b'KYOTODISCOVER JAPAN13 DAYS FROM 4,195 POPULAR TOURAncient ceremonies meet 21st century technology in this astonishing country of contrasts. This fascinating tour helps us uncover the mysteries of Japan as we travel on high-speed bullet trains, experiencing the peace of the countryside as well as the buzz of its busy cities.THE BULLET TRAIN Shinkansen refers to the dedicated high-speed Japanese rail network that provides a link to most major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu. The name Shinkansen is also used to refer to the trains that run on the network - which are perhaps better known as Bullet Trains. Renowned for their punctuality, comfort and safety, the trains are frequent and fast, regularly running at speeds of up to 200mph. The glistening capsule-shaped carriages stand as testimony to the technological advancements of Japan and the super-fast trains connect Tokyo to major cities such as Kyoto and Osaka, carrying us from one city to another in less than three hours as we enjoy views of paddy fields and rolling hills from our comfortable, reclining seats.112 ASIA'