Japan is a hugely popular travel destination – blessed with fascinating natural and cultural treasures. Many of Japan’s main sightseeing areas are connected by high-speed bullet trains – known as Shinkansen – which are operated by Central Japan Railway Company (JR central). These trains are world-famous for their unparalleled punctuality, comfort and safety.

Shinkansen are one of Japan’s greatest technological achievements. If you’re visiting Japan, a ride on a bullet train will give you a great memory that lasts a lifetime!

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Must-see destinations

Among the many sites accessible by the Shinkansen, be sure to include a visit to these unique destinations on your tour:

Tokyo: always surprising

Take in the famous Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo’s metropolitan region is the largest population center in the world, and home to towering skyscrapers, ancient art and lovely cherry blossoms. What was once a small castle town has become one of the world’s great capitals— offering visitors an unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture, dining and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Kyoto: atmospheric and sublime

Don’t miss the famous cherry blossoms

Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures abound in this ancient and wonderful city. Kyoto is full of cultural, artistic, and nature-related eventsIntangible traditions, carried down through the local people, form a part of the city’s living culture. And no trip to Kyoto would be complete without visiting some of its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Next stop: Osaka

Osaka is about only 2.5 hours Shinkansen ride from Tokyo but has a very different personality to Japan’s capital city. Hop off the bullet train into an area of exciting nightlife, delicious food and straight-talking, friendly locals. Along with plenty of shopping and modern attractions, Osaka also has a fascinating historical side, the highlight of which is the castle in Osaka. Find out more about touring Japan by rail here