How to Ride in the Green Car of Shinkansen at a Discount

The Shinkansen is a comfortable ride, but the Green Car is even more so. However, the price is also a bit expensive. The normal fare for a one-way trip between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka is 19,590 yen. This is about 5,000 yen more expensive than the standard car.

Use “EX Green Early Special” or “EX Kodama Green Early Special

You can use the “EX Green Early Special” and “EX Kodama Green Early Special,” which are low-cost tickets on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Internet reservation service “Smart EX,” to use the Green Car at a discount price.

Especially, “EX Kodama Green Early Special” offers a high discount rate of approximately 30-40% off (depending on the section).

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If you have a discount coupon, you can make a reservation and purchase tickets online at a discount price.

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Using Shareholder Discount Coupons

The shareholder discount coupons of JR companies also cover green tickets.

For example, JR Tokai offers a two-for-one discount for two shareholder discount tickets. The cost of a green car ticket between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka is 15,670 yen. If you purchase the shareholder special benefit ticket at a ticket store, the actual price is about 17,670 yen, since two tickets cost about 2,000 yen each.

Use “Platte Kodama

The “Platte Kodama Economy Plan” product sold by JR Tokai Tours offers a discount of approximately 37% on the Green Car of the “Kodama” train (depending on the section).

Use Tours

For example, JR East’s “View” tour offers the option of a green car.

Depending on the tour, the fare from Tokyo to Sendai is an additional 2,500 yen, etc. The normal green car fare from Tokyo to Sendai is about 4,000 yen, so the discount is about 4 yen. The normal green car fare from Tokyo to Sendai is about 4,000 yen, so this is a discount of about 4 yen.

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