How To Get a Suica Card

By Donald Ash | Foreigners In Japan


The ticket, commuter, charge machine that Suicas can be purchased from.

Now let’s look at how to get a Suica Card.

Essentially the processes to get a Pasmo and a Suica are exactly the same. Even the names of the buttons you have to touch in order to complete the process are nearly identical. What’s going to be different about this particular post is that I’m going to show you how to get a personalized Suica. If you looked at the previous post on how to get a Pasmo card, I showed you how to purchase a general user Pasmo.

Whether you decide to purchase a Suica or a Pasmo (they serve same functions) I HIGHLY recommend going with the Personal Pasmo or Personal Suica option. Why? There are three reasons: 1) it doesn’t cost anything extra to do it, 2) it looks cool having your name on your card, and more importantly 3) should you ever lose your card, easier to do than you might think, it can be reissued. The only reason I purchased the general Pasmo in the previous video was because I wanted to show you both methods; that way, you can choose which type is best for you.

When purchasing a new Suica card, start off by locating the correct machine. Find a machine that handles tickets and commuter passes and you should be okay. Once you’ve done that, follow these simple steps to buy your very own personal Suica:

 


Purchasing a Personal User Suica Card in Ten Easy Steps

Step 1: Touch the ‘Purchase New Suica’ button on the lower left panel.

Step 2: Select the “My Suica” option

Step 3: Read the ‘Statement of Personal Information’ Screen and touch confirm.

Step 4: Enter your name and touch the ‘OK’ button.

Step 5: Select your sex

Step 6: Enter your birthdate and touch ‘OK.’

Step 7: Enter your phone number and touch the ‘OK’ button.

Step 8: Review the information you’ve entered on the ‘Contents Confirmation’ screen and touch the ‘OK’ button.

A screen displaying what you’re agreeing to purchase: a Personal User Suica at 2000 yen (a 500 yen deposit with a 1500 yen available balance).

Step 9: Insert Cash

Step 10: Take your brand new Suica card and receipt.

Just remember, if you make any mistakes, this cancel button (located on the payment panel) will save you!

The magic, red, cancel button!

 

The How To Get A Suica Card Video


 

I hope these steps make sense, and I hope you’re able to get your Suica card with no problems. Should you happen to run into a snag somewhere, I’m just an email away, or you can come back to this very article, leave a post in the comments section, and we can figure out where you went wrong.

Enjoy your new Suica card along with easier and far more convenient traveling on the Japanese train system.

Sometime in the near future I will be posting a third article in the PASMO/SUICA series. Please be on the lookout for it 🙂

Sincerely,

Donald Ash

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Donald Ash is an Atlanta, Georgia-born, American expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last ten years. While in that time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator of thejapanguy.com blog. Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.
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