Japan travel

Travelling in Japan: buying a Suica card

It took us 3 visits to Japan to finally buy Suica cards. To be honest, for some reason I thought the process of buying the card will be more complicated. Ha! I couldn’t be more wrong. 

What is Suica?

It’s a prepaid, rechargeable card (IC card) that can be used to pay fares on public transportation (bus/train/metro – like Myki, GoCard or Opal in Australia) or to pay for goods at a large number of shops, restaurants and vending machines. There are many operators issuing IC cards across Japan – Suica is issued by JR East but can be used country-wide.

Why should you buy one?

For convenience! It takes less than 30 seconds to purchase a new card and saves you time later on – you don’t have to buy a paper ticket every time you use metro, train or bus. And also, you don’t have to worry which ticket you need to buy as the fare is automatically deducted from your Suica.

Buying a Suica card is very easy

Look for machines marked “Suica | Buy a new Suica/Charge“. You don’t need to know Japanese, all the instructions are available in English.

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