It is very troublesome to buy a ticket by staring at Japanese every time you get on the train, or to count the coins for each bus and put them in the coin purse.
I have lived in Japan for 30 years, and I will tell you the recommended method.
This method is limited to the Tokyo area, so please check the following article when traveling to other places.
From 2019, tourist cards have been released. I will explain its features and how to buy.
The name is “WELCOME SUICA” and it is a prepaid card containing the specified amount of money.
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Roughly summarizing the features, it looks like this.
- You can buy it with a credit card
- You can buy it at the airport
- Charge is also possible
- No initial fees and no refunds
- I can’t refund the money inside
- It becomes unusable after 28 days
- Charge only supports cash
Recommended places to buy are Haneda Airport and Narita Airport.
You can buy it at JR EAST TRAVEL CENTER at a major station in Tokyo, but I don’t recommend it personally because the location is difficult to understand.
You can buy WELCOME SUICA for children until you reach the age of 12. At this time, please prepare an insurance card or other item that shows your age.
How to buy
As I found out by researching, WELCOME SUICA is convenient, but the sales floor is still small.
This time, I will explain using Haneda Airport as an example, but you can buy it at a similar machine at the train ticket office at Narita Airport, so please see the method below. There are places in the city where you can buy it, but even if it says it’s sold, it may not be sold, so it’s best to buy it at the airport.
～ In the case of Haneda Airport ～
When you arrive in Japan, you will arrive at the arrival lobby (2nd floor) of Terminal 3 at Haneda Airport.
There are two train routes from this second floor to the city.
Keikyu and Monorail are sold only at the monorail ticket office operated by the PASMO distributor! Please be careful.
This is the part of this photo.
Select your language on this screen. If you don’t have your own language, you can press the area surrounded by the red square this time in the same way.
Choose whether the buyer is for adults or children. The upper left is an adult and the lower left is a child.
If you select for children, this screen will appear, and you will be taken to the screen for confirming the age of the buyer, and from now on, it will be the same as the screen for adults.
The fare for SUICA for children is half the price, but children’s music will be played when passing through the gate. Adults should be careful not to buy children’s because it’s cheap! ^^
Next, decide the charge amount.
It can be used at most stores in Japan, so I think it’s okay to add a lot. This time I will buy it for myself as a trial, so I will choose 1000 yen. So far, the upper limit seems to be 10,000 yen. I wish I could have raised the upper limit a little more. ..
On this screen next, you can buy all-you-can-use trains from jr all day long, but you don’t have to buy them because they are expensive and you can only use trains from one company. Press the button below. (The most confusing option)
After pressing the button, insert Japanese Yen or a credit card into the slot below.
This time, I will purchase with a credit card.
After inputting, enter your PIN with the keyboard below.
After inputting, wait about 30 seconds.
After that, you will receive a receipt and a prepaid card.
Now you can easily pay anywhere.
All you have to do is enjoy your trip slowly.
This time, before I got home, I tried to see if I could actually use it at a cafe in Shibuya.
There are machines like this in shops all over Japan. Speaking of “SUICA-BARAI”, you can see that you are going to pay with this, so let’s hold WELCOME SUICA over this machine after saying it. Payment is complete when you hear a sound.
The coffee was delicious after this. (It’s an oatmeal latte.)
How was that. (was delicious)
The stores that can be used are buses, trains, most restaurants, and electronics retail stores. It can also be used in hotels and tourist spots.
You can buy it only in Tokyo, but you can use it all over Japan, so you can use it with confidence even if you move from Tokyo to another place, so please do not hesitate to contact us.