Do I Need a Pasmo Card?
Supplementing your JR Pass
Do I need to buy a Pasmo card with my Japan Rail Pass?" Find out if an IC card if right for you on your trip to Japan.
What is a Pasmo card?
You can use a Pasmo card to save time when taking non-JR lines: instead of buying individual tickets for every ride, you can enter the trains with a simple touch of the card on the turnstile, charging it up when needed.
Where can i use a Pasmo Card?
For further reference, see our regional IC Card article.
Do i need a Pasmo Card for my trip?
However, if, for example, your hotel is located on a subway line, not a JR line, you may be taking the subway a lot too, and for that a Pasmo is really convenient. Pasmo cards are a really great way to save time so that you don’t get lost wandering through train stations looking to buy a ticket.
If you’re not sure and haven’t decided your train itineraries, or just want to play it by ear, it’s also easy to buy tickets as you go.
New, the Pasmo passport has a nice design but is not refundable after 28 days. Click here to learn more about this card.
For help deciding your train itineraries, check out our JR Pass Assistance option!