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Travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto

16 days ago

Hello.
I want to buy a IC card (Suica or Pasmo), but not sure which one. I'll be staying three days in Tokyo and afterwards 4 days in Kyoto. Is it possible to use only 1 card for traveling in both regions??
Will be using mostly, metro, subway, buses.
Who has the answer please????

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5 replies
United Kingdom
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15 days ago

Hi Charlene,
Yes - Suica and Pasmo work in Tokyo, Kyoto and other cities. You can buy a Suica Welcome Card if staying less than 28 days, or you can buy the regular one if you intend to stay longer. I used a combination of the Suica card and my Japan Rail Pass between Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. This article provides more info: https://tokyocheapo.com/travel/pasmo-suica-cards-tokyo-travel/. You can also use Suica, Pasmo and other IC cards to pay for more than just transport.

Australia
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15 days ago

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2359_003.html

https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html

If you have an iPhone 8 or later, you can load a virtual Suica in Apple Wallet and top it up with any card you have in Apple Pay.

New Zealand
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15 days ago

We bought a 72hour Tokyo subway pass 1500y per adult was great but doesn’t cover JR lines which was fine for us. We also had a 7 day Tourist train pass that we travelled between Nagasaki Nara Osaka Kyoto Tokyo and right up to Hokkaido well worth it but can only buy online outside Japan

Australia
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15 days ago

If you buy a JR Pass outside Japan (before you leave home) it’s cheaper than buying it in Japan - but you can buy it in Japan.

If you had a 7 day JR Pass and you made it to Nagasaki, Nara/Osaka/Kyoto, Tokyo and Hokkaido, you certainly got good value out of it .... though you must have spent a lot of time on trains.

As for a Tokyo subway pass, the subway (two different companies, neither JR) together with the JR Yamanote and Chuo lines, together with the various non-JR rail lines, are the primary method of getting around Tokyo. IF you have a subway pass and IF you can get everywhere you want to go on the subway ... great. It may save you a few ¥. However, chances are, you’ll find yourself in a situation where getting the JR Yamanote line or some other train line would be much more efficient. The last thing you want is to find yourself hostage to a subway pass in an effort to save a few ¥. Get a (prepaid) Suica card (or a Pasmo) and you don’t have to worry about which subway or train line you use.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2359_003.html

Netherlands
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13 days ago

Thanks all!!!