Although originally created only for use in Tokyo, since March 2013, the Pasmo card can be used on virtually all rail networks in Japan, as well as many bus lines.
Similarly, the Suica card, founded in 2001 by the JR East company, provides access to virtually all rail networks in Japan as well as many subway lines and buses.
Look for the special logo below in train stations or on buses to see if they accept IC cards.
WHICH TRAINS CAN I TAKE WITH THE PASMO OR SUICA CARD?
Train stations that accept Pasmo or Suica cards will display the logo shown to the left.
Pasmo or Suica cards can be used to travel on:
JR train lines
Privately owned train lines
On the Tokyo subway system
Please note that Pasmo or Suica cards cannot be used on limited express trains or shinkansen. Suica cards are not valid on long distance buses (highway bus) or airport shuttles.
CAN I TAKE THE BUS WITH A PASMO OR SUICA CARD?
You can use a Pasmo and Suica card on most buses in the Tokyo area, as well as in other Japanese cities, and even a few inter-city and overnight buses.
Buses accepting Pasmo and / or Suica cards will always display the Pasmo logo and / or Suica logo shown below.
IN WHICH STORES CAN I USE A PASMO OR SUICA CARD?
Pasmo and Suica cards can be used as electronic wallets in stores that display the symbol shown here as an example:
Combini (Japanese convenience stores)
Shops inside train stations
You can also use the Pasmo and Suica cards to pay for certain services such as lockers, parking and taxis.
IS MY PASMO OR SUICA CARD REGISTERED TO MY NAME? CAN I GIVE IT AWAY?
All our Pasmo and Suica cards are non-registered. It is therefore possible to give your Pasmo card or Suica card to a family member or friend if you no longer require it.
CAN I KEEP MY CARD FOR MY NEXT TRIP TO JAPAN?
Yes, you can. Pasmo and Suica cards do not expire for 10 years.