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Tokyo – made up of places like Shinjuku, Asakusa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Akihabara, and Ginza – is at the heart of the Kanto region. This region is made up of 7 prefectures: Kanagawa, which is home to Yokohama; Chiba, which has Narita Airport, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Kamogawa SeaWorld; Saitama, where nature-blessed Chichibu lies; as well as Gunma, Tochigi, and Ibaraki.Other than Yokohama, it is recommended to visit Hakone, where you can explore hot springs and Mt. Fuji, and Kamakura, which has several Buddhist shrines and temples, as well as beautiful flower scenery that follows the seasons.Facing the vast ocean, Chiba is a place where you can enjoy water activities like sea bathing, surfing, and jet skiing at areas like the iconic Kujukuri Beach. If you’re looking to take things easy on your trip, why not travel around on local trains like the Choshi Electric Railway, Isumi Railway, or the Kominato Railway?When visiting Saitama, it is recommended to visit Kawagoe, where you’ll find streets filled with merchant stores and ancient mud storehouses, as well as the Railway Museum that’ll let you experience maneuvering a train for yourself! Surprisingly, it is home to a lot of cities and towns that were used as the settings of Japanese cartoons (anime) and comic books (manga). Many tourists like travelling to these sorts of places.Enjoy a bunch of outdoor activities at Gunma, such as mountain climbing, hiking, camping, rafting, and even skiing or snowboarding in the winter! Not only are there lots of hot springs, but there are also over 100 hot spring areas that you can stay at in the prefecture, including Kusatsu, Ikaho, Minakami, and Shima. In particular, Kusatsu Onsen is known as one of Japan’s top three hot springs, having the largest water output in all of Japan. Yubatake (hot water field), which is the symbol of Kusatsu, and yumomi (method of reducing the temperature of the hot spring water without diluting it with cold water) are some of the many must-see things here.Tochigi is also filled with hot spring spots like Kinugawa Onsen, Shiobara Hot Springs, and Nikko Hot Springs. The World-Heritage Shrines and Temples in Nikko, including Nikko Toshogu Shrine, are sights that can’t be missed! Lake Chuzenji, which is also in Nikko, is a beautiful place where you can gaze at the fantastical sight of the mountains reflected on the lake surface. Though this area is lovely in every season, its fall leaves are particularly famous. On the way to the lake, don’t miss out on the amazing fall view at Iroha-zaka Slope! Near the lake, you’ll find Kegon Falls, and near its basin, you’ll find an observatory deck. Watching the water drop 97m off a cliff will leave you astounded.The nemophila fields of Hitachi Seaside Park, which are increasingly becoming popular as a photo spot on social media, can be found in Ibaraki. Known for its dedication to agriculture, it is Japan’s most prominent melon producer. You can even harvest melons and try them on the spot at various farms from May till July! If you’re coming in the winter, you ought to try the delicious ankou-nabe (anglerfish hot pot), which uses anglerfish. Though grotesque in appearance, it is filled with collagen and low in calories. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to try it elsewhere!If you go a little further than Tokyo, you’ll find many more areas filled with hot springs and nature.

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