Kanto

The Kanto region includes the Greater Tokyo Area and encompasses seven prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa.

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Aura Tachibana

Located just minutes from Hakone Yumoto Station, Aura Tachibana houses large public indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.  They also have private open-air baths on the roof.  The baths, coupled with an incredible view of the hillside scenery, provide the ultimate spot for rest and relaxation. Aura Tachibana is well known for its Japanese-style dinner and breakfast.  They…

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Chiba

Chiba is the prefecture to the east of Tokyo. It’s most visited by tourists to Japan as the location of Narita Airport.

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Fuji Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland is not only Japan’s most scenic amusement park (the views of nearby Mount Fuji are stunning on clear days) but also the most thrilling. All of the three main roller coasters set records when they were built: Fujiyama was the world’s tallest when built 1996, and it still ranks an impressive 8th; Dodonpa…

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Fujiya Hotel

Since 1878, the Fujiya Hotel has been renowned globally as one of the most classical resort hotels in Japan. With a reputation for incomparable hospitality and service, the Fujiya Hotel has drawn many dignitaries and celebrities from all over the world. The Fujiya Hotel now accommodates a maximum of 300 guests in 146 Western-style guest…

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Futarasan Shrine

Futarasan is really a shrine in three parts, the main part of which is next to the Tōshō-gū Shrine. The beautiful red Futarasan Shrine is dedicated to Nikkō’s mountains, in particular the long-dormant volcano, Mount Nantai, and makes up the third part in Nikkō’s World Heritage trinity. Don’t miss the sacred red Shinkyo bridge, which…

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Gora Kadan

This exclusive Hakone ryokan has a great reputation, blending modern comforts with traditional Japanese ryokan aesthetics and service. It is a member of Relais & Chateaux, a French federation of independent luxury properties. Unapologetically expensive, the Gora Kadan is the premier choice in Hakone for a luxurious ryokan stay and whether as a base for…

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Gunma

Gunma is a landlocked prefecture in the Kanto Region, famous for its many popular hot springs and scenic beauty. Among Gunma’s best known hot spring resorts are Kusatsu Onsen and Ikaho Onsen.

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Hachiman-gu Shrine

Properly known as Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū, this imposing shrine is Kamakura’s most important Shinto shrine, and on holidays and festivals this is made apparent by the happy crowds of visitors. The shrine grounds are particularly lovely, including as they do a pond (the lotus blossom in mid-summer) and Japanese-style bridges, and the wide steps leading up…

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Hakone Ginyu

Hakone Ginyu is a South East Asian inspired Japanese ryokan, perched on the steep slope of the Haya River Valley. It is a more modern ryokan: whilst offering the traditional tatami flooring and futon bedding, there is still a perceptible sense of modernity and luxury in the property’s sumptuous design. As you walk in, you…

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Hasedera Temple

Hase-dera Temple is marked by the steep stairs that wind up the slopes of one of Kamakura’s many hills, and by the thousands of Jizō statues which surround them. Despite the temple’s popularity, it remains a moving spot to visit, and we highly recommend leaving time to explore the grounds with their statues and ponds…

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Hyatt Regency Hakone

The most luxurious western hotel in Hakone, the Hyatt Regency offers its guests very spacious, tastefully decorated rooms with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The Japanese hot-spring baths, excellent in-house restaurants and complimentary drinks served during happy hour create a relaxing resort atmosphere.

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Ikaho

Ikaho Onsen is a hot spring resort nestled in the misty hills of Gunma Prefecture, about an hour by car from the Shinkansen Station at Takasaki and two from Tokyo. The forested hills behind Ikaho Onsen make up Ikaho Shinrin Koen, or Ikaho Forest Park, 224 forested hectares encompassing several small peaks, valleys, and beautifully…

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KAI Hakone

KAI Hakone is a modern-style Japanese resort ryokan with tatami-matted rooms, although there are western-style room options too. The rooms are designed to provide a peaceful retreat with modern comforts. The highlights are the traditional kaiseki cuisine featuring local Hakone dishes and the indoor/ outdoor baths with one wall open to the view of the…

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Kamakura

About 50km south west of Tokyo, the lovely seaside town of Kamakura is known for its large variety of shrines and temples, as well as a giant bronze Buddha. The Buddha, the second largest in Japan, was once housed in a grand temple, but a tsunami tore down the building in the 15th century, and…

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Kamakura Great Buddha

Kamakura’s great Buddha, or Daibutsu, is undoubtedly the town’s most famous sight and dominates the grounds of Kōtoku-in temple. The 13.35m bronze statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple building, however after being destroyed many times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries, since 1495…

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Kanagawa

Kanagawa Prefecture is found just south of Tokyo. Its prefectural capital is Yokohama and the prefecture is also home to Kamakura and Hakone, two very popular destinations near Tokyo.

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Kinnotake

One of the most luxurious ryokans in the area, Hakone Kinnotake was inspired by Japan’s famous 10th century folktale “Taketori Monogatari”, in which the beautiful and mysterious Princess Kaguya is discovered in the stalk of a bamboo plant, and eventually returns to the moon. Kinnotake boasts 10 uniquely designed rooms and suites looking out on…

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Lake Chuzenji

A short drive behind the town of Nikko proper the Nikkō national park begins, at the heart of which is Lake Chūzenji. Formed when the now extinct Mount Nantai last erupted, the lake area is refreshingly cool in the summer, and once acted as a summer residence for foreign embassies to Tokyo. There are walking…

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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

The Mandarin Oriental is one of Tokyo’s premier hotels. Located Nihonbashi, the hotel is surrounded by good restaurants and is a stone’s throw from the famous Mizukoshi department store. It provides a luxury stay in one of the world’s busiest and most exciting cities. The hotel is located on the top floors of the Nihonbashi…

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Mashiko

Mashiko is located in the southeastern part of Tochigi, and it falls in the Prefectural Nature Park which spreads across the northern reaches of the Kanto Plain. The town is known throughout Japan and the world as a production centre of pottery. The origin of Mashiko ceramics can be traced to the middle of the…

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Nikko

Nikkō is best known for its spectacular shrines and temples built during the Tokugawa Shogunate, particularly the Tosho-gu Shrine, which is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu himself. Unlike the more austere shrines in other regions, the Nikko shrines are heavily carved and brightly decorated, and bear a particularly famous painting of a sleeping cat, as well…

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Ninja Training Session

Renowned worldwide as masters of stealth combat, Ninja are a staple of martial arts movies and comics but also a very real part of Japanese history. Although there is no doubt that they trained and practiced as covert warriors in feudal Japan, Ninja also fulfilled other important roles as spies, inspectors and advisors. There remains…

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Odakyu Hotel de Yama

Odakyu Hotel de Yama is nestled on the shores of Lake Ashi, with superb views of Mt Fuji from the extensive gardens. Mt Fuji is one of those iconic images but regular visitors to Japan will tell you that it often becomes shrouded in cloud. The view is usually clearest in the early morning; staying…

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Rinno-ji Temple

Not far from the famous Tōshō-gū Shrine and the Futarasan Shrine is Rinnō-ji Temple, Nikkō’s most important Buddhist Temple. The temple dates back to the eight century, and is famed for its three statues, which are said to be Buddhist Incarnations of the native Shinto mountain deities enshrined at Futarasan Shrine, and are the largest…

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Seikansou Ryokan

Located just a short ride from the Hakone Yumoto station, this cozy small ryokan has only nine rooms, each named after a colour, which is then used for part of the interior of each room. The décor is traditional Japanese and pleasant, making your stay as relaxing as possible. The rooms have futon beds –…

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The Prince, Hakone

Surrounded by the rich natural beauty of Hakone, the Hakone Prince Hotel provides stunning views of both Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi. In addition to indoor and outdoor hot springs baths, the hotel boasts a summer season swimming pool and a winter season skating rink, as well as tennis courts and numerous other facilities. The…

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The Taya Caves

From roughly between the years 1200 to 1700, Shingon Buddhist monks excavated an underground maze of tunnels behind Josenji Temple near Kamakura as a site for spiritual training. Dark, silent corridors lead to small, domed meditation chambers with walls and ceilings carved with fantastic creatures and Buddhist images, and on down to the spring room…

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Tokinoyu Setsugetsuka

Setsugetsuka is conveniently located in front of Gora Station and all rooms have private open-air baths with fantastic views of Mount Hakone. The Ryokan has a variety of hot spring baths, both indoor, outdoor and on your room’s balcony! Very popular with domestic tourists, it’s a wonderful place to take a break in the Japanese…

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Tōshō-gū Shrine

The Tōshō-gū Shrine is Nikko’s main attraction, and is dedicated to the first of the Tokugawa Shoguns, Tokugawa Ieyasu himself. Unlike more austere shrines elsewhere in Japan, the Tōshō-gū Shrine is elaborately carved, decorated, and gilt. Most famous of the painted carvings are those of a sleeping cat, as well as the three wise monkeys…

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Yokohama

With a population of over three million people, Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city. Yokohama’s port was one of the first to be opened up to foreign trade in 1859, and consequently it has grown from a small fishing village to one of Japan’s major ports. Yokohama has one of the world’s largest Chinatowns, with…

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