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Suica Equivalent in Kyoto?

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Suica Equivalent in Kyoto?

Sure like the convenience of the Suica card in Tokyo and wonder if there is any equivalent in Kyoto or if the Suica can be used there. We are leaving Tokyo for Kyoto tomorrow.

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1. Re: Suica Equivalent in Kyoto?

You can use the Suica card on *JR* trains only (JR trains only) in the Kyoto/Kansai region anywhere you see the ICOCA logo.

You could also get the ICOCA card at JR Stations in the area. ICOCA will work with the PiTaPa system found on many private railways in the area, though the network is not as extensive as Suica/Pasmo found in the Tokyo area. Kyoto city buses for example do not take IC cards. But will cover Kyoto subways and other lines in the area.

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2. Re: Suica Equivalent in Kyoto?

Buses are better for getting around in Kyoto. You can get a bus pass if you are doing a lot of bus trips scroll down to the bottom of this link

city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/access/transport.html

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>>Buses are better for getting around in Kyoto.<<<

I have to disagree with that. There are places that are accessed only by bus, but take the subway whenever possible then switch to the bus, taxi or even walk. At busy times walking is faster than taking the bus as major streets become parking lots. Kyoto buses are infamous for over packed, hot, slow and tedious. If you have a choice take the Raku Bus instead of a regular bus.

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The best way to use the bus is with a combination of subway. Years ago, in my first self-guided trip to Kyoto, we took the bus everywhere. Whenever there was a long trip across town, we would have to sit in the bus for 45 minutes easily.

Use the subway to get as close to your destination as possible, then use the Raku buses which are designed for visitors and make far less local stops. You might have to walk a block or two extra from the bus stop, but it certainly beats taking the local bus.

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5. Re: Suica Equivalent in Kyoto?

You can ride JR, private raiiways, and subways in Kansai Region with ICOCA card, which is JR WEST'S Suica. You can buy it JR Kyoto station (2000yen with 500yen deposit) .

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6. Re: Suica Equivalent in Kyoto?

Yep, you still need to get on a bus in Kyoto at some point. It isn't like Tokyo or Osaka where train will get you around just about everywhere.

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