b'ASAKUSA TEMPLE ASIAMIYAJIMA ISLAND Just off the coast of Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, also known as Itsukushima, is seen as sacred. Trees cannot be cut here and animals, including monkeys and deer, roam freely. There are a number of shrines on the island, but none more famous than the magnificent floating Itsukushima Shrine. GRAND TOUR OF JAPAN16 DAYS FROM 5,495Absorb ancient history and timeless traditions as we travel through the Land of the Rising Sun by futuristic bullet train. Sample Japanese whiskey, see magical Mount Fuji, attend an authentic tea ceremony and explore bustling Tokyo and Hiroshima as you experience the highlights of Japan.FLIGHT UPGRADES FROM 300 PER PERSON EACH WAY - SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITYTHE BULLET TRAINJapans world-famous Shinkansen trains have been making waves across the globe since their inception in the 1950s. They were the first country to realise the potential of high-speed rail travel and invested a lot of time, money and effort into turning those ideas into possibility after WWII. They have never stopped trying to improve on the design either, and nowadays some services reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, transporting us in safety and comfort to our destination in a fraction of the time it would take on British Pendolino. Bullet trains also dont experience the same delays and cancellation problems we do; the Japanese timetable is notoriously rigid, and announcements have been made in stations apologising to customers for their trains departing 20 seconds early.108 ASIA Call us on 01904 527194 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 109'