How to buy PASMO and Suica in 2024

Even though the official sites and notices in stations are all trying to convince you that there is no way you can buy a PASMO and Suica right now, scaring all visitors without iPhones away, there are still ways you can buy one now.

Suica/PASMO for Tourists: Welcome Suica / PASMO PASSPORT

This is the officially recommended way, even though they are sold in just a few locations. Also, they expire after 28 days and you cannot refund the unused charged money inside, so I personally do not recommend this. For those working and studying, this is basically useless. You can check out their official sites for where you can still buy them: PASMO PASSPORT, Welcome Suica

Regular Suica: JR East Travel Service Center

As JR did not announce this at all and just secretly updated their visitor-facing website, it got very little media attention. I went to ask the staff a while ago, and I was told that even though they are intended only for tourists, they will not check for documents like passports. This is probably your best bet if you happen to be in one of the stations. Check this link out: JR East Travel Service Center.

Regular Suica: buy a 1-day pass

Even though the official website mentioned that only children and monthly pass Suica are still sold, but 1-day passes with new Suica are actually also sold. So if your trip has a day where using a one-day JR pass is beneficial (if you live in the west side, a round-trip to Kasai Rinkai Park is already worth the cost), go to a black ticket machine (that sells monthly pass), and choose the option that issues a new Suica. Check the following video but choose the new Suica option instead!

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Probably the only way to buy a regular PASMO: One-day pass

Some might want a PASMO instead of a Suica (I like the looks of PASMO more, and some passes like Keio+Tokyo Metro one-day pass are only sold to PASMO holders). The idea is the same as JR day-pass, but since PASMO are used by many operators, the interface will be different, and some operators don't seem to sell PASMO through this method.

Operators that sells PASMO by buying a day-pass:

  • Tokyo Metro (I bought one through this method)
  • Tokyu (Goes to payment screen but I did not try actually paying)
  • Yokohama Municipal Subway (Goes to payment screen but I did not try actually paying)

Operators that does not allow this:

  • Keio
  • Sotetsu

The actual steps should be similar to JR: go to a machine that sells one-day pass, choose the value ticket option, choose the pass you want to buy, and choose the new PASMO option. The procedure for Tokyo Metro is shown:

You can no longer buy a toica in Tokyo station

According to the Official Website and Japanese forums, JR Central stations in Tokyo metropolitan area (e.g. Tokyo, Yokohama) no longer sells non-monthly pass toica.

2024年買 PASMO 和 Suica(西瓜卡) 的方法

雖然官方網站和車站各處還是都是標貼 Suica 和 PASMO 停售的通告,對沒有 iPhone 或日本 Android 手機的人很是嚇人,但是大家也知道是有辦法的。在本文我想總結一下已知的購買交通系IC卡的方法和已經失效的方法,其中購買 PASMO 的方法更是不見有人提起,而且昨天(2月24日)親身測試成功!

遊客版 Suica/PASMO:Welcome Suica / PASMO PASSPORT

專為遊客推出的 Welcome Suica 和 PASMO PASSPORT 是官方建議的方式,但28天後就失效而且不能退餘額非常麻煩,對來日本留學工作的人也毫無用處。但是適合的話可以參考以下連結:PASMO PASSPORTWelcome Suica

普通 Suica:JR東日本旅行服務中心

因為JR方面非常神秘,只是偷偷更新了旅客網站,因此只有很少網站有提起。據本人到現場的詢問,雖然理論上只能讓遊客購買,但是不會檢查護照等文件,但是只能購買一張。但是能購買的地方只有幾個,還是有點麻煩。可以參考以下連結:JR東日本旅行服務中心

普通 Suica:購買一日乘車票

雖然官方通告提起只有兒童和「定期票」(即月票)還有繼續發行 Suica,但是一日乘車票等卻沒有提起,但其實是包括的。所以如果有一天行程有適合的 JR 一日卷(760yen可以任意乘搭JR在東京23區的路線很划算啊!如果住西面的話來回一次葛西臨海公園就已經超過回本了),就可以在車站用黑色(能買定期卷)售票機,選擇購買一日票然後選擇發行新的 Suica。用法可以參考以下影片,但是到選擇是否用原本的 Suica 的時候要選擇新Suica!

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可能是唯一購買普通 PASMO 的方法:購買一日卷

有些人可能因各種原因(好看?想買京王+東京Metro一日卷?)想買 PASMO 而不要 Suica。原理與 Suica 一日卷相同,方法也差不多。但是不同的是 PASMO 有很多使用的公司,而有些公司的售票機可能不賣 PASMO,而每間公司的界面也有點不同。

能透過此方式買 PASMO 的公司:

  • 東京 Metro(實際測試購買成功)
  • 東急(能進入付費畫面,未嘗試付費)
  • 橫濱市營地下鐵(可以進入付費畫面,未嘗試付費)

無法用此方法的公司:

  • 京王
  • 相鐵

實際操作都是大同小異,去能賣定期卷的機器,先選擇優惠乘車卷(おとくなきっぷ、お得な切符),然後選擇想買的一日卷,然後選擇發行新PASMO,付費。

下面附上東京Metro的操作方法。

在東京站買 toica 已經失效!

官方網站和日本網友的分享,在東京首都圈的 JR東海車站已經不再賣非定期票的toica。

澳門輕軌的世界極品動態路線圖 - 有十年時間都無心改善

2019年通車的澳門輕軌氹仔線不知道大家搭過了沒有?從通車當天起就已經被人恥笑的,非車廂內如小畫家般的界面設計莫屬,被大陸的地鐵迷稱爲「ppt報站」,甚至見過真的用PowerPoint模擬出同樣效果的。

小學生電腦課應該都能設計出來的簡陋設計。圖片由維基媒體用戶LN9267拍攝,以CC BY-SA 4.0條款授權。

原本考慮到輕軌公司在2019年是剛成立,可能有其他更重要的工作而無暇兼顧這些小事(雖然明明可以讓港鐵澳門協助設計,港鐵澳門設計的各種標識和單張明顯好看很多)。但是現在已經又過了4年,其中還包括停運半年修復電纜和疫情時期極少人乘搭的兩年,甚至連延伸至媽閣站,必須更新系統的大好機會仍不肯改個稍爲好看一點點的設計(就算只是改個好看點的字體已經很棒了)。但是考慮到未來可能很快就要連通石排灣和橫琴站,可能到時候再大改,我又再忍了下來。

直到我今天無意中看到2012年輕軌1:1列車模型展覽,當中的界面設計竟然和現在的一模一樣以後,我是無法再忍下去了。

當年只是爲了示範而隨便設計個畫面固然沒有問題,但是相信沒有人認爲這樣子的設計是在正經的運營路線上是可以接受的吧?!

具體問題我就不說了,有點審美意識的一眼就已經能看出好幾個問題。

所以輕軌公司是要有多懶?反正我是忍不了了,就希望明年港鐵退場、兩線通車之前能請港鐵搞搞吧。。。