Travel Tips

*Advantages of Green Car*
The JR rail Green Car offers first class seating, very popular to foreigners for its comfort and a good value. The Green Car provides spacious seats that recline, a foot rest and space to rest your legs. It also features travel magazines, larger windows, radio sets, and luggage space that are commonly known to be limited in ordinary seating areas. Additionally, certain lines cater free snacks, drinks, and oshibori wet towels. Unlike the ordinary seating areas, the Green Car is not crowded which may be appealing for those of you that want to relax, get some work done, or is travelling with family. It is a good idea to travel in Green Cars especially during busy seasons which are May, August, and September. Green Car areas are located on the train platform and on the exterior of the train, so it is easy to find. The Green Car is greatly recommended for those who want to enjoy the scenery of Japan in peaceful luxury. Some of the highest quality known Green Cars are on the JR Hokkaido Line and Kyushu Line, which may be worth an experience!


One additional perk about travelling on the shinkansen bullet trains are the ekiben, or boxed meals available on trains/train stations.  Ekiben is a culture in Japan, filled with history, art and representation of the region it was made.  Each region in Japan is known for their own types of ekiben, making it feel almost mandatory for travellers to try all ekibens.  There are even exhibition that show the many ekibens allover Japan.  Find your favourite ekiben on your JR train ride!

*Free Wifi*

Free Wifi is available on JR Hokkaido, JR East, and JR Central. Public telephones are also located in train stations. If you would like your own portable Wifi, please click here.



*Rush Hour*

Rush hours are 7:30-9:30 am and 5:00-8:00 pm. It is highly advised you do not travel in major cities, especially with your suitcases at this time.