On September 1st of this year, JR East will launch its new Welcome Suica smart card, aimed specifically at foreign visitors. The present Suica card allows easy use of trains and buses in Greater Tokyo and other areas, and can be used for shopping, taxis and entrance to tourist attractions as well. However, the new Welcome Suica version will also allow visitors to add any of four JR East discount rail passes directly to the card for convenient use. Come to Japan and give it a try!
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