Bullet Trains Holidays
THE SHINKANSEN - JAPAN'S 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 186mph (300km/h). The trains offer comfortable
reclining seats and large windows and there are usually refreshment
trolleys selling snacks and beverages.
Journeys aboard these futuristic trains deliver you to cities
and rural escapes across this island nation, with highlights
Effortlessly blending the old and the new, Tokyo is a city that
defies definition. Cutting edge technology sits alongside ancient
temples, flashing neon lights, and shining skyscrapers towering
above stunning Shinto shrines.
Lying in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Hakone is a stunning area of
lakes, forests and hot springs. Take a cable car to the sulphurous
hot springs at Owakudani, then descend to Lake Ashi for a short
Having seen devastation in World War II, Hiroshima is now a symbol
of peace, a theme you can explore with a visit to Peace Memorial
Park and the A-Bomb Dome, both dedicated to the victims of the
tragic devastation of WWII.
Discover the delights of historic Kyoto, from the UNESCO-listed
Nijo Castle to the charming temples Kyoto is famed for. You could
even participate in traditional tea ceremony at the Kodaiji
Another former capital from Japan's fractured ancient history, and
home to an impressive 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Nara is also
known for it's 1,300 acre deer park.