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Suica vs. Pasmo

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Suica vs. Pasmo


Thank you to everyone for all the helpful information you have provided me thus far.

We will be in Tokyo for 5 days and will probably be using the subway system extensively to get around. I have read about the PASMO and Suica cards, but I am a little confused about the differences and advantages of each one. We will be going to Kamakura for a day, using the Narita Express to get to Tokyo, and, as I've stated, using the subway system to get around. Which card would be our best choice for this? Do we purchase these cards at the Narita JR station and do they refund money leftover on the card?

We have a railpass, but will not be activating it until our final day in Tokyo. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Suica vs. Pasmo

The Pasmo and Suica cards are used interchangeably. The only difference is that they are issued by different companies; Suica is issued by JR and Pasmo by Pasmo Ltd.

When you're at a JR station, you'd see Suica charge machines and when you're at a non JR station, you'd see Pasmo machines. Again, they're interchangeable and you can recharge your Suica card with a Pasmo machine and vise versa.

If you're using NEX, get a Suica/NEX combo for 3,500 yen at Narita. It's a good deal.

I've heard that the Pasmo card production can't keep up with the demand and they are issuing the commuter Pasmo cards only at this time.

Your deposit can be refunded at Narita or you can keep you card until next time. Both Pasmo and Suica are good for 10 years.

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