Shinkyo Bridge during autumn in Nikko, a city in Tochigi Prefecture

Things to do in  Kanto

Japan’s economic powerhouse

Spanning the Tokyo metropolitan area and six other prefectures in eastern Honshu (Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Tochigi, Gunma, and Ibaraki), the Kantō region is, in many ways, Japan’s heartland. It’s where the modern Japanese nation emerged, through the city of Edo (that became Tokyo), and where Japan became the industrialized powerhouse it is today. Although there are fewer historical and cultural attractions here than in rival region Kansai (largely because Tokyo was so heavily bombed in World War II), Kantō more than makes up for this in the richness of its modern attractions. You’ll never be short of things to do in Kantō.

Top 15 attractions in Kanto

Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san)

As Japan's highest mountain, the legendary Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san) stands 12,388 feet (3,776 meters) tall. Travelers from around the world head to Hakone National Park to see the mountain, and over 1 million of them hike all the way to the top each year for the 360-degree views of Lake Ashi, the Hakone mountains, and the Owakudani Valley.More


The area surrounding Shibuya Station—famous for its busy streets, flashing neon advertisements, trendy boutiques, and teeming malls—ranks among Tokyo’s most energetic neighborhoods. Shibuya Crossing, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in its own right.More

Senso-ji Temple (Asakusa Temple)

Located in Tokyo's Asakusa district, the must-see Senso-ji Temple combines architecture, centers of worship, Japanese gardens, and traditional markets to offer visitors a modern look at Japan’s ancient history and culture. The ancient temple, among Tokyo's oldest, is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, and houses statues of other gods guarding gates, shrines, and halls.More

Lake Ashi (Ashi-no-ko)

In the shadow of Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi (Ashi-no-ko), is a scenic spot in Hakone National Park. Considered sacred by the Japanese, it is home to the famous Hakone Shinto shrine. Visitors come to see the shrine, take a boat out on the lake, or enjoy the many hiking trails in the area.More

Tokyo Tower

At 1,092 feet (333 meters) tall, Tokyo Tower is an impressive Japanese landmark offering 360-degree views of the city from its two observation decks. Built in 1958 from red and white latticed steel, the Eiffel Tower-inspired structure houses a wax museum, a Shinto Shrine, an aquarium, restaurants, and other entertainment spots.More

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Home to Japan’s Emperor, the Tokyo Imperial Palace occupies the site of the original Edo Castle (Edo-jō), the Tokugawa shogunate's castle, which was once the largest fortress in the world. Located in the center of Tokyo, the palace is surrounded by moats and serene gardens.More

Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu)

The Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is the most important and popular Shinto shrine in Tokyo. Dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken, in 1926, the shrine comprises buildings of worship, gardens, and a forest where each tree was planted by a different citizen of Japan wanting to pay respects to the emperor. A highlight of the shrine is the Meiji Memorial Hall, where visitors find more than 80 murals dedicated to the emperor.More

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

With a long history dating back to 1063, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is the most important Shinto shrine in Kamakura, and the spiritual and cultural heart of the city. Dedicated to Hachiman, the patron saint of samurais, the complex contains several shrines and museums, and is a popular venue for festivals, weddings, and other events.More

Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia''

At Zoorasia, a zoo in Yokohama with minimal fencing, animals live in an environment as close to nature as possible. The zoo is divided into seven different geographic and climatic zones, including Asian Tropical Forest, Japanese Countryside, and Subarctic Forest, that house animals belonging to more than 100 species.More

Tokyo Skytree

Since opening in 2012, the Tokyo Skytree has taken the title of Japan’s tallest building—and one of the tallest in the world—measuring an incredible 2,080 feet (634 meters) high. In addition to serving as a TV and radio broadcast tower, it has two observation decks affording spectacular views across Tokyo and the distant Mount Fuji.More

Mt. Fuji 5th Station

At 7,546 feet (2,300 meters), Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station affords incredible views over Fuji Five Lakes and Hakone National Park. Easily accessible by road, 5th Station lies at the midpoint of the Yoshida Trail to Mount Fuji’s summit; many hikers begin their ascent here.More


With its neon lights, towering department stores, and trendy nightclubs, Tokyo’s upscale shopping district of Ginza is a chic, cosmopolitan adventure. You can catch a Kabuki performance, check out the latest Japanese film or art exhibition, and dine at some of Tokyo’s best restaurants. And, then, of course, there’s the shopping.More

Hakone Ropeway

Tokyo’s Hakone Ropeway is the second-longest cable car in the world. Visitors come to experience the thrill of a cable car ride, with views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi along the way.More


Akihabara, also commonly known as “Electric Town,” is the go-to district in Tokyo for electronics—and a popular spot to immerse in anime and manga culture. The area’s hundreds of stores sell everything from computer parts to home goods, and north of Akihabara Station, you’ll also find video games and popular manga-related items.More

Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji Fish Market was once the largest seafood market in the world, handling more than 2,000 tons of marine products a day. Although the market wasn't originally intended to be a major tourist attraction when it opened in 1935, Tsukiji now regularly shows up on visitors’ lists of must-see destinations in Tokyo for its lively atmosphere and incredible sushi.Please note: The Inner Market and tuna auction relocated to the nearby Toyosu Fish Market in 2020.More

Top activities in Kanto

Mt Fuji and Hakone 1-Day Bus Tour return by Bullet Train (Shinkansen)
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Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone guide
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1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour
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1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour

Official Street Go-Kart in Shibuya
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Official Street Go-Kart Tour - Tokyo Bay Shop
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Scenic Spots of Mt Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi 1 Day Bus Tour
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Mt. Fuji & Hakone 1 Day Tour From Tokyo (Return by bullet train in option)
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Tokyo go Kart experience in Asakusa→Skytree→Akihabara**IDP must**
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1 Day Private Mt Fuji Tour (Charter) - English Speaking Driver
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Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour in Shinjuku
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Tokyo Private Tour by Car/Van - Guide Option Available (up to 13)
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All about Kanto

When to visit

Kantō can be a year-round destination because there’s so much to see and do here both indoors and outdoors. However, the climate for touring Kantō is generally most pleasant in spring (March–May) and fall (September–November). See cherry blossoms and other flowering trees in spring and vibrant fall foliage in autumn. Summers in Kantō are very hot, humid, and often wet. Winters are cold, and although it usually only snows once or twice a year in Tokyo or Yokohama, more snowfall can be expected in mountainous areas such as Nikko.

Getting around

Kantō includes Tokyo, Yokohama, and six large prefectures, all of which are well-connected by train, subway, bus, and Shinkansen (bullet train). Generally speaking, the closer to Tokyo and Yokohama you are, the more transport options you’ll have. As you extend further into Kantō’s hinterland, you may need to combine train and bus services to get exactly where you need. Most travelers will find trains, including the subway systems, the easiest way of getting around.

Traveler tips

While many travelers to Kantō will stick to the Tokyo and Yokohama region, this is a large geographic area, and it’s worth checking out some smaller historic towns. Kamakura, in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Nikko, in Tochigi Prefecture, are must-visit highlights that are easy to visit on a day trip from Tokyo. Lesser-known spots among international travelers include Saitama Prefecture’s Kawagoe, whose Edo-period buildings can be found on Kurazukuri Street, and the mountainous Chichibu region for hiking.

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People Also Ask

What is Kanto Japan known for?

Kantō is a Japanese region that includes the capital, Tokyo, as well as the country’s second-largest city, Yokohama. Kantō is also known for being the most populated part of Japan, with around a third of the country’s residents living here.

Why is Kanto popular?

Kantō is a popular area because it contains Japan’s capital, Tokyo, plus some of the country’s top tourist attractions, including Nikko, Tokyo Disneyland, Kamakura, and Hakone.

Is Kyoto in Kanto?

No, Kyoto is not in Kantō. Kyoto is in Japan’s Kansai region. Kantō is in eastern Honshu, while Kyoto is in western Honshu.

What does Kanto mean in Japanese?

Kantō translates “east of the border” in Japanese. Its meaning can be traced to Japan’s feudal days when present-day Tokyo and Kyoto were connected by the Tōkaidō Road. The town of Hakone was an important post station on the highway, and Kantō referred to the area east of this border.

What is the difference between Kansai and Kanto?

Japan’s Kansai and Kantō regions have many cultural, culinary, historical, linguistic, and geographical differences. Home to the capital city of Tokyo, Kantō is the country’s current administrative and economic center. Kansai, on the other hand, contains many historical and cultural treasures, including the cities of Kyoto and Nara.

What makes the Kanto region unique?

Japan’s Kantō region is unique because it’s the most populated, urbanized, and industrialized part of the country, with the country’s two largest cities—Tokyo and Yokohama—located within the region. It’s also a historically important part of the country and is considered the birthplace of modern Japan.

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