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JAPAN 2012 HIGHLIGHTS

We began our trip with a journey on a Shinkansen (Japan's infamous bullet trains which run at speeds of up to 300km per hour), from Tokyo to the original capital of Kyoto, where we stayed at the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, which is situated in the heart of the city’s modern ‘new town’. Celebrated as one of the world’s most culturally rich cities, and as the Emperor's residence from 1794 until 1868, Kyoto is the stage on which much of Japanese history was played out. Despite the modernisation of the now 7th largest city in the country, there still remain 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shintō shrines. During our two days in Kyoto, we visited...

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