How To Charge Your Suica
Suica are prepaid IC travel cards issued by JR East. Find out how you can charge your Suica card in order to travel carefree on any train and subway line in Japan.
What Is a Suica?
Suica are prepaid IC travel cards issued by JR East. Once you have charged it with money (in 1000 yen increments), you no longer need to buy tickets for each ride on subways and trains. Every region in Japan has a different edition and design for this type of IC card, but you can use these cards all around in Japan (some lines/areas may not have the IC card system yet).
If you are planning to move around mainly by subways or trains, it is a good idea to buy your own Suica card.
How to Charge the Suica Card
1. Find a Ticket Machine That Supports Suica
Suica cards can be easily charged at the ticket machines in JR stations or subway stations.
2. Touch the "Charge" Button
Choose the "Charge" button on the screen.
3. Insert the Amount You Want to Add to Your Card
Only Japanese bills can be used. You can choose the amount of the money you can charge at a time from the following option: 1000 yen, 2000 yen, 3000 yen, 4000 yen, 5000 yen, or 10,000 yen. You may only charge up to 20,000 yen at once.