Price, Where to Use: Suica Card in Japan

Price, Where to Use: Suica Card in Japan

Travel conveniently in Japan! Easily check the price and buy your Suica card Tokyo here.

The Rundown

  • The Suica IC card in Japan is a handy stored-value card that you can use to pay for transportation fares and small-value purchases in Tokyo.

  • To be specific, you can use the Suica card for your rides in the JR East line, subways, and buses in Tokyo. You may also use it to get on board the Tokyo Monorail to get to Tokyo from Haneda Airport.

  • If you’re coming from Narita Airport, you can also get the Suica card Tokyo combo that comes with a Skyliner ticket. Find more details and book the combo here.

  • As an alternative option, you may also book this budget-friendly subway pass, which will give you unlimited rides on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines for up to three (3) days!

  • For convenience, Suica card reviews are provided below.

  • This feature is part of our BEYOND ManilaxSeoul series, which provides tips and recommendations to travelers going beyond Manila and Seoul.

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Must-have in Your Pocket: Suica IC Card in Tokyo

Memorable trips are greatly defined by the ease, convenience, and comfort that one gets in their commuting experience. One of the ways you can achieve a seamless and enjoyable trip in Tokyo is by buying its designated Japan IC card called Suica. Similar to the Octopus Card in Hong Kong and NETS FlashPay in Singapore, the Suica card Tokyo allows its users to pay for transportation fares and small-value purchases in convenience stores, select dining spots, and coin lockers. This means that you don’t have to carry cash all the time (and risk losing it!) and that you get rid of the hassle of getting single-journey tickets as you make your way to Tokyo Sanrio Puroland or Tokyo Tower. The Suica card also comes in a very cute design (great reminder of your trip for when you return home!) and is also easily reloadable. More details follow below.

Where to Use the Suica Card Tokyo

Here’s a map that shows where you can use Suica as well as other Japan IC cards like ICOCA, PiTaPa, and PASMO. Image credit:  JR East

Here’s a map that shows where you can use Suica as well as other Japan IC cards like ICOCA, PiTaPa, and PASMO. Image credit: JR East

If you’re buying the Suica card Tokyo, know that you can use it to ride the JR East trains, taxis, buses, and subway. You may also use it to ride the Tokyo Monorail, which connects Haneda Airport to Tokyo. Furthermore, as shown in the photo above, users of the Suica card will also be able to access the transportation systems in Sendai and Niigata, Tokai, Hokkaido, West Japan, and Kyushu areas.

Use Suica card Tokyo for shopping! Image credit:  JR East

Use Suica card Tokyo for shopping! Image credit: JR East

Aside from transportation, you can also use the Suica IC Card to pay for your purchases in beverage vending machines, convenience stores, retail stalls, rice bowl restaurants, fast food chains, cafes, drug stores, and coin-operated lockers. In fact, you can even use your Suica card for non-transportation purchases in areas outside Tokyo so long as the store or vendo machines bear the following logos:

If you’d like to download a train network map that shows the valid areas where travelers can use Suica card, click here.

Buying Options & Price: Suica Card Tokyo

What’s one good reason to get a Suica card? Its cute design!

What’s one good reason to get a Suica card? Its cute design!

OPTION 1: Suica IC Card Tokyo

🏷 PRICE of Suica Card Tokyo: around ₱1,060 or $20.6

  • Suica card Tokyo that’s preloaded with ¥1,500.

  • Pick up at any of the following locations: Narita International Airport Terminal 1, Narita International Airport Terminal 2, Haneda International Airport International Terminal, HIS-TIC Harajuku Tourist Information Center, and Shinjuku Takashimaya Duty Free

OPTION 2: Suica IC Card Tokyo + Skyliner Ticket Combo

🏷 PRICE of Suica Card + Skyliner Ticket Combo: around ₱1,530 or $29.8

  • Suica card + Tokyo Skyliner ticket to go from Narita Airport to Ueno or downtown Tokyo

  • Pick up your Suica card at any of the following locations: Narita International Airport Terminal 1, Narita International Airport Terminal 2, Haneda International Airport International Terminal, HIS-TIC Harajuku Tourist Information Center, and Shinjuku Takashimaya Duty Free

  • Pick up your Tokyo Skyliner ticket at the following locations: Narita Airport Terminals, Nippori to Narita, Ueno to Narita

Just sharing a nice photo of @endears_o from the Instagram # 도쿄   (Tokyo)  that we’re following. Image credit:  @endears_o

Just sharing a nice photo of @endears_o from the Instagram #도쿄 (Tokyo) that we’re following. Image credit: @endears_o

Suica Card: Klook Reviews

To help you decide if the Suica card Tokyo is for you, here are some reviews that we’ve found:

‘Suica IC Card in Tokyo is one of the most memorable transit cards ever… Because of it we got to…places that we had plan [to visit]…[for] our [three-day trip] in Tokyo.’

Suica card Klook Review

‘Convenient pick-up at the Keisei counter at the Basement floor. Comfortable to ride the Skyliner with the soft seats which are reserved, and add to that the fast speed of the train. Got to downtown tokyo in about 40 mins.’

Suica card Tokyo, Japan: Klook Review

If you’re unfamiliar with using Klook, which is the leading booking platform for in-destination tours and travel essentials, here are the steps for buying:

  1. Sign up for an account here.

  2. Go to the Suica Card booking page. Here’s the link.

  3. Select your pick-up date, booking option, and quantity.

  4. Proceed to check-out and pay with card (credit, debit, and prepaid) or cash via DragonPay, if you’re from the Philippines.

  5. Wait for your confirmation and your Suica card voucher.

How to top up your Suica IC card

To reload your Suica card, you can go to convenience stores that bear the Suica logo or use the ticket vending machines found in the stations. Here’s a video that shows how to top up or add credits to your Suica or PASMO IC cards:

How to use the Suica IC Card

It’s simple! Just place the Suica card on the reader found at the entry and exit gate. The fare will be automatically calculated at your final stop. If the balance on your card is insufficient, worry not; you can add more money to your Suica IC card at a top-up machine. (You’ll be able to get out, we promise. LOL.)

How to get a refund for your Suica Card Tokyo Balance

You can apply for a refund for your Suica card balance at JR TIcketing Offices (Midori-no-madoguchi ticketing offices) located at any JR East station. Note that an amount of ¥200 will be deducted from your Suica card balance for this service.

Other Items to Book for Your Tokyo Adventure

Aside from the Suica IC card, you may also want to check out the following items to make your Tokyo trip more memorable:


TIPS!

  • You must purchase additional tickets to use the Suica card for travel on a limited express, express, or Green Car. The Suica IC card cannot be used for travel on the Shinkansen.

  • The Suica card cannot be used for travel to prefectures or areas not covered by the Suica. If your point of origin or point of take off is not a valid area covered by the Suica card, you won’t be able to use your IC card. Purchase a single-journey or regular ticket beforehand.

  • Your Suica card will expire in ten (10) years if not used.

  • Credit cards cannot be used to reload or top up your Suica card. Verify this information here.

  • No refunds will be made to lost Suica cards.

  • If you’d like to have an official guide on how to use the Suica card in Japan, download one here from the JR East Website.

  • If you’ll buy the Suica card, here are some notes from Klook regarding pick-up locations:

    • Narita International Airport Terminal 1

      • Suica card pick-up location: EASYGO Counter at the 1/F International Arrival Lobby (Central Exit)

      • Opening hours: 8:30am-10pm

    • Narita International Airport Terminal 2

      • Suica card pick-up location: EASYGO Counter at the 1/F International Arrival Lobby (Central Building)

      • Opening hours: 8:30am-10pm

    • Haneda International Airport International Terminal

      • Suica card pick-up location: EASYGO Counter at the 2/F Arrival Lobby (Right-hand side on the exit)

      • Opening hours: 8:30am-10pm

    • HIS-TIC Harajuku Tourist Information Center

      • Suica card pick-up address: 1 Chome-19-11 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001, Japan (three-minute walk from JR Harajuku station)

      • Opening hours: 10am-5pm

    • Shinjuku Takashimaya Duty Free

      • Suica card pick-up address: Takashimaya Times Square, 11/F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (four-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station)

      • Operating hours: Sunday-Thursday at 10am-10pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 10am-8:30pm

  • If you’re not buying online, you may also buy a Suica card in Japan at major JR East stations, ticket vending machines, JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-madoguchi), and Travel Service Centers.

  • If you’re not getting a refund, keep the Suica IC card as a souvenir! The cute design makes for a good one!


That’s all, folks!

Enjoy your Tokyo trip with your Suica card! Oh, and don’t forget to like ManilaxSeoul on Facebook and Instagram for more Japan trip tips as well as travel guides for Seoul, Manila, and beyond!

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