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IC cards: Convenient tool when using public transport in Japan

With just one transport IC card, you can ride the train, take the bus and even shop, all without needing cash!

【About Transport IC Cards】
Transport IC cards are issued by railway operators in all regions, and the following 10 transport IC cards are interoperable, which means that if you have any one of them, it can be used in all the areas shown below.

* Kitaca area (Hokkaido Railway Company), PASMO area (PASMO Committee member companies), Suica area (East Japan Railway Company etc.), manaca area (Nagoya City Transportation Bureau, Meitetsu etc.), TOIKA area (Central Japan Railway Company), PiTaPa area (Surutto Kansai Committee member companies), ICOCA area (West Japan Railway Company etc.), Hayakaken area (Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau), nimoca area (Nishi-Nippon Railroad etc.), SUGOCA area (Kyushu Railway Company)

* The 10 transport IC cards above can be used wherever the symbol shown on the right is displayed.
 

 
【Use of Transport IC Cards】
Transport IC cards allow you to pass through the ticket gate just by touching the card to the card reader, and there is no need to buy a ticket. Charge the card in advance, and the fare for the ride will be automatically deducted from the card when you exit from your destination station. If your card balance is low, the card can be charged again using the automatic ticket machines located in stations.
 
【Use of Transport IC Cards Other Than to Ride Trains】
①Public transport other than trains (IC ticket)
Transport IC cards can also be used on public transport such buses and monorails. (Depending on the operator and type of card, it may not be possible to use an IC card in some cases.)

②In the station (electronic money)
 IC cards can be used in convenience stores, Kiosks, Ekiben (train lunchbox vendors), restaurants, coffee shops, souvenir shops, vending machines, lockers etc. within the station. (Depending on the store and type of card, it may not be possible to use an IC card in some cases.)

③In town (electronic money)
 IC cards can be used in convenience stores, supermarkets, shopping centers, home appliance stores, restaurants, take-out shops, book stores, clothes shops, drug stores, taxis, rental car agencies, hotels, parking lots, and for delivery services. (Depending on the store and type of card, it may not be possible to use an IC card in some cases.)

* Look for this mark.
* PiTaPa electronic money is not interoperable with other cards.
 
【User Benefits】
Benefits of using transport IC cards.
1.You can enter the gate without having to search the fare and buy a ticket.
2.When transferring between trains operated by different companies etc., You don't have to buy another ticket is eliminated.
3.No struggling of paying with coins.
4.Less language barrier than buying tickets every time.
5.You can pass smoothly through the ticket gate when you are in a hurry.

 
【How to Use Transport IC Cards】
By charging your IC card in advance, you can pay quickly and easily when riding the train or bus. IC cards can also be used in convenience stores, coin lockers and vending machines at stations where the above logo sticker is displayed. Here, we use "Suica", one of the IC cards, as an example to introduce how to use IC cards.


 
① Purchase an IC card at an automatic ticket machine located in a station.
 
② Touch the IC card to the reader. The Reader is normally with the IC card mark on the automatic ticket gate.
 
③ The gate will make a beeping sound. When the card balance is low or if an error occurs when reading the IC card, the gate will make an error sound. Check the ticket gate display.
 
④ When exiting, touch your IC card to the automatic ticket gate again.
 
⑤In many stations, there are multi-function ticket machines inside the gate. There, you can charge your IC card. To charge an IC card, insert it into a multi-function ticket machine, face up and in the direction of the arrow in the top left corner. Touch the desired charge amount on the screen and insert the money.
 
⑥ IC cards can be used at convenience stores in stations bearing the same logo sticker as your own IC card.
 
⑦ Likewise, IC cards can be used at many drinks vending machines.
 
⑧ Coin lockers that are payable by IC card are increasing in stations throughout Japan.