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first class vs. regular jr pass

First Class vs. Regular JR Pass

What are the advantages of a first class pass vs the regular pass? I will be travelling during Oban between Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.


Hi there,

Here is what you can expect from Green Class (1st Class):

For ticket availability during Obon: the key to getting your tickets is making reservations in advance. Doing so 2-4 days in advance will secure your seating without problem. Green Class does not give a better chance for seating but is a great option if you wish to travel in more comfort and quiet.

Hope this helps,


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