Ticketing

Types of Tickets

  • A basic fare ticket is necessary for all train travel.
  • For traveling on a Shinkansen (bullet train) or a Limited Express train, you need to purchase a super (limited) express train ticket in addition to a basic fare ticket. (When you will use a reserved seat, a super (limited) express reserved seat ticket is required. When you will use a non-reserved seat, a super (limited) express non-reserved seat ticket is required.)
  • To travel in a Green Car (first class) of a Shinkansen or Limited Express train, you will need a super (limited) express ticket and a Green Car reserved seat ticket in addition to a basic fare ticket.
  • To travel in GranClass of a Shinkansen, a super (limited) express ticket and a Green Car reserved seat ticket (GranClass) are required in addition to a basic fare ticket.
  • To travel in a Green Car (first class) of a Rapid train or Local train, you will need a ticket for a Green Car seat on a Local train in addition to a basic fare ticket.

The Shinkansen (the E5 is pictured)

The Shinkansen (the E5 is pictured)

The limited express (the Narita Express is pictured)

The limited express (the Narita Express is pictured)

Rapid and local trains (the JR Yamanote Line is pictured)

Rapid and local trains (the JR Yamanote Line is pictured)

Shinkansen/Limited Express Trains

Icon guide: Green Car Green Car GranClass GranClass

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

Rapid-service Train & Local Train

Car and Seat Type Ticket Type
Ordinary Car Reserved Seat Reserved Seat Ticket
Non-Reserved Seat Basic fare ticket only
Green CarGreen Car (first class cars) Reserved Seat / Non-Reserved Seat Ticket for a Green Car seat

Note: All seats of JR EAST trains are non-smoking.

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Car Type

The interior of an E5 GranClass car

GranClassThe interior of an E5 GranClass car

The interior of an E5 Green Car

Green CarThe interior of an E5 Green Car

The interior of an E5 Ordinary Car

The interior of an E5 Ordinary Car

Riding Ordinary Cars on Shinkansen and limited express trains
Riding Ordinary Cars on Shinkansen and limited express trains
Riding Green Cars on Shinkansen and Limited Express trains
Riding Green Cars on Shinkansen and Limited Express trains
Riding Shinkansen GranClass
Riding Shinkansen GranClass
Riding local trains
Riding local trains
Riding Green Cars on rapid/local train (reserved or non-reserved seat)
Riding Green Cars on rapid/local train (reserved or non-reserved seat)

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Fare Classifications

Adults and children are classified as follows.

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

Fares and Charges for Children

  • Children's basic fare, super (limited) express, express and reserved seat tickets are 50 % of the adult price.
  • Green Car tickets and some supplemental tickets are the same as the adult price.

Fares and Charges for Infants and Babies

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

  1. When three or more infants accompany one adult or a child (tickets are required for the third and any additional infants).
  2. When an infant or baby occupies his or her own reserved seat, Green Car seat or berth, etc.
  3. When an infant travels alone.

Enjoy Eastern Japan by Train

Enjoy Eastern Japan by Train

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As of August 2014.