Price, Where to Use: Suica Card in Japan
Travel conveniently in Japan! Easily check the price and buy your Suica card Tokyo here.
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
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.
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
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
Suica Card: Klook Reviews
To help you decide if the Suica card Tokyo is for you, here are some reviews that we’ve found:
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:
Sign up for an account here.
Go to the Suica Card booking page. Here’s the link.
Select your pick-up date, booking option, and quantity.
Proceed to check-out and pay with card (credit, debit, and prepaid) or cash via DragonPay, if you’re from the Philippines.
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:
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!