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Japan's Shinkansen Goes Completely Smoke-Free

October 18, 2023

Japan's Shinkansen Goes Completely Smoke-Free

Starting in the spring of 2024, Japan's iconic Shinkansen (bullet train) services are set to undergo a significant change.
Smoking rooms within these high-speed trains will be phased out, making the entire Shinkansen network entirely smoke-free.

This transformation will affect all Shinkansen operated by JR Tokai (Central), JR West, and JR Kyushu.

The decision to make the Shinkansen smoke-free comes as a response to the growing global trend towards healthier lifestyles and a notable decline in smoking rates within Japan.
These factors have collectively played a pivotal role in the transition.

With the removal of smoking rooms, the Shinkansen will be better prepared to address passengers' emergency needs.
In cases of extended stops between stations due to weather conditions like heavy rain, each seat will be equipped with a 500-milliliter water bottle, ensuring passenger safety and comfort during such situations.

This monumental change in one of Japan's most iconic modes of transport reflects broader global trends towards healthier living.

Travelers taking the Shinkansen in 2024 and beyond can expect a cleaner, fresher, and more comfortable journey as the iconic "bullet train" embraces a smoke-free environment.

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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