Where to buy Suica and how to purchase

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Speaking of a train ticket or a convenient way to settle an IC card simply by touching it when purchasing goods at a convenience store is called “Suica”.

Suica can be purchased not only at the station but also at convenience stores and the net? We will introduce the price and purchase place.


Type and difference of Suica that can be purchased

It can also be said that it is a pioneer of transportation IC cards, and now the convenience is improved such as mutual use with IC cards nationwide becomes possible.


My Suica

There are two types of “My Suica” and anonymous expression of the signature formula. Both of them have not changed for general use, but let’s look at some points which are largely different.

Regular expression Suica Common name “My Suica” is a registered name as the name. In the case of purchasing a signature formula, it is necessary to register personal information such as name, birth date, sex. In principal only the principal of the registered name can not be used.

However, as merit, it is merit that you can guarantee the balance in the card and reissue it.

It is very troublesome to drop a card that charges a big amount, but if you keep it as a signature formula it means that you can reissue guaranteeing the balance you understand.


Unsigned Suica

In the case of the unsigned Suica, registration of personal information is unnecessary, while the signature formula requires registration of personal information.

As an advantage of the unsigned Suica, there are things such as registration of personal information is unnecessary, there is no need to inform personal information, and it is possible for two or more people to share one piece.

On the contrary, there are also disadvantages, and even if an information that identifies individuals using names etc. is not registered, the unsigned Suica is not guaranteed and can not be reissued even if it is lost or stolen.

Because there are many people who use unsigned Suica, there is nothing that can prove themselves even if they are lost. However, measures are sufficiently available, such as keeping back number and using easy-to-understand pass case.


Where can I buy Suica?

You can purchase one of the places you can purchase with a black multifunction ticket machine installed at the station of JR East located in the Suica usage area.

For ticket vending machines installed at the station, the applications that can be used for various types such as green, pink, black, etc. have changed. To purchase it can be purchased with a black multifunction ticket vending machine.

Besides black ticket vending machines, you can purchase at the Midori-no-Madoguchi at the ticket selling office that the JR Group operates.


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At the Midori-no-Madoguchi you can purchase smoothly by notifying the window staff that you would like to purchase Suica (select a registered name, unsigned name). By the way, for children who can use less than 12 years old it is sold only at Midori-no-Madoguchi, so it is necessary to be careful.


Places where Suica can purchase and how to purchase 【Station / Midori-no-Madoguchi】

We are selling it with interpersonal expression with the staff named Midori-no-Madoguchi in the station.


Types of Suica that can be purchased at Midori-no-Madoguchi

Suica can be purchased at the Midori-no-Madoguchi in the station within the area that sells Suica of JR East, but what type can you purchase?

Suica which can be purchased at Midori-no-Madoguchi can purchase 7 types of Suica for adults, the name of the registrant My Suica, bearer formula, for children, commuter regular, commuter regular, Shinkansen regular, Shinkansen regular FREX pal. Both cards can be purchased by charging 1,000 yen to 5,000 yen, 10,000 yen.

As 500 yen as a deposit (deposit) is essential at the time of initial purchase, let’s have at least 1,000 yen when making it. The deposit will be returned upon return of the card.


How to purchase Suica at Midori-no-Madoguchi

We will introduce you how to buy Suica at Midori-no-Madoguchi.

Midori-no-Madoguchi is the launch place where the terminal equipped with computer system for reservation and ticketing of the seat designated ticket called Mals terminal is installed even in the vending ticket sale place operated by the JR group.

It is written clearly in big letters in a relatively prominent place even in the station. When looking at in Tokyo, business hours are like Shibuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Ikebukuro where there are many users, 5:30 to 23:00 am, mostly 8:00 to 20:00 am.

Purchase is done by notifying the reception staff that you want to purchase Suica, paying the amount you want to charge if you are an anonymous name, filling in the necessary items on the purchase application form if it is a signature formula, paying and receiving it.


Places where Suica can purchase and how to purchase 【Multi-functional ticket vending machine】

In addition to the Midori-no-Madoguchi that sells with interpersonal, you can purchase with ticket vending machines.


Types of Suica that can be purchased with ticket vending machines

The types that can be purchased with ticket vending machines are the My Suica(for adult), unsigned Suica, commuter pass, and Shinkansen commuter ticket.

For children, it is impossible to confirm the age, and it is impossible if the validity end date is after May 1st if the validity period spans the next fiscal year and the school term regular and the Shinkansen regular term FREX pal.

Both cards can be purchased by charging 1,000 yen to 5,000 yen, 10,000 yen. 500 yen is required as a deposit, but it will be refunded when returning the card.

You can see that there are a few things you can buy compared to the point of contact for customer service. If you have any questions or concerns you want to purchase at the time of purchase, you can do it at the window, if there is no problem do it at the ticket vending machine and use it properly.


How to purchase Suica at a ticket vending machine

First of all, let’s look for a ticket vending machine that you can purchase for purchasing with a ticket vending machine. Suica can be purchased only with the black of the multifunction ticket machine within green, blue, pink, black ticket vending machines set up next to ticket gates.

When you find a black ticket vending machine, touch the purchase Suica on the screen and select a new purchase of My Suica or unsigned Suica.

In the case of a registered form, if you agree with the handling of personal information, press consent, enter the name, sex, date of birth, phone number and confirm the contents. After checking the fee will be displayed and touch the desired amount.

After inserting the required amount on occasion Suica will be issued in return and will be received and completed. In case of anonymous entering personal information is unnecessary.

As you can easily do with ticket vending machines like this, if there is not enough time to wait in line with the Midori-no-Madoguchi, this is recommended for people who are nervous to face each other.


Places where Suica can purchase and how to purchase 【Convenience store】

I can also purchase it at a convenience store. So where is a convenience store that can be used together?


Convenience stores where Suica can purchase

There are many convenience stores that Suica can use for shopping charges, but even if it says that there are convenience stores that can be purchased, it can not be purchased at all convenience stores in the city.

There are only two convenience stores available for purchase at Kiosk and New Days, but major convenience stores such as Seven Eleven, Lawson and Family Mart are not sold even at stores located in the station.

In the Kanto area of the Suica area Kiosk has 120 stores in Tokyo, 30 stores in Kanagawa prefecture, 28 stores in Chiba Prefecture, New Days has 151 stores in Tokyo, 68 stores in Kanagawa prefecture and 65 stores in Chiba prefecture.

I guess many people have seen kiosks or New Days even once and have used it.


Types of Suica that can be purchased at convenience stores

A small convenience store kiosk in Ekinaka, New Days is a small number of stores that can purchase Suica.

Because there are many small stores dotted in Ekinaka, there are also limitations on types that can be purchased. Only one type of bearer formula can be purchased. As a condition of plus alpha payment amount is set to 2000 yen, 2,000 yen – deposit 500 yen = charge is 1,500 yen.

Although it feels bad convenience because the charge amount is decided at the time of initial purchase, the convenience store that introduces is the majority stores in the station premises or near the station.

It seems to be useful when you are crowded so that windows and ticket vending machines do not have time to linger or when you want to buy at shopping convenience stores.


Summary of Suica purchase method

For foreigners who have only a few days in Japan, I will recommend an unsigned Suica.
This merit / disadvantage also applies to Japanese people.

If you live in Japan for a long time, it would be better to think of Suica as a signature when thinking about lost.
Those who are only in a short period of time and who do not understand Japanese well, for example, even if they try to reissue after losing it, the procedure may be complicated and can not be understood.

Therefore, as a conclusion, we recommend an unsigned Suica to foreigners who are coming to Japan for travel purposes.