If you go to Tokyo in Japan, why not enjoy a short trip around Tokyo? There are many attractive sightseeing spots in the Kanto Plain (Kanto Region) centering on Tokyo. In those areas you will be able to experience diverse worlds different from the city center of Tokyo. I'd like to introduce you to many recommended places in the Kanto region here.
Outline of Kanto Region
The Kanto region consists of 7 prefectures located in the Kanto plain. Its central part has developed as the Tokyo Metropolis (a vast urban area centered on Tokyo).
There are many JR railway networks and private railroads, and the trains are operated accurately in seconds. Basically, these railway networks are structured so that people can move efficiently in and around Tokyo center. The population of Tokyo Metropolis is about 35 million.
The regions in the Kanto Plain are gradually closely connected with the Tokyo that continues to expand. However, on the other hand, the areas far from Tokyo still have beautiful scenery and life culture unique to the land. And those areas are crowded with tourists from Tokyo.
Welcome to Kanto!
Now, please visit each area of the Kanto region. Where would you like to go?
Ibaraki prefecture is located in the northeast of Tokyo and faces the Pacific Ocean. In the city of Mito which is the prefectural office's location, there is a famous Japanese garden Kairakuen. And, about 2 hours by express bus from Tokyo station, there is Hitachi Seaside Park. In this vast park, there are stunning flower gardens as seen in the photo above. Various flowers are blooming throughout the year.
Speaking of famous tourist destinations around Tokyo, Kamakura and Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Nikko in Tochigi prefecture can be mentioned. Nikko has a majestic Toshogu Shrine as seen in the top photo of this page. And as you can see in the picture above there is a wonderful national park. Lake Chuzenji surrounded by mountains is really beautiful.
Gunma prefecture is located in the northwestern part of the Kanto region. Serving sericulture and textile industry in this area once, it contributed greatly to the modernization of Japan. There is Oze in Gumma Prefecture. This national park is highly recommended for hiking.
Saitama prefecture is located on the north side of Tokyo. Here are many parks and cities that you can easily visit from Tokyo. Recently popular is Kawagoe City where many old buildings of the Edo period are preserved.
Saitama prefecture is located east of Tokyo. There is Narita Airport in this prefecture. Near the airport there is Naritasan Shinshoji Temple as seen in the picture above. In addition, Mt. Nokogiriyama is also popular.
In the suburbs of Tokyo, there is MT. Takao as seen in the picture above. This mountain has won three stars with the Michelin Guide. You can easily go to the summit by cable car. There is a mysterious shrine and beautiful nature.
Kanagawa Prefecture is located in the south of Tokyo. There are many popular tourist destinations such as Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima and Hakone in this prefecture.
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Bon KUROSAWA I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.