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first class versus normal class

First class versus normal class

It seems I cannot locate the differences between first class and normal class pass on their website. I found it once before but maybe they updated it and forgot to add it?
Anywho, does anyone know the differences? I would like to use the Shinkasen but I know that the normal class doesn't have a "walk on through" ability, or at least since I last looked a few months ago.
Thank you, your help is greatly appreciated!


Hi there,

First class, or Green Class as it is called in Japan offers more space and comfort over ordinary class. We have a blog post with all the details.

The main reason why I would consider Green Class is that it is generally a lot less people travel in Green Class and it is a lot quieter.

Hope this helps,

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