Ticketing

Types of Tickets

  • A basic fare ticket is necessary for all train travel.
  • In addition to a basic fare ticket, one or more of the following supplemental charge tickets may be needed.
  • For traveling on a Shinkansen (bullet train) or a limited express train, you need to purchase a super express or limited express reserved/non-reserved seat ticket in addition to a basic fare ticket.
  • For traveling on a Shinkansen (bullet train) or a limited express train in a Green Car (first class cars), you need to purchase a super express or limited express Green Car (first class cars) ticket (reserved seat) in addition to a basic fare ticket.
  • To ride in GranClass on the Shinkansen (bullet train), a GranClass ticket must be purchased in addition to a basic limited express ticket.
  • For traveling on a rapid train or a local train in a Green Car (first class cars), you need to purchase a ticket for a first class seat in addition to a basic fare ticket.

Shinkansen (Bullet Train)

Car and Seat Type Ticket Type
Ordinary Car Reserved Seat Super Express Reserved Seat Ticket
Non-Reserved Seat Super Express Non-Reserved Seat Ticket
Green Car
(first class cars)
Reserved Seat Super Express Reserved Seat Ticket
Green Car (first class cars) Ticket
GranClass Reserved Seat Super Express Reserved Seat Ticket
GranClass Ticket

Limited Express

Car and Seat Type Ticket Type
Ordinary Car Reserved Seat Limited Express Reserved Seat Ticket
Non-Reserved Seat Limited Express Non-Reserved Seat Ticket
Green Car
(first class cars)
Reserved Seat Limited Express Reserved Seat Ticket
Green Car (first class cars) Ticket

Rapid-service Train & Local Train

Car and Seat Type Ticket Type
Green Car
(first class cars)
Reserved Seat
Non-Reserved Seat
Ticket for first class
Seat on Local Train

Passengers are classified as follows

Adult 12 or older
Child 6 through 11
Infant 1 through 5
Baby Less than 1

Fares and Charges for Children

  • The discount for children is approximately 50% of the adult fare for basic fare tickets and for most supplemental charges.
  • There is no children's discount for Green Car tickets and some supplemental charges.

Fares and Charges for Infants and Babies

Infants and babies travel free except that they need child's tickets in the following cases.

  1. When three or more infants accompany one adult or a child; in this case, tickets are needed for the third and any additional infants.
  2. When an infant or a baby occupies its own reserved seat or berth.
  3. When an infant travels alone.