The Suica English App by Joel Breckinridge Bassett:
- SuicaEng App
- Add Suica
- Add a balance
Finally! After 2 years of waiting for a full blown English version of the Suica App with all the bells and whistles, JR East has done the smart thing and released the SuicaEng app instead. This simple streamlined English app does one thing: add a virtual Suica card to Apple Pay without a Mobile Suica account or any of the hassle of dealing with the Japanese only Suica App options. It does nothing else but should take care of most immediate inbound needs. The same virtual Suica restrictions of Suica App apply:
- Only one Suica can be added, if you already have a Suica in Wallet you cannot add another one with SuicaEng, a second virtual Suica requires the full Suica App and free registration of a Mobile Suica account.
- Once added, Suica is managed in Wallet or Watch app.
The best thing would be adding virtual Suica directly in Wallet without the need for an app, perhaps Apple and JR East will deliver that eventually. Meanwhile anything more complicated than adding virtual Suica: purchasing e-tickets, commuter pass, Green Seat reservations etc., still requires the Japanese only Suica App.
I still need the Japanese one, but this is huge for me!