How to use JR-West
What type of ticket do I need to travel by train?
The type of ticket you need depends on the type of train you want to use:
Basic Fare Ticket
- ･ Required when using local, rapid, and special rapid services.
Limited Express Ticket
- ･ Required in addition to a basic fare ticket when using a Bullet Trains (Shinkansen) or limited express train.
- ･ Available for non-reserved seats or reserved seats.
- ･ Required in addition to a basic fare ticket and limited express ticket when using a green car or GranClass car or sleeper car.
Regular Basic Fare Ticket
Reserved Seat Limited Express Ticket
Non-Reserved Seat Limited Express Ticket
★Please take the seat listed here.
*Passengers with non-reserved seat limited express tickets must sit in a car marked as non-reserved seating.
*In some cases, basic fare tickets and Limited Express tickets may be sold as a single combined ticket or as two or more tickets.
*Fare tickets for higher-rank trains (Green tickets, GranClass tickets, and sleeper tickets) are issued together with Limited Express tickets.
What kind of tickets do children need?
Children from 6 to 11 years old require a children's ticket. Children's tickets cost half the price of adult tickets. However, fare tickets for higher-rank trains (Green tickets, GranClass tickets, and sleeper tickets) are the same price as adult tickets.
Children's Ticket (Basic Fare Ticket)
★This mark indicates a child ticket.
Please refer to the relevant information on children's tickets for ICOCA, rail passes, and other tickets.
What's the difference between non-reserved and reserved seats? How about green cars, GranClass cars, and sleeper cars?
Non-reserved seat does not specify the train or seat number.
Reserved seat specifies the date of travel, train, and seat number.
Green cars are a rank above reserved seating in ordinary cars. GranClass cars are a step above green cars. Sleeper cars are cars that provide sleeping facilities.
Trains with seating above the rank of reserved seating in ordinary cars require a separate train fare ticket in addition to the Limited Express fare.
Non-Reserved / Reserved Seats
What kinds of sleeper cars are there?
Sleeper cars have shared and private compartments and offer several different classes.
Is it possible to share a bed with my child when using a sleeper car?
Yes. It is possible for one adult to share a bed with one child/infant. If you purchase a separate child’s basic fare ticket and limited express ticket, your child can share the bed with you without a sleeper ticket.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets can be purchased at ticket offices and ticket vending machines in stations operated by JR-WEST and the JR Group, and at designated travel agencies. Please purchase tickets for short-distance travel from ticket-vending machines.
JR-WEST Ticket Office
Ticket vending machine
ICOCA cards can be purchased from station ticket offices within the JR-WEST ICOCA area or from IC-type automated ticket vending machines.
ICOCA purchasing display
Regarding tickets for overseas visitors, each type of ticket has different terms of purchasing.
Please refer to the relevant information for more details. (Link to Tickets for Overseas Visitors)
How do I use the ticket vending machines?
Check the price of the fare to your destination on the fare chart above the ticket vending machine. Insert your money into the machine and press the button displaying the price of your fare.
Can I use credit cards at JR-WEST ticket offices, ticket vending machines, green ticket-vending machines and ticket gates?
Yes. It is possible to use credit cards at JR-WEST ticket offices and green ticket-vending machines. Please note, however, that credit cards cannot be used for fare adjustment. You must enter your PIN number when using a credit card at a green ticket-vending machine.
What kinds of credit cards do you accept?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, UC, DC, JCB, Diners Club, CF, UFJ, and MUFG CARD.
I lost the ticket I bought. Is it possible to re-issue it? What happens if I find my lost ticket later?
Please notify either station staff or train staff in order to purchase a ticket for the same journey as the one that you have lost. (Your new ticket will be issued with a note confirming that you have lost your original ticket and have purchased a new one.) Take the replacement ticket you purchased home with you without passing through the automatic ticket gate. If you find your lost ticket within a year, bring both it and the replacement ticket to the fare adjustment office at the station. We will refund you, but a handling fee will be required.
Click here if you have lost your Japan Rail Pass.
Example: Proof of purchase of replacement ticket
Do you sell advanced booking admission tickets for Universal Studios Japan?
Yes. Tickets can be purchased from JR-WEST ticket offices at major JR stations. Advanced booking admission tickets purchased from station ticket offices in JR-WEST stations must be exchanged at the Universal Studios Japan ticket booth on the day of use.