Japan's Healing & Scenic Retreat | Kanto
Here are some of the representative temples and shrines in the Kanto area, including Meiji Shrine, one of the most popular spots in Tokyo. Mt. Tsukuba provides breathtaking views and hiking trails amidst lush greenery as well.
Mount Tsukuba (Tsukuba, Ibaraki)
Mt. Tsukuba is the lowest mountain in the “100 Famous Mountains of Japan” at 877m above sea level, but its almost independent peak rising in the middle of the Kanto Plain, the largest plain in Japan, has been an object of faith and was included in Japan’s oldest anthology of poetry, “Manyoshu,” compiled around the 8th century.
The unobstructed view of the distant horizon is spectacular, and the exhilaration of having the view all to yourself is unparalleled.
Kameiwa Cave ( Kimitsu, Chiba)
Kameiwa Cave in Kimitsu City, Chiba, has been attracting attention in recent years as a “little hidden” spot. It is located in “Shimizu Stream Square” in the upper reaches of the Sasagawa River in the interior of the Boso Peninsula.
Originally an artificial cave excavated for rice paddy development, it has a fantastic atmosphere, like a forgotten ruin, combined with the greenery of the surrounding trees.
*Please note that the front area of the cave is currently off-limits.
Meiji Jingu (Shibuya, Tokyo)
Meiji Jingu is a vast and majestic shrine that suddenly appears in the midst of central Tokyo. The deep forest that embraces the shrine is a “man-made forest” created about 100 years ago but is now home to 3,000 species of plants and animals, including endangered species, making it the largest healing spot in Tokyo, full of life and diversity.
Kawasaki Daishi (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
Kawasaki Daishi (Heikenji Temple) is a representative temple in the Kanto region, known for its power of Yakuyoke (warding off evil), and is commonly called “Yakuyoke no Odaishi-sama”.
During the New Year’s visit, people come not only from the Tokyo metropolitan area and the Kanto region but also from all over Japan.