JR Pass Green Pass
Japan Rail Green Pass is a first class ticket which allows passengers to enjoy the most comfortable and best seats on all Shinkansen bullet trains and certain fast lines.
JR Green pass allows the passengers to enjoy:
- Seats with individual radios
- More legroom
- Wider and softer reclining seats
- Bigger luggage space
- No lines
- Smoking areas
The Green Pass guarantees a spacious and comfortable seat in the air conditioned cars of all the JR lines. Travelers are encouraged to obtain the JR Green Pass in the busiest months between June and September when Japan celebrates colors festivals and national holidays.
Benefits of the JR Green Pass
The JR Green Pass entitles travelers to travel in the 'Green Car', the equivalent of our 1st class, on all Shinkansens and certain fast lines. Owning a JR Green Pass allows you to experience the best service by the on board staff including drinks and assistance while you enjoy your trip and relax in the comfortable reclining seats.
One of the perks of owning the JR Green Pass is traveling with less people, especially in the busy summer months.Normally the Green Cars are located in front of the train which allows the passengers to avoid the lines entering and exiting the train.
The speed of traveling with Green Cars is over 320 km/h as well as the newest models offer a smoking area with advanced ventilating system. All Green Car seats are reserved which allows you to have a confirmed seat on your train. For travelers who wish to enjoy an even more relaxing journey, private Green compartments can be found on certain Limited Express trains such as the "Super-View Odoriko". Japanese standards are so high that even the ordinary cars are usually perfectly sufficient. But, if you want a little more space and a bit more peace and quiet, the Green Car is a good option.
JR Green Pass VS Ordinary
|Specifications||JR Green Pass||Ordinary Pass|
|Seat Reservation||Required (Free)||Not required (Free)|
|Seat Size||47,5 cm||43,0 cm|
|Boarding||Priority (no lines)||Ordinary|
|Private Front line to the bathroom||¥||x|
|Extended luggage and leg space||¥||x|
As Japanese living standards are high even the ordinary pass allows you to travel comfortably. The JR Green Pass is increasingly more popular with foreign travelers as considering the comfort it offers, it is good value for money. If you enjoy large leg room, luggage space as well as service and entertainment during your travel we suggest the travelers on obtaining the JR Green Pass. During your trip in the Green Car on the JR Hokkaido Line, the on-board staff will offer you a small hot towel (oshibori) as well as a hot or cold drinks. You can then relax and enjoy the scenery through the large windows.
The decision comes down to the price, the ordinary passes are cheaper and allow you to travel without reservation, Green Pass will let you enjoy the most comfort.