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The '''Kanto''' region (Japanese: '''{{tt|カントー地方|カントーちほう}}''' ''Kanto-chihō'') is a [[region]] of the [[Pokémon world]]. It is located east of [[Johto]], and as revealed by the {{DL|Pokégear|radio}} show {{DL|Pokémon Music Channel|Sinnoh Sound}}, is located south of [[Sinnoh]]. It was the first region to be introduced. It is the setting of the [[Generation I]] games, {{2v2|FireRed|LeafGreen}}, and [[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!|Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]]; it is also accessible in {{game5|Gold|Silver|Crystal|HeartGold|SoulSilver}} after the quest in Johto is completed.
All cities in Kanto are named after colors ([[Viridian City]], [[Lavender Town]], [[Indigo Plateau]], etc.), with the exception of [[Pallet Town]], which is also a reference to color. [[Professor Oak]] is the resident [[Pokémon Professor]] and gives [[Pokémon Trainer]]s a choice between {{p|Bulbasaur}}, {{p|Charmander}}, or {{p|Squirtle}} as their [[starter Pokémon]]. In Yellow, the only choice is a [[Red's Pikachu (game)|Pikachu]] that he recently caught, although he did have an {{p|Eevee}}. In Let's Go, Pikachu!, the player chooses Pikachu. In Let's Go, Eevee!, the player chooses Eevee. In the games, the player begins his or hertheir journey in Pallet Town and ends it at Indigo Plateau.
It is based on and named after the real {{wp|Kantō region}} (関東, meaning "east of the barrier") in Japan. Unlike almost every other region, which are specific to their own generations, Kanto has been explorable in the first four generations of Pokémon games, as well as the seventh generation. However, it is not the primary region in the Generation II and IV games it appears in, in which players explore the neighboring Johto region before exploring Kanto.
In contemporary history, {{ga|Red}}/{{ga|Leaf}} is given a Pokémon by [[Professor Oak]] for personal safety. Professor Oak also gives his grandson, {{ga|Blue}}, a Pokémon and asks Blue and Red/Leaf to help him fill the Pokédex, a complete encyclopedia on Pokémon. Thus, the journey of Red/Leaf begins. Red/Leaf travels across the Kanto region and collects all eight Gym Badges. During his/hertheir journey, Red/Leaf comes across Team Rocket, an evil organization behind wrongdoings about Pokémon. Red/Leaf stops Team Rocket and defeats [[Giovanni]], their boss as well as the Gym Leader of [[Viridian Gym]], who then disbands Team Rocket. In the meantime, Blue, who has also collected all of the Kanto Gym Badges, defeats the [[Elite Four]] at the [[Indigo League]] and becomes the champion of the Kanto region. Finally, Red/Leaf makes it up to him and defeats him to gain the title of the Indigo League Champion.
Three years later, {{ga|Ethan}}/{{ga|Kris}}/{{ga|Lyra}}, a Trainer from Johto, comes to Kanto and collects all eight Kanto Gym Badges. Ethan/Kris/Lyra is the current Indigo League Champion and has also met and defeated Red.