Island
Honshu
Largest City
Tokyo
Population
42,607,376

Kanto

Come for Tokyo, stay for the rest

Most people will come to Kanto for Tokyo but the region has other talents that are well worth setting aside some time to explore.

Kanto is a region on the eastern side of Japan’s main island, Honshu, and is the most urban and densely populated area in the country.

At the heart of the Kanto region lies the sprawling Tokyo megalopolis, extending all the way outwards from Tokyo Bay to the surrounding mountains that make up the regional border. The majority of visitors to Japan will arrive via Tokyo Narita Airport, which is actually located in Chiba prefecture about 60 kilometers east of the capital and where you’ll also find Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.

Just south of Tokyo lies Kanagawa prefecture, which includes the cosmopolitan port city of Yokohama, as well as the historical coastal town of Kamakura. Hakone, with its many onsen (hot spring baths) and beautiful views of nearby Mount Fuji is a popular romantic getaway.

Further to the north, the mountains of Gunma prefecture offer a great range of outdoor activities from skiing in the winter to white water rafting in the summer. The ancient shrines and temples of Nikko in neighbouring Tochigi prefecture are a designated World Heritage Site. Autumn in Nikko is world-famous for its spectacular koyo or changing colors of the leaves.

The Kanto region also includes a number of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean. The largest of the Izu islands, Izu Oshima, can be reached in under 2 hours by high-speed jetfoil from Tokyo. For a seriously remote experience, it’s a 25-hour ferry ride to the subtropical Ogasawara Archipelago for breathless vistas and a spot of sunset whale watching.

Destinations in Kanto

Chiba prefecture boasts a dynamic and dramatic coastline.

Chiba

There’s a lot more to Japan’s international gateway than you might expect.

Takaragawa Onsen, Gunma Prefecture

Gunma

Within toe-dipping distance of Tokyo, Gunma's onsen haven is the perfect bathing escape.

Fukuroda Falls, Ibaraki

Ibaraki

Full of interesting sights, Ibaraki prefecture should natto be underestimated.

Yokohama is Tokyo's chic and cosmopolitan neighbor.

Kanagawa

Kanagawa offers much more than just a convenient location.

Flower-viewing at Hitsujiyama Park, Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture

Saitama

If you’re looking for a no-hassle escape from the city, Saitama is the place to run to.

Wisteria in Tochigi Prefecture

Tochigi

Heavyweight cultural heritage combined with a breathtaking natural landscape.

People eating and drinking in Yurakucho Tokyo Japan.

Tokyo

From glittering skyscrapers to rickety ramen shacks, Tokyo is a dazzling mix of the ultra modern and traditional.