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Ordinary or Green Class?

about 1 year ago
31 responses

Hello Daniel,

We will be ordering the JR Pass soon and need guidance if the "Green Class" or "Ordinary" is best for our traveling. We are a family of 5 (4 adults and a 13 year old). Can you please give me your advice?

  • Does the "Ordinary" have reserved seats available or is it just the "Green Class"? On different days, we will be traveling from Tokyo to Kamakura (and back to Tokyo), Tokyo to Osaka, Osaka to Hiroshima (and back to Osaka) and Osaka to Kyoto (and back to Osaka), Since those are long rides, I wanted to make sure that we had a seat. We will be traveling with luggage on two occasions.

  • With the "Green Class", is reserved seating available for all rides or just some? Can we use the "Green Class" if we do not have reserved seats or we will have to use the "Ordinary"?

Thank you,


16610 posts
about 1 year ago

Hi Mary,

Both ordinary and Green Class have reserved seats, though this can depend on what train you travel on. Trains rarely sell out and you will be able to get a seat in either option if you reserve your seats a day or so in advance before travel.

A note on Green Class, all seats are served, this way everyone of pays for Green car is secure of seating. As such, you have to go to the ticket window before departure and get seat reservations, these are free. You can also take a non-reserved ordinary seat anytime, for instance if you are in a hurry.

Hope this helps,

31 posts
about 1 year ago

Thank you for the information!

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