Buy Suica Card—Japan's Most Convenient Prepaid E-Money Card

Overview

Use the handy Suica card to enjoy cashless convenience in Tokyo! Board buses without coins, enter stations without tickets, pay for goods at stores, kiosks, or vending machines, or for services like lockers and more with just one tap.

Highlights

  • Easy pick-up at Narita/Haneda airport or in downtown Tokyo
  • Ride city trains, subways, or buses without handling tickets or cash
  • No need to calculate fares before boarding trains or subways
  • Get coupons for Matsumotokiyoshi pharmacies & Watami izakaya (airport pick-up only)

Key Information

Important Information

Collection • As of April 1, 2020, the counters at Narita Airport Terminals 1 and 2, as well as Haneda Airport, are temporarily closed • Please note that Suica card collection is only available in the Tokyo area. Please check the Location section for more details • You’ll receive an email with a QR code immediately upon booking • Present the QR code at any of the listed collection points during opening hours to collect your Suica card Suica Card Deposit & Balance Refunds: • Go to the Ticket Office at any JR East station to get the 500 JPY deposit for Suica cards issued by JR East Japan • JR deducts 220 JPY from any remaining balance for returns. However, if the balance is zero or less after the 220 JPY charge, there is no charge Refund examples: • 1,000 JPY balance: deduct 220 JPY fee, add 500 JPY deposit for 1,280 JPY refund • 100 JPY balance: deduct 220 JPY fee (negative sum rounds to zero), add 500 JPY deposit for refund of 500 JPY • 0 JPY balance, deduct 220 JPY fee (negative sum rounds to zero), add 500 JPY deposit for refund of 500 JPY Children aged five and under can travel on trains, subways, and buses for free unless they occupy reserved seats.

Description

Fumbling for loose change in an unfamiliar currency is one hassle about traveling we all wish we could avoid. If you're looking for a way to travel cashless in Tokyo, a Suica is a must. Suica is Tokyo's most widely-used prepaid e-money card that also works in several other places across Japan. You can use the card to pay for train, bus or taxi fares, purchases at convenience stores, kiosks, or vending machines and even lockers. Using a Suica is not just convenient — it also saves you money. Suica users get small discounts on public transportation, which means it's cheaper than using cash. Beyond Tokyo, use Suica on the following IC systems across Japan: Kitaca (JR Hokkaido) Suica (JR East, Sendai area) Suica (JR East, Niigata area) PASMO (Tokyo area) ICOCA (JR West) manaca (Nagoya Railways) Toica (JR Toukai) PiTaPa (KANSAI THRU PASS) SUGOCA (JR Kyushu) nimoca (Western Japan Railways) HAYAKAKEN (Fukuoka Subway) Your Suica card comes preloaded with 1,500 JPY, in addition to the 500 JPY card deposit JR East Japan charges to issue each Suica card.* One-way travel within Tokyo typically costs about 150-200 JPY. On average, expect to spend about 1,000 JPY per day on public transportation. With so many ways to use Suica, you need not worry about adding too much cash to the card, especially since you’ll be able to get your balance back before you leave Japan (see Important Information for details). *To get your 500 JPY deposit back, return the Suica card at any JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi) at a JR East station before leaving Japan.

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