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.