Traveling with the Suica card

When you’re in Japan, you’ll be relying a lot on public transportation to get around. Buying train tickets from the vending machine can be easy, but having to do it every time you board a train can be too time consuming. So what’s the solution?


To make my life easier when traveling in Japan, I got myself a Suica Card in my earlier trips. The Suica Card is a prepaid smart card (like Touch’nGo) which allows its users to travel through the different transportation networks e.g. trains and buses in Japan seamlessly. Instead of buying a ticket every time to travel, all I need to do is tap my Suica card on the ticket gate to enter and exit.

How do I get the Suica card?

You can buy a Suica card from the multifunction ticket vending machines at the train station for ¥500. I think that’s a fair price considering how the amount of time you’ll save.

How do I reload it?

Reload the Suica card at the ticketing machines, there’s an option for it. The minimum reload amount is ¥1000.

How else can I use the Suica card?

Some convenience stores and vending machines accept payments with the card. Just tap and go!

Read more about the Suica card.


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    Mohd Zarin
    December 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Nice blog. Really love the layout and contents.

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    December 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM


    What’s the different between SUICA and PASMO card? Which one is better for travelers to buy? Can SUICA be use to other railway line too?

    If I want to tour between places in Tokyo for 1 day, which is more worth it? A 1-day ticket pass or using this card?

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      December 27, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Lebih kurang je. Most lines covered by the cards. If you want to tour Tokyo for 1-day, it’s always advisable to buy the ticket passes (I’ll blog about the passes nanti). This card is good if you don’t have a specific itinerary to stick to.

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