Kanto railways to offer three-day pass for foreign nationals during 2020 Games
Japan Times -- Jul 20
East Japan Railway Co. and 25 other railway operators in the Kanto area said Thursday they will sell a three-day train pass for foreign visitors during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The Tokyo Supporters Pass will allow users to ride trains of any of the 26 firms for an unlimited number of times for any three straight days during the period between July 22 and Aug. 9 next year, and again between Aug. 25 and Sept. 6.

It will be on sale from mid-July to early September next year.

The pass will be made available on JR East’s Suica smart card and the Pasmo electronic money card, adopted by dozens of railway and bus operators.

News source: Japan Times
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