Itinerary tip: Mt. Koya
What to expect from a Green Car Pass
In a sentence: Peace and quiet.
No really, what do I get?
Look at these chairs, lovely aren’t they. The standard Japan Rail Pass is quite a ride, but a Green Car Pass is something else.
You get huge, 40° reclining, lazy-boy style seats, with so much leg room it’s a cinch to drift off into a deep snooze. You won’t have to jostle for seats at busy times as the Green Car is always uncrowded and quiet. Your personal crew even hand you oshibori wet towels and snacks, such as ice-cream on the Kyushu service!
The Green Car is a luxurious experience, but it’s also great for those travelling with families or in peak season. With its unused luggage room and empty seats the First Class tranquility creates a much less stressful travelling environment.
Seat specifics and carriage perks:
- wide, soft, comfortable lazy-boy style seat
- 40° reclining angle
- multi angle footrest
- longer legroom
- personal seat radio
- snacks on Kyushu lines
- 2-2 seat layout
- in trail magazine
- larger windows and top-deck views on non-bullet train lines
- unused luggage space
- smoking area
- little or no queues
JR West’s Hikari Rail Star do not have Green Car facilities but do operate on a 2-2 seat layout in reserved seating carriages.