Green Pass First Class

See prices for children ( ages 6 - 11 )

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


  • 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

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.

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 Years 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

Spacious train cars

Complimentary oshibori

Free drinks & magazines

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
“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 expressGreen Car (*4)
Ordinary Car
Ordinary Private Compartment
Sleeping Car
Local and rapid trainsGreen Car
Ordinary Car