When you travel, you buy drinks and all sorts of things, right?
Prices for trains and buses vary from region to region, and buying tickets is very cumbersome and difficult for foreigners. Also, it takes time to purchase the ticket.
In Japan, it is very easy to buy small purchases with SUICA.
Even if you are only in Japan for a short stay of one night or two days, we recommend at all costs that you buy a transportation system IC card such as SUICA or ICOCA. It does not take long to buy these cards! You can use it for buses, trains, cafes, and restaurants.
In addition, if you are buying in the Tokyo area, the most recommended is “WELCOME SUICA”, an IC card for foreigners visiting Japan that can be purchased by credit card.
It will be on sale in September 2019, and you can buy it with a credit card, and you don’t need any troublesome procedures such as deposits or refunds.
If you are interested, please check the article I wrote about WELCOME SUICA.
NOTE Due to a shortage of semiconductors, unnamed SUICA is no longer available for purchase starting June 2023. Please refer to this article on how to purchase named SUICA. Note that the reflection of light makes the photo slightly difficult to see, but the important parts are visible, so is it OK? ^^;;
How to buy
You can buy it at the ticket machine at each station. The name of the card varies by region, but because how to buy it is common, please refer to this by looking at this. This time, i will explain it at suica ticket vending machine in the Tokyo area.
This is the most common ticket vending machine. From the right, the IC card cash addition machine, the ticket vending machine where you can buy tickets, and the ticket vending machine where you can do anything. The remaining two are ticket vending machines exclusively for the Shinkansen and limited express trains. You can also use a credit card. Just keep in mind that not all ticket machines are available. Next is the actual purchase screen.
This is the initial screen at the bottom right. Press the top button to change the language. In this case, English is selected. Then press the black button on the bottom right to proceed to purchase.
Please select a registered SUICA above.
On the screen regarding the handling of personal information, press OK to proceed.
Please fill in your name. If you lose it, the amount inside will be returned if this name matches.
Please enter your date of birth.
Enter your phone number.
Select the amount to put in first.
It is taken 500 yen as a previous fee. This will be back at the time of the refund described later.
If you put in cash, SUICA with a built-in cash amount will come out. That’s it.
If you want to add money, you can put this IC card into the ticket machine and press the charge button to add money.
Refunds can be made at the counter of each station.
Speaking of which, the station staff will return the amount after deducting the handling fee of 220 yen. However, refunds are not possible outside the IC card area. The areas of the IC card are as follows.
How was it? We recommend that you make it for a short trip!