SuicaEng App (obsolete)

SuicaEng is obsolete, replaced by Wallet app functionality for direct adding of Suica, PASMO and other transit cards in iOS 13, easier than ever in iOS 15 Wallet and later. SuicaEng is no longer available on App Store, installed SuicaEng does not launch and should be deleted. See Apple Pay Suica • PASMO Guide to add Suica or PASMO in Wallet app. The original post remains for historical reference.

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 as a stopgap.

This simple streamlined app does one thing: add a Suica card to Apple Pay Wallet 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. It also bypasses with the ‘Region set to Japan’ requirement.

The same Suica restrictions of the full version Japanese language 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 (My Suica/Commuter Suica) requires the full Suica App and free registration of a Mobile Suica account.
  • Once added, Suica is managed in Wallet or Watch app.
SuicaEng error when a Suica card already exists on Apple Pay iCloud

The best thing would be no apps at all and adding virtual Suica directly in Wallet, 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.