The Suica Card   スイカ

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The Suica card, recognizable by its green color and baby penguin.

The Suica card, recognizable by its green color and baby penguin.

Since 2013, the Suica card is compatible in all regions of Japan.

Since 2013, the Suica card is compatible for use in all regions of Japan.

In Tokyo's train stations, just pass the Suica terminals for the amount to be debited.

In Tokyo's train stations, just touch the Suica card to the readers on the gates for the amount to be debited.

Happening everywhere

At first glance, it looks like a conventional travel card. But the Suica is much more than that... With it, travellers can pay in konbini, vending machines, or even rent a locker. In a word, it's indispensable!

The Suica, whose name stands for Super Urban Intelligent Card, was created in 2001. Due to its simplicity, it has soared in popularity among tourists in Japan but also has more than 40 million everyday users.


Simple and effective 

To purchase a Suica, simply go to the JR counters at airports or stations. It works like a prepaid card. Available for 2000円, users can recharge it at terminals available in all train stations. Be aware, however, that the charging terminals only accept cash.

Almost limitless

In Japan, each region has its own card. But since 2013, all the cards work on all networks. The Suica provides access to all railways except the Shinkansen and some express lines.

More than a ticket

The other advantage of the Suica card is that it is a true virtual wallet. You'll never need to count coins in a konbini, when renting a locker or buying a drink from a vending machine... and recently, it has started working on the Wii U console to buy games online. An electronic Swiss Army knife if ever there was one.

If you go to Japan, think about keeping your Suica card. The card is valid for ten years!

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