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Yomeimon Gate in Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan

Yomeimon Gate in Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan = Shutterstock

Around Tokyo (Kanto Region)! Best things to do in 7 Prefectures

If you go to in Japan, why not enjoy a short trip around ? There are many attractive sightseeing spots in the Plain ( Region) centering on . In those areas you will be able to experience diverse worlds different from the city center of . I'd like to introduce you to many recommended places in the Kanto region here.

Outline of Kanto Region

Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji as Background, Hakone, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji as Background, Hakone, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

Map of Kanto = shutterstock

Map of Kanto = shutterstock

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?

Ibaragi Prefecture

Crowd of tourists enjoying the view of Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park,this place popular tourist destination in Japan = Shutterstock

Crowd of tourists enjoying the view of Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park,this place popular tourist destination in Japan = Shutterstock

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.

Tochigi Prefecture

Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji in autumn, Nikko, Japan = Adobe Stock

Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji in autumn, Nikko, Japan = Adobe Stock

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

Autumn in Oze highland, Gunma Prefecture, Japan = Adobe Stock

Autumn in Oze highland, Gunma Prefecture, Japan = Adobe Stock

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

The landscape of "Hitsujiyama park" where Moss Phlox blooms all over. From April to May, the hills are filled with pink and white flowers = Shutterstock

The landscape of "Hitsujiyama park" where Moss Phlox blooms all over. From April to May, the hills are filled with pink and white flowers = Shutterstock

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.

Chiba Prefecture

Tourists and Japanese walking in Naritasan Shinshoji Temple ground. The temple has a history of over 1000 years with a three storied beautiful pagoda = Shutterstock

Tourists and Japanese walking in Naritasan Shinshoji Temple ground. The temple has a history of over 1000 years with a three storied beautiful pagoda = Shutterstock

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.

Tokyo Metropolitan

Mountains View from Mount Takao, with Red Leaves = Adobe Stock

Mountains View from Mount Takao, with Red Leaves = Adobe Stock

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

The Great Buddha in Kamakura Japan.The foreground is cherry blossoms.Located in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture Japan = Shutterstock

The Great Buddha in Kamakura Japan.The foreground is cherry blossoms.Located in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture Japan = Shutterstock

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.

 

I appreciate you reading to the end.

 

 

 

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