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is booking seat compulsory

Is Booking Seat Compulsory

If have JR Green Pass. Can ticket holders hop on to train and occupy 1st Class Seat without booking?

Pass cannot use only For Nozomi & Mizuho ... Other than these 2. Plus private.... all others can . Can list those private trains not allowed?



Hi there,

Green Class is by reservation only This means you have to book the tickets beforehand. This can be done up to 5 minutes before departure (although I'd suggest taking a bit more time).

You can however use a non reserved ordinary seat without reservation, if you are really in a hurry.

I don't have a full list with lines not included, however you can use other awesome interactive map to see all lines covered and Plan with Hyperdia to only use JR lines.

I can also let you know what is covered and what not if you tell me your travel plans.

Hope this helps,


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