JR Pass for tourists and Suica card

Tiny train tickets begone - make life easier with prepaid passes and cards

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No visitor to Tokyo should be without a Suica card and no visitor to Japan should be without a JR Pass. The Suica card is convenient for intercity trains and buses while the JR Pass saves you time and money when traveling through the country. Here are the deets. 

Suica card

Suica card

The penguin-emblazoned Suica card stores electronic money so you can easily pay on the bus, train or even some convenience stores and vending machines. You can purchase a Suica card in Japan or online, the latter comes loaded with ¥1,500 already. It’ll definitely save you some time, you won’t have to purchase tiny tickets every time you travel.

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JR Pass

The JR Pass is only offered to international tourists and is best purchased before visiting Japan - you’ll get a better deal that way. The pass is synonymous with long-distance rail travel in Japan, it gives you access to the shinkansen (bullet train) lines, zipping you from Tokyo to Kyoto in a little more than two hours. Seven, 14 and 21 day passes are offered, starting from ¥29,650. 

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