KANTO

Kanto Japan - Guide to Kanto region Japan includes Kanto cities, Kanto attractions, Kanto Map and Kanto Hotels. The Kanto region of Japan includes Tokyo city and surrounds.

The Kanto (関東) region of Japan, on the eastern side of the main island Honshu, is a broad plain dominated by and nearly synonymous with the mega city of Tokyo and its suburbs.

Understanding Kanto

In feudal times, Kanto was the home of the Tokugawa shogunate and Edo (modern Tokyo) the military seat of power, while the western region of Kansai represented commerce (Osaka) and culture (Kyoto). But the pendulum shifted decisively in Tokyo's favour after the 1869 Meiji Restoration when the Emperor moved to Tokyo, and today Kanto sets the pace that the rest of Japan tries to follow.
 

KANTO PREFECTURES MAIN CITIES

Following are the Kanto Prefectures and their capital cities.

KANTO PREFECTURES

Chiba Prefecture

Chiba Prefecture
Chiba Prefecture is to the east of central Tokyo, but includes part of the greater urban area of Tokyo and particularly the main international airport for Tokyo: Narita Airport. The capital ...

Gunma Prefecture
Gunma Prefecture is in the mainly mountainous region of north western Kanto. The capital of Gunma Prefecture is Maebashi. Gunma Prefecture attractions include Onsen (hot springs) and ski res...

Ibaraki Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture
Ibaraki Prefecture is along the eastern coastline of the main island of Honshu in the Kanto region. The capital city of Ibaraki Prefecture is Mito, which is famous for Kairakuen, one of the...

Kanagawa Prefecture

Kanagawa Prefecture
Kanagawa Prefecture is in the southern Kanto region of Honshu. The capital of Kanagawa Prefecture is Yokohama, thus part of Kanagawa Prefecture is in the greater urban area of Tokyo. Kanagaw...

Saitama Prefecture
Saitama Prefecture is in the Kanto region and most of the prefecture forms part of the greater urban area of Tokyo. The capital of Saitama Prefecture is Saitama City. Saitama Prefecture attr...

Tochigi Prefecture

Tochigi Prefecture
Tochigi Prefecture is in the Kanto region on the island of Honshu, Japan. The capital city of Tochigi Prefecture is Utsunomiya. Utsunomiya is famous for its many delicious gyoza specialist...

Tokyo Prefecture

Tokyo Prefecture
Tokyo Prefecture is unusual in that it is the same as Tokyo city, the capital of Japan. Technically the capital of Tokyo Prefecture is Shinjuku....

KANTO PREFECTURE CAPITAL

Chiba

Chiba
Chiba city, to the east of central Tokyo, is the capital of Chiba Prefecture, but forms part of greater urban area of Tokyo. Chiba city is next to Tokyo Bay and close to Narita Airport. Chi...

Maebashi
Maebashi is the capital of Gunma Prefecture and is at the base of Mt Akagi on the north eastern corner of the Kanto Plain. Maebashi is only one hour from Tokyo by train. Maebashi attractions...

Mito

Mito
Mito is about 100km northeast of Tokyo in Ibaraki Prefecture. This close proximity to Tokyo, has made location Mito a satellite city of Tokyo, with many people living in Mito and working in ...

Saitama
Saitama city is only 30km north west of central Tokyo, but while being in Saitama Prefecture and being the capital of the prefecture, Saitama city is effectively part of the greater urban ar...

Tokyo

Tokyo
Tokyo: one the mega cities of the world and the capital of Japan. Tokyo represents all that is modern Japan....

Utsunomiya
Utsunomiya is the capital city of Tochigi Prefecture and while not officially considered to be part of the greater urban area of Tokyo, it effectively is. Utsunomiya is 100km north of Tokyo...

Yokohama

Yokohama
Yokohama is on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo in the Kanto region. Yokohama is effectively part of greater Tokyo area. Yokohama attractions include Yokohama Landmark ...

Author: Craig Fryer

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