Shinkansen Bullet Train

The fastest and best-known train services in Japan are the Shinkansen. Our trip from Tokyo to Kyoto took only 1.5 hours to travel 250miles

Photo of Tokyo sunset by Peter Bloomer

After the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition in February 2008, our tour traveled by bullet train to Kyoto.


Kyoto was first settled in the 7th century and was once the capital of Japan. It has many historic temples, shrines and villas. At the same time it is thoroughly modern. Our luxury hotel was inside the new train station along with department stores and restaurants. A medical clinic was in our hotel, open to the public, and treated a few of our tour for the flu.