ocean on the east side and the Tokyo Bay in the west; its relatively temperate climate makes it a good area for production of fruit and other agricultural products, and from January to May visitors can enjoy picking strawberries. A surprisingly little-known fact is that Tokyo Disney Resort, although it bears the name ‘Tokyo’ it is actually in Chiba Prefecture.
Saitama Prefecture is located to the north of Tokyo; this area is home to the Kawagoe area where the streets of the Edo period remain, so the area is sometimes called ‘Little Edo.’ It’s easy to access, just a 1 hour train ride from Tokyo, and in recent years it has been gaining popularity. In the nature-rich Chichibu area we recommend Hitsuji-yama Park, Shibazakura (Moss Pink) Hill, and Nagatoro Boating and Rafting Down where you can enjoy beautiful valley scenery.
In Tochigi Prefecture there is the Nikko area, famous for the Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine, and Kinugawa Onsen hot springs area which represents the area. This area is just about an hour from Tokyo so it’s perfect to combine with Tokyo sightseeing.
Kanagawa Prefecture is located to the south of Tokyo; this area has Yokohama, a port town famous for its Chinatown, the old capital Kamakura where you can enjoy a tour of shrines and temples, and many other attractive areas such as the hot springs resort area Hakone. Hakone and Kamakura are strongly recommended during the fall foliage season.
In Northern Kanto, Gunma Prefecture’s Minakami Onsen, Kusatsu Onsen and Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen are famous all throughout Japan. Also, during winter many ski resorts open in this area, so it is also an area where you can enjoy winter sports.
Ibaraki prefecture is located to the north of Chiba Prefecture. Ibaraki Prefecture’s central area of Mito has Kairaku-en Park, famous for its plum trees. Every year in March a Plum Festival is held, which draws many visitors.