Kanto region, on the eastern side of the Japan’s main island Honshu, is a broad plain dominated by and nearly synonymous with the megalopolis of Tokyo and its suburbs. Within its boundaries, slightly more than 40 percent of the land area is the Kanto Plain. The rest consists of the hills and mountains that form the land borders. The population in this region is about 40 million, amounting to approximately one third of the total population of Japan.
Chiba is located at the southeast of the Kanto Plain and adjacent to Tokyo. The northern part of the prefecture lies in the Kanto Plain and the southern-central part in the Boso-hanto Peninsula. A number of facilities, representative of Japan, can be spotted in the prefecture: The Narita International Airport (the gateway to Japan), the Makuhari Messe (large-scale convention center), Kazusa Academia Park, Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, and Tokyo Disneyland.
Situated to the northwest of the Kanto Plains, Gunma abounds with awesome mountains and hot spring villages. The Ashio Mountain Range lies to the east, while Mt. Nikko-Shirane-san, Mt. Hotaka-yama’s volcanic clusters, and several hot springs can be found throughout this area. Across the prefectural borders with Niigata, Fukushima and Tochigi lies Oze-ga-hara, an elevated marshland. This delightful mountainous region has inspired many celebrated poets and novelists prominent in the history of literature. In modern times, the sericulture industry flourished to produce prosperous textile towns such as Maebashi, the center of the prefectural administration, Kiryu, Isesaki, and other places.
Despite its location deep in the mountains, away from convenient modes of transportation, the name “Kusatsu Onsen” has long resonated as a hot spring having abundant healing qualities. In almost all of the many lists ranking Onsen that were made during Japan’s Edo Period (1603 – 1868), Kusatsu Onsen rated as number one in eastern Japan. Its popularity was summed up with the phrase “The hamlet of Kusatsu has the hustle and bustle of Edo (Tokyo)”. Even now, Kusatsu consistently ranks at the top of Onsen popularity surveys.
Ibaraki is located in the center of the Honshu (the main land of Japan) and about 40 km away from Tokyo. Facing the Pacific Ocean on the east, Ibaraki is divided into three parts – the mountainous area in the north, the center-to-south stretch of the Kanto Plain and the area containing the Tone-gawa River and its tributary streams.
Just south of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is situated in the southwest of the Kanto Plains and fronts on Tokyo Bay and Sagami Bay at the south. In addition to its celebrated standing as an animated district that has led the economy of Japan, Kanagawa boasts topographic variety created by mountains, rivers, and sea, with each locality colored by distinguishing history and climate.
Saitama is located in the middle of the Kanto Plain area, is blessed with an abundance of nature. Visitors can encounter beautiful scenery with clear spring waters and greenery. Apart from the mountainous northern region, and the Chichibu region, most of the prefecture consists of level ground, and it has the same warm climate as the Central Tokyo.
Situated in the center of Honshu (the main island of Japan), Tochigi is surrounded by mountains and hills in the east, west and north, and the Kanto Plains spread to the south. There are the Nasu, Takahara and Nikko volcanic clusters within the prefecture with a number of hot spring resorts scattered in and around them.