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Etiquette on the Shinkansen: Things to Avoid

August 30, 2023

Etiquette on the Shinkansen: Things to Avoid

Traveling on the Shinkansen is a comfortable and efficient way to journey across Japan. However, maintaining proper etiquette ensures a pleasant experience for everyone on board. Let's take a look at some behaviors you should avoid during your Shinkansen ride:

Speaking Loudly

Engaging in conversations is fine, but be mindful of your volume. Speaking too loudly can disturb fellow passengers who are trying to rest or work.

Talking on Your Phone While Seated

In Japan, using mobile phones for calls inside train carriages is considered impolite, and the same applies to the Shinkansen. However, talking on your phone is allowed in designated areas like the decks. If you frequently receive calls, it's a smart move to choose a seat closer to the decks or the aisle on the Shinkansen.

Using Your Laptop Vigorously

If you're working or watching a movie on your laptop, remember to type softly. Loud and forceful typing can be distracting to those nearby who are trying to relax.

Reclining Without Consideration

It's tempting to recline your seat to relax, but make sure to check your surroundings first. Suddenly reclining your seat without giving a heads-up to the person behind you can be quite discomforting for them.

Leaving Trash Behind 

One of the absolute "No-Go" behaviors is leaving trash on the seat when disembarking. Let's make sure the next passenger enjoys a clean seat too. Most Shinkansen platforms have multiple large trash bins, making it convenient to dispose of your own trash immediately after getting off the train.


Showing respect for your fellow passengers creates a more enjoyable journey for everyone. Keep these tips in mind the next time you hop on the Shinkansen!

Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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