The Kanto region 関東地方

  • Published on : 05/05/2020
  • by : J.R.
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Kanto, the most populated region of Japan

A major region of Japan, home to the megalopolis of Tokyo and Yokohama, the Kanto region alone concentrates almost a third of the Japanese population! Very industrialized but also very touristy with countless places to visit and see, Kanto is an essential region to visit.

Where is the Kanto located?

 

Kanto, which is an unofficial geographical division, lies between the Tohoku region in the north and the Chubu region in the east. It is made up of seven prefectures: Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama, Tochigi, and Tokyo. The largest cities in the region are Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki, Saitama, and Chiba.

 

The Kanto extends south to Hakone, north to the city of Nasu. To the east, it is bordered by the Pacific Ocean at the prefectures of Chiba and Ibaraki. The region extends over more than 32,000 km2 and is home to approximately 43 million people. Kanto means "east of the barrier ".

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The Kanto region

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