Suspension of Sales for Suica and PASMO Cards

The shortages and suspensions of Suica and PASMO cards, is causing inconvenience for commuters and travelers alike. Consequently, JR East announced on June 2, 2023, that a global semiconductor shortage prevents Japanese transportation cards like Suica and PASMO from securing enough IC chips. As a result, JR East has decided to temporarily suspend the sale of unregistered Suica and PASMO cards starting from June 8, 2023 (Thursday). Furthermore, sales of both Registered Suica and Registered Pasmo will cease from August 2, 2023, with no set date for resumption.

On the brighter side, JR East Japan will exclusively offer Suica cards to foreign tourists starting in 2024. These cards, available at major stations like Tokyo, are limited to one per person. This restriction ensures tourists access convenient payment methods for public transportation and shopping in Japan. Consequently, authorities are diligently working to promptly address the issue, ensuring Suica card accessibility for all who rely on them. In the meantime, individuals affected by the Suica card shortage may need to explore alternative payment methods or temporary solutions.

Updated on January 12, 2024
As of January 12, 2024, foreign tourists can purchase unregistered Suica cards (the green regular version) at JR East Japan Travel Service Centers (駅たびコンシェルジュ) located in Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, or Ueno stations.
Buying A Suica card in Tokyo: Suica Card Revival from 2024?

Suspension Period: Starting from June 8, 2023 (Thursday), with no specified date for resumption.

Suspended Products: Unregistered “Suica,” “モノレールSuica (Monorail Suica),” “りんかいSuica (Rinkai Suica),” and “PASMO.”

CDJapan Rental has a great deal on pocket wifi, with a range of flexible plans starting at ¥187/day.
Japan Pocket Wifi Rental
UNLIMTED DATA SIM CARD
Japan Travel Prepaid SIM card

Suspended Suica and PASMO

Furthermore, mobile services such as Mobile Suica and Mobile Pasmo on smartphones will not be affected and are recommended for use.

There is currently no news of the suspension of ICOCA, the IC card for the Kansai region.

JR東日本:無記名の「Suica」・「PASMO」カード発売の一時中止に関するお知らせ

(Visited 28,394 times, 1 visits today)
CDJapan Rental has a great deal on pocket wifi, with a range of flexible plans starting at ¥187/day.
Japan Pocket Wifi Rental
UNLIMTED DATA SIM CARD
Japan Travel Prepaid SIM card
GetAround Japan is your number one travel guide, providing the latest information on visiting and living in Japan, with tips on what to eat, things to do, and places to stay.
Whether you're planning for a trip far in the future, or already in Japan in need of some fresh ideas, our archive of posts will help you find the best way to fill your time and get the most out of your travel experience. We provide you updates on serious policies that affect visitors and foreign residents while also keeping things light and fun with articles on quirky trends and pop culture.
How do we know how to provide visitors the information they need? Our affiliate company CDJapan Rental provides WIFI and Sim Card rentals to thousands of visitors to Japan every year. In other words, we are constantly in touch with and listening to the voices of our customers, and infuse our blog with the information they ask us for.
For inquiries, contact us here
=Company Information= CDJapan Rental (Neowing Corporation) 1-10-15-3F Nihonbashi Horidome Chuo, Tokyo 103-0012, Japan

Leave a Reply

Scroll to top