IC Cards in Japan
Supplementing Your Japan Rail Pass
Learn about IC transportation cards in Japan and how they can make your trip faster and easier. Supplement it together with your Japan Rail Pass, available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes!
IC charge Cards
How to buy an IC Card?
The card will cost ¥2000: a ¥500 deposit for the card and ¥1500 to preload and use on your card for transportation.
- New Pasmo Passport : The Pasmo Passport is only available in ticket offices.
Using your IC Card
Be careful! The machines lined up at a ticket barrier often have different uses: some are IC Card only, some are ticket only, and some are both!
Check the remaining balance on your card as you pass through the gate in either direction; it will be displayed on the machine just past where you tapped the card.
If you have entered through a ticket gate without enough money loaded on your card to go back out, don't worry. There are machines near the ticket gates on the platform side where you can charge your card!
Things to note:
- Different cities in Japan have different "brands" of IC Cards, but as of 2013, they are all compatible with each other.
- If you change your mind after passing through a ticket gate onto a platform, simply tapping back out will not work! Please bring your IC card to a station attendant.
- When leaving Japan, you can bring your IC card to a station attendant, who can return you ¥500 deposit and the remaining balance on your card. Note that if you wish to have the balance on your IC card refunded, there is a ¥220 processing fee.
- You can use your IC Card to pay at many vending machines, lockers and convenience stores as well! Keep a look out for the IC card logo and a tap machine.