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Do tram lines and JR Ferry line in Hiroshima accept Suica cards for payment like it is used in JR trains, subways and local buses in Tokyo?

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Tram lines in Hiroshima seem to only accept a local card (PASPY) and the JR West ICOCA card. This is explained on the website of the operator and confirmed by the table on this travel guide.

If by ferry, you are referring to the ferry that goes to Miyajima, then the same as above applies. (It's also in the table above and seems to be indicated on the website of the ferry)

So depending on where your first destination is, it might make more sense to get an ICOCA card, which would be usable in most places a Suica card can be used.

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Thanks! I was better off buying a Street car pass which included Matsuda ferry and a discount for ropeway at Miyajima. – Dhina Mar 14 at 0:28
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As an addition, if you have a JR Rail Pass, the ferry to Miyajima is free if you present the pass. – Compy Mar 18 at 14:37
    
Yes, I can confirm that, I did that myself. However you have to be sure to take the JR ferry then as there's also a ferry of another company. – drat Mar 19 at 2:46
    
Yes but to travel in the city Street car pass is better than JR pass IMHO. @Compy – Dhina Mar 23 at 0:45
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@drat yes the other ferry is called Matsuda Ferry which is free with Street Car pass. Street car pass + Matsuda ferry costs 840JPY (having this gives discount at ropeway to Mt.Misen) and just the street car pass for 620JPY – Dhina Mar 23 at 0:47

No. The local card is called Paspy, and through an agreement the Icoca card of JR West is accepted as well. However, this does not extend to other cards which are usually "compatible" with the Icoca, such as the Suica, because Paspy is not a member of the nationwide group of cards which are all mutually compatible. More information about IC cards is available on japan-guide.

This is also true of the JR Miyajima Ferry, because it is not operated by JR West, but by a separate company. Remember that "JR" is not a single company but a consortium of many different companies, with varying levels of cooperation between them.

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Thanks! I was better off buying a Street car pass which included Matsuda ferry and a discount for ropeway at Miyajima. – Dhina Mar 14 at 0:28

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