Pasmo Cards

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okyo offers a unique experience when it comes to public transport. The train system is one of the best in the world, with trains being the most convenient way to travel around the city. If you're experiencing it for the first time it can be very overwhelming.

But what if I told you there is a way to make your Tokyo travel easier? That you would never have to buy a ticket for your entire stay in Japan? Introducing the PASMO card...

The PASMO Card is a rechargeable travel card, it is used in place of the traditional train ticket, it's also a great way to skip the queues of obtaining a train ticket which serves as fast access directly to your terminal. It can be used in ten major locations in Japan, most notable Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. In addition to all the awesome ease of travel options it offers, it can also be used to purchase goods at grocery shops and vending machines.

Where can I use it?

  • JR train lines 
  • Private train lines 
  • Tokyo subway lines 
  • on buses and taxis with the PASMO logo 

How easy is it to obtain?

This was my main issue, I didn't want to land and then organise multiple passes, now, hold onto your seat because I'm going to give you the best news ever - you can order it for delivery from your current location. The PASMO card comes loaded with $30 worth of credit, and is easily obtainable from the Japan Rail site. You're also able to obtain a card from the airport directly. 

Do I need to worry about the card expiring? 

No. Unless you're planning to stay in Japan for over ten years without renewing your card. The PASMO card lasts for ten years exactly, making it an even greater investment if you're planning on going back at any stage in the next decade.

All in all, the PASMO card is a great addition to your travel pack in Japan. It makes everything fast and easy, and you never have to worry about going through the train menus. Swipe on and off, and recharge when required! You can find more information on the PASMO card on their website, or for a more detail guide you can download here.

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