Travelling on the Bullet Train
Famous for being incredibly fast and punctual, the Bullet Train, or Shinkansen, will be the method of transport for covering most of the miles on this tour. Surprisingly spacious with reclining and swivelling seats, the pleasant time aboard these elite trains is a real highlight of the tour.
Former Capital of Japan and one of the only major cities to escape the tragedies of World War II; Kyoto is one of the best preserved places in Japan. Highlights include taking a guided tour through the Gion district, where trainee Geisha are seen scurrying through the streets dressed in elaborate Kimonos and then have the chance to experience Geisha entertainment first hand – a true cultural experience and a fascinating one at that. There are thousands of temples and shrines to discover in Kyoto, one of the best known being Kinkaku-ji Temple; a stunning ‘Golden Pavilion’ that glistens in the afternoon sun, a stunning sight that is not to be missed.
An incredible, moving and thought-provoking city, Hiroshima has risen from the ashes and is a key highlight on this tour. Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, founded in memory of the nuclear attack that killed thousands and totally destroyed the city during World War II, with visual remains from the day the atomic bomb was dropped. The city has had over 60 years to recover and is now thriving and beautiful, with sculptures and monuments standing in commemoration. Hiroshima is also known for Okonomiyaki, Japanese savoury pancakes that come in a number of tasty variations, usually topped with Japanese mayonnaise and delicious Okonomiyaki sauce!"