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How to get the cutest prepaid transportation card in Tokyo

how to get the cutest prepaid public transportation card Travel Guide

The prepaid transportation card is a very handy item in Japan as I told on this page,

you can get it very easily everywhere in Japan if there is a public transportation system.

But don’t you want the special prepaid transportation card for the memory of your dream journey?

“PASMO PASSPORT”, the special prepaid transportation card is made for overseas travelers who visit Japan for a short time.

If you want to know how the prepaid transportation card works in Japan, read this page first.


pasmo passport

“Pasmo Passport” is named by the issuing company, Pasmo company, which means the company hopes the card will be your second passport while visiting Japan.

The card design is super cute using popular three Sanrio characters, Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, and Japanese representative sightseeing spots are the background of them.

As well as regular PASMO or other transportation cards, it can be used for trains and buses nationwide, also for shopping.

Moreover, you will get benefits from the stores when you show “Pasmo Passport”.

The different function of Pasmo Passport is valid for only 28 days and non-refundable.

The card is sold in major locations in the Tokyo metropolitan area, such as Narita & Haneda airports and Shinagawa station.

You are required to show the passport to purchase “Pasmo Passport”.


The release dateSeptember 1, 2019
OverviewPrepaid card capable for
public transportations nationwide
Applied forShort-term travelers
who have Non-Japanese passports
The Price¥2,000
(the initial charged money ¥1,500 + the issuing fee ¥500)
The valid period28 days
Not refundable
Keisei Electric Railway
Narita Airport terminal 2 station
Narita Airport station
Keikyu Tourist
Information center
Haneda Int’ airport
terminal station
Shinagawa station
Tokyo Metro
Commuter Pass sales officeUeno Station,
Nihonbashi Station,
Ikebukuro Station (Marunouchi Line / Yurakucho Line),
Ginza Station,
Shimbashi Station,
Shinjuku Station,
Ebisu Station,
Iidabashi Station,
Takadanobaba Station,
Akasaka Mitsuke Station,
Meiji Jingumae Station,
Shin-Ochanomizu Station,
Otemachi Station,
Tokyo Station
Tokyo Metropolitan
Bureau of Transportation 
Tourist Information centerUenoOkachimachi (Oedo-Line)
Tokyu Corporation

Narita Airport Terminal 2 station

train narita

Go to “SKYLINER & KEISEI INFORMATION CENTER” at Narita Airport Terminal 2, which is located just in front of the train gates, and the next to JR EAST travel center.

When you get to the arriving terminal, follow the sign said “Train”.

The train stations and “Skyliner & Keisei information canter” are located at B1F.

skyliner keisei information center 2

You can’t bring the cart into the information center, leave the cart before getting in the line.

sign for pasmo passport

Again, the staff will ask you to show the passport.

The total price is ¥2,000 (the initial charged money ¥1,500 + issuing fee of ¥500).

Pay cash, they don’t accept credit card payment for Pasmo Passport.
If you want to use Pasmo Passport or other transportation card (IC card) for Narita Express, you must buy an extra specoal ticket (特急券). After you purchase the extra special tciket, insert the special ticket first and touch IC card on the reader of the gate. 

How to charge money

ticket vending machine screen

You can charge money on the card at

  • Ticket vending machine in train stations throughout Japan
  • Convenience stores
  1. Change the language setting and make sure the payment. (Cash or credit card)
  2. Select the “IC card” section.
  3. Insert your IC card.
  4. Press the “Charge” button.
  5. Select money how much you want to add on, and pay.

When you are leaving…

“Pasmo Passport” is NOT REFUNDABLE, it’s better to not leave balance on the card.

How to check the balance on the card?

  • A quick-look the scanner display on the ticket gate
  • A ticket vending machine
  • An IC card charge machine
  • A drink vending machine with IC card reader
  • Check a receipt when you shop at a convenience store
  • ATM machine at Seven-eleven (Seven Bank)

How to shop with Pasmo Passport at the store


You can shop for products with Pasmo Passport if shops say “IC card payment”.

At the cashier, tell them that you want to pay with Pasmo Passport.

Then touch a reader on the counter.

How to buy drinks from the vending machine

vending machine japan ic card

Find a vending machine that is available for IC card payment.

You will see the IC card reader on the machine.

  1. Touch your Pasmo Passport on the reader
  2. Select the one you want to drink
  3. Touch your Pasmo Passport again

Bring Pasmo Passport Home with you

pasmo passport

Bring Pasmo Passport home with you as one of the special memory of your dream Japan trip.

Not as a regular Pasmo, you can’t use this again when you come back to Japan next time.

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