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Japan Rail Green Pass

The Green Pass is a first-class JR Pass which offers additional benefits. Discover more about the Green Pass and reserve yours online,

Ride the Shinkansen in First Class

The Green Pass stands for a First class ticket, which allows you to access the most comfortable and spacious seating areas on all Shinkansen bullet trains and certain fast lines.

In addition to all of the advantages the Japan Rail trains have to offer, you'll enjoy an extra level of comfort similar to travleing on an airplane, as you travel at speeds of over 320 km/h

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Following are the seating area specifications, which make for an unforgettable journey:
  • Wider and softer lazy-boy style seats
  • 40° seat reclining angle
  • Multi-angle footrest.
  • Larger legroom & luggage space
  • Extra peace and quiet
  • Larger windows
  • Travel magazine
  • Less waiting in lines
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Note:
The JR West’s Hikari Rail Star train does not offer Green Car seats. However it does operate on a 2-2 seat layout for the seating spaces booked in advance. It is important to understand the trains are all operated by different JR Companies, which means the on-board services and train designs differ from one another. Many passengers see this as one of the biggest advantages the JR Pass has to offer, as you get to experience the diversity of trains while traveling limitlessly around all of Japan.

Benefits of the JR Green Pass

Buying the Green Pass is ideal for the busy months in Japan, particularly the high season between April and August and the Christmas period. Cherry Blossom, Golden Week, Obon and New Year's Eve are very popular dates to visit Japan due to the endless colorful festivals and national celebrations that attract many Japanese visitors, as well as tourists from all over the world.

The Green Cars on all trains are indicated by a Green Clover on the side of the 1st class carriage, just by the entrance doors. Usually, the doors are located on the front of the trains, so they are always easy to find.

Plush seating

Plush seating

Spacious train cars

Spacious train cars

Complimentary oshibori

Complimentary oshibori

Free drinks & magazines

Free drinks & magazines

JR Green Pass VS Ordinary

Below you will find a detailed comparison table to better understand the differences between the Green and the Ordinary class of the Japan Rail Pass.
Green Pass VS Ordinary
TrainsAccommodationsGreenOrdinary
“NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen (*1) Green Car - -
Ordinary Car - -
“HIKARI”, “SAKURA”, “KODAMA” and “TSUBAME” trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen and any trains on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu and Nagano Shinkansen. Gran Class (*2)
Green Car (*3)
Ordinary Car
Ordinary Private Compartment
Limited express and ordinary express Green Car (*4)
Ordinary Car
Ordinary Private Compartment
Sleeping Car
Local and rapid trains Green Car
Ordinary Car