Originally Posted by Matt
oh, speaking of railpasses, Ratboy also pointed me at some pass available at the airport that gets a Narita Express ticket into Tokyo, a metro card for the city and a bunch of credit for it.
It wasn't very widely advertised - you have to go find some counter and specially request it - but it was a very good deal.
The narrator is somewhat annoying but the 4.5 minute video explains it all:
And an explanation I posted before on this board:http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...8&postcount=23
THE SUICA CARD & NEX DEAL TO SCORE AN EXTRA Y1,500 ($14).. actually it's more than that... when riding the subway, it's nice to just be able to 'tap' your SUICA card through the turnstiles like a local rather than fumble around for a ticket or try to figure out the correct change everytime you buy a subway ticket...
Upon arriving at Narita Airport, make your way to the nearest Japan Rail (JR) office once you exit Immigration (down the escalators).... however, remember not to activate your Japan Rail Pass or you'll simply be wasting money.
Just take advantage of the SUICA CARD & NEX deal. For Y3,500 ($33) http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/suica-nex/index.html
you will get yourself:
i] one ticket for the 90 minute ride on the Narita Express (NEX) from Narita Airport to Tokyo ... which would normally cost you Y2,940 anyways
ii] a pre-loaded SUICA debit card which can be used on almost ALL train and subway systems in Japan with Y1,500 in debits for you (plus a Y500 deposit which you can get back if you turn in the card)
C. The SUICA card can be charged at any subway station or JR Station in Y1,000 increments. You can use it to ride the subways while in Tokyo. When you are ready to leave, go to a JR Office to get a refund on the card (Y500).
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