IC Cards / 交通系ICカード

As an advocate for and daily user of public transportation, I collect (and catalog) transit cards, also called IC cards here in Japan. That term technically refers to all integrated circuit smart cards, though, so the more precise word for what I’m talking about is 交通系ICカード / koutsuu-kei IC kaado, literally “transport-type IC cards”. While my full collection comprises cards from various places I’ve lived and traveled to around the world, this page lists my Japanese ones.

Total cards obtained so far: 86

Briefly, my “rules” for my collection are that:

  • I must travel to each location via public transit only & collect all cards myself
  • I must attempt to register each card in my name, which usually results in my name being printed on the card (記名 kimei) 1I opt for my name in romaji if possible, otherwise katakana. This almost always entails going to a counter and filling out a paper form rather than buying the card from a machine or aboard a vehicle. The location where I register a card is sometimes different from where I buy it. Registering cards is not possible with all issuers/agencies. Some issuers refer to registered cards with special names, e.g. “My Suica” or “スターnimoca (star nimoca)”.
  • Any intentional variation in the front design or back text qualifies that card as different, i.e. not a duplicate of another card
  • Only for places I’ve lived (Nagoya, Tokyo, and Sendai), I may collect former default designs or previously released commemorative/limited-edition designs of cards issued in that city via trading or buying them online

eli’s Japanese IC cards

Pic.NameRev.Kinen?Kimei?NotchesBackCodeIssuerObtained inObtained atObtained on
Suica·SilverJEJR EastShibuya, TokyoShibuya Sta. TVM2017-06-11
manaca (DO!)·SilverTPNagoya Transp. Dev. Org.*Nagoya, AichiTsurumai Sta. TVM2023-10-30
manaca (μstar)·SilverTPMIC*Nagoya, AichiNagoya Sta. TVM2023-10-31
TOICA·SilverJCJR CentralToyota, AichiToyotashi Sta. TVM2023-11-01
ayucaWhiteGBGifu BusGifu, GifuGifu Bus Terminal2023-11-05
emica·WhiteMTMie KotsuNagoya, AichiSakae Bus Terminal Oasis 212023-11-06
PASMO PASSPORTWhitePBPasmoToshima, TokyoIkebukuro Sta. Commuter Pass Sales Counter2023-11-11
Randen IC Card·SilverKFKeifuku Denki TetsudoKyoto, KyotoShijō-Ōmiya Sta.2023-12-02
ICOCA·SilverJWJR WestKyoto, KyotoHankyu Omiya Sta. TVM2023-12-02
hanica·SilverHHHankyu Bus; Hanshin BusMuko, KyotoHankyu Bus Muko Branch Office2023-12-02
Tsukica⦿WhiteTKTakatsuki City BusTakatsuki, OsakaJR Takatsuki Sta. City Bus South Info. Center2023-12-03
itappy⦿GreyITItami City BusItami, HyogoHankyu Itami Sta. City Bus Info. Center2023-12-03
Natch··WhiteBNNankai BusSakai, OsakaNankai Bus Sakai Office2023-12-03
CI-CAWhiteNKNara KotsuNara, NaraNara Kotsu Kintetsu Nara Bus Info. Center2023-12-03
HarecaWhiteRBRyobi BusOkayama, OkayamaOn the bus (Okayama Sta.)2023-12-30
HarecaWhiteUNUno BusOkayama, OkayamaOkayama Sta. Stop #10/11 Info. Center2023-12-31
Uno Bus Orig. Hareca (brown)WhiteUNUno BusOkayama, OkayamaOkayama Sta. Stop #10/11 Info. Center2023-12-31
Uno Bus Orig. Hareca (blue)WhiteUNUno BusOkayama, OkayamaOkayama Sta. Stop #10/11 Info. Center2023-12-31
Uno Bus Orig. Hareca (green)WhiteUNUno BusOkayama, OkayamaOkayama Sta. Stop #10/11 Info. Center2023-12-31
Uno Bus Orig. Hareca (pink)WhiteUNUno BusOkayama, OkayamaOkayama Sta. Stop #10/11 Info. Center2023-12-31
HarecaWhiteSDShimoden BusOkayama, OkayamaShimoden Head Office (Ōmoto Sta.)2023-12-31
IC e~card·SilverIYIyotetsuMatsuyama, EhimeMatsuyama-shi Sta.2024-01-02
SHIKOKU ICOCA··SilverJWJR WestTakamatsu, KagawaTakamatsu Sta. Ticket Counter2024-01-04
IruCa (Free)⦿··SilverKDKotodenTakamatsu, KagawaTakamatsu-chikko Sta.2024-01-04
IruCa (School)⦿··SilverKDKotodenTakamatsu, KagawaTakamatsu-chikko Sta.2024-01-04
Sma IruCa-Do··SilverKDOkawa BusTakamatsu, KagawaOkawa Bus Takamatsu Office2024-01-04
Takamatsu Kanko IruCa (ja)SilverKDKotodenTakamatsu, KagawaTakamatsu Airport 1F Info. Center2024-01-04
Takamatsu Kanko IruCa (en)SilverKDKotodenTakamatsu, KagawaTakamatsu Airport 1F Info. Center2024-01-04
Takamatsu Kanko IruCa (zh)SilverKDKotodenTakamatsu, KagawaTakamatsu Airport 1F Info. Center2024-01-04
Takamatsu Kanko IruCa (tw)SilverKDKotodenTakamatsu, KagawaTakamatsu Airport 1F Info. Center2024-01-04
Takamatsu Kanko IruCa (ko)SilverKDKotodenTakamatsu, KagawaTakamatsu Airport 1F Info. Center2024-01-04
Takamatsu Kanko IruCa (fr)SilverKDKotodenTakamatsu, KagawaTakamatsu Airport 1F Info. Center2024-01-04
HarecaWhiteODOkayama Denki KidoOkayama, OkayamaOkayama Sta. East Info. Center2024-01-06
Hareca - Ryobi IC launchWhiteRBRyobi BusOkayama, OkayamaOkayama Sta. East Info. Center2024-01-06
NicoPa·SilverSHShinki BusAioi, HyogoAioi Info. Lounge2024-01-06
Nice Pass·SilverETEntetsuHamamatsu, ShizuokaHamamatsu Sta. Bus Terminal Ticket Center2024-01-14
LuLuCa PASAR Card⦿SilverSTShizutetsuKikugawa, ShizuokaShizutetsu Store Kikugawa2024-01-14
kinocaWhiteWKWakayama BusWakayama, WakayamaKii Sta. Commuter Pass Sales Office2024-01-21
KANSAI ONE PASS (ICOCA)··SilverJWJR WestOsaka, OsakaTravel Service Center SHIN-OSAKA2024-02-10
nolbé⦿·SilverJEJR East*Takasaki, GunmaTakasaki Sta. Bus Info Center2024-02-17
totra⦿·SilverJEJR East*Oyama, TochigiKanto Transportation Oyama Office2024-02-17
IbappiWhiteIBIbaraki KotsuMito, IbarakiIbaraki Kotsu Mito Sta. Info. Center2024-02-17
Welcome SuicaWhiteJEJR EastOta, TokyoHaneda Airport Terminal 3 Sta.2024-02-18
PASMO·SilverPBPasmoMinato, TokyoRoppongi Sta. (Toei Oedo Line) TVM2024-02-18
Hapi-Line Fukui ICOCA·SilverJWJR West*Tsuruga, FukuiTsuruga Sta. Hapi-Line Fukui Info. Counter2024-03-16
ICaWhiteHTHokuriku TetsudoKanazawa, IshikawaHokuriku Railroad Ticket Office (Kanazawa Sta.)2024-03-16
IR Ishikawa Railway ICOCA·SilverJWJR West*Kanazawa, IshikawaKanazawa Sta. TVM2024-03-16
Ainokaze ICOCA·SilverJWJR West*Toyama, ToyamaToyama Sta. Ticket Counter2024-03-17
ecomyca (striped)WhiteTCToyama ChitetsuToyama, ToyamaToyama Chitetsu Ticket Center (Dentetsu Toyama Sta.)2024-03-17
ecomyca (patterned)WhiteTCToyama ChitetsuToyama, ToyamaToyama Chitetsu Ticket Ctr. (Dentetsu Toyama Sta.)2024-03-17
ICOCA - The Wind and Thunder Gods··SilverJWJR WestTajiri, OsakaKansai-airport Sta. JR Ticket Office2024-03-30
Kyoto Municipal Transport. Bureau Original ICOCA·SilverJWJR West*Kyoto, KyotoSanjo Keihan Sta. TVM2024-04-01
Monorail Suica·SilverJEJR East*Minato, TokyoMonorail Hamamatsuchō Sta. Commuter Pass Counter2024-04-13
Rinkai Suica·SilverJEJR East*Shinagawa, TokyoTennōzu Isle Sta. TVM2024-04-13
HarecaWhiteTTChutetsu BusOkayama, OkayamaOkayama Sta. Stop #10/11 Info. Center2024-04-27
PASPY (dark blue, Chugoku JR Bus)·SilverCJChugoku JR BusHiroshima, HiroshimaHiroshima Sta. Bus Ticket Counter2024-04-27
PASPY (green, Hiroshima Dentetsu)·SilverHIHiroshima Electric RailwayHiroshima, HiroshimaHiroshima Sta. Sales Center (Hiroden)2024-04-27
PASPY (green, Hiroshima Bus)·SilverHBHiroshima BusHiroshima, HiroshimaHiroshima Bus Center Ticket Counter2024-04-27
PASPY (azure, Tomotetsu Bus)·SilverTDTomo TetsudouHiroshima, HiroshimaHiroshima Bus Center Ticket Counter2024-04-27
PASPY (orange, Hiroshima Kotsu)·SilverHCHiroshima KotsuHiroshima, HiroshimaHiroshima Bus Center Ticket Counter2024-04-27
PASPY (turquoise, Chugoku Bus)·SilverCBChugoku BusHiroshima, HiroshimaHiroshima Bus Center Ticket Counter2024-04-27
PASPY (yellow, Astram Line)·SilverHRHiroshima Rapid TransitHiroshima, HiroshimaKencho-mae Sta. ticket gate2024-04-27
SKYRAIL PASS⦿WhiteSkyrail ServiceHiroshima, HiroshimaMidoriguchi Sta. Commuter Pass Sales Counter2024-04-27
SUGOCA·SilverJKJR KyushuKitakyushu, KyushuJR Kokura Sta. Ticket Counter2024-04-29
mono SUGOCA·SilverJKJR Kyushu*Kitakyushu, KyushuMonorail Kokura Sta. TVM2024-04-29
Hayakaken·SilverFCFukuoka City SubwayFukuoka, FukuokaSubway Hakata Sta. TVM2024-04-29
nimoca·SilverNRNishi-Nippon RailroadFukuoka, FukuokaLAWSON Hakata Bus Terminal2024-04-29
Hayakaken (gingko)·SilverFCFukuoka City SubwayFukuoka, FukuokaKushida Shrine Sta. TVM2024-04-29
Hayakaken (sakura)·SilverFCFukuoka City SubwayFukuoka, FukuokaSakurazaka Sta. TVM2024-04-29
Hayakaken (olive)·SilverFCFukuoka City SubwayFukuoka, FukuokaUmebayashi Sta. TVM2024-04-29
ANA Hayakaken·SilverFCFukuoka City SubwayFukuoka, FukuokaHakata Sta. Subway Customer Service Center2024-04-30
tsu-tsu-nimoca (Standard)·SilverNRNishi-Nippon RailroadSaga, SagaSaga Sta. Bus Center2024-05-01
tsu-tsu-nimoca (Bukatsu-ful)·SilverNRNishi-Nippon RailroadSaga, SagaSaga Sta. Bus Center2024-05-01
tsu-tsu-nimoca (Romancing SaGa)·SilverNRNishi-Nippon RailroadSaga, SagaSaga Sta. Bus Center2024-05-01
nagasaki nimoca·SilverNRNishi-Nippon RailroadNagasaki, NagasakiNagasaki Ken-ei Bus Terminal2024-05-01
N+ T-CardSilverKANtasu Co., Ltd.Nagasaki, NagasakiCOCOWALK Bus Center2024-05-01
Kumamon no IC Card·SilverKMHigin Card Co., Ltd.Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Kumamoto Sta. ATM Cash Corner TVM2024-05-03
Kumamon no IC Card - Aso Kumamoto Airport Renovation·SilverKMHigin Card Co., Ltd.Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Kumamoto Sta. ATM Cash Corner TVM2024-05-03
Denden nimoca·SilverNRNishi-Nippon RailroadKumamoto, Kumamoto
SAKURA MACHI Kumamoto Bus Info. Counter2024-05-03
Kumamon no IC Card - Roasso Kumamoto·SilverKMHigin Card Co., Ltd.Mashiki, KumamotoAso Kumamoto Airport TVM2024-05-03
SUGOCA - Special Design Card··SilverJKJR KyushuSatsumasendai, KagoshimaSendai Sta. Ticket Counter2024-05-03
Iwasaki IC Card⦿WhiteIWIwasaki Corp.Kagoshima, KagoshimaTenmonkan Ticket Center2024-05-03
RapicaWhiteFJR Kyushu BusKagoshima, KagoshimaJR Kyushu Bus Kagoshima Branch2024-05-03
RapicaWhiteFNangoku KotsuKagoshima, KagoshimaNangoku Kotsu Bus Terminal2024-05-04
RapicaWhiteFKagoshima City Transportation BureauKagoshima, KagoshimaKagoshima Transport. Bureau Ticket Office2024-05-04
LOCOCA⦿·SilverJEJR East*Iwaki, FukushimaShin Joban Kotsu Iwaki Sta. Info. Center2024-05-19

Supplemental cards (old designs & those not obtained alone) – click to expand

NameVariant / GenerationKinen?NotchesBackCodeIssuer
icscaDefault·SilverSKSendai Kotsu
Suica ("Suica IO Card")··SilverJEJR East
Suica·SilverJEJR East
SuicaSuica & N'EX Yōkoso Japan··SilverJEJR East
SuicaSuica & N'EX Endless Discovery··SilverJEJR East
SuicaTokyo Station 100 Years··SilverJEJR East
SuicaPikachu ("Suica IO Card")··SilverJEJR East
manaca·SilverTPNagoya Municipal Subway
manaca·SilverTPMeitetsu (MIC)
manacaTamarun ↔ ANA Miles exchange commem.·SilverTPMeitetsu (MIC)
manacamanaca/TOICA Mutual Use commem.·SilverTPMeitetsu (MIC)
manacaNationwide Mutual Usage commem.·SilverTPMeitetsu (MIC)
manacaMeijo Univ. Alumni Association·SilverTPMeitetsu (MIC)
TOICA·SilverJCJR Central
TOICADebut··SilverJCJR Central
TOICA1st Anniversary··SilverJCJR Central
TOICAShizuoka Debut··SilverJCJR Central
TOICASuica/TOICA/ICOCA Mutual Use commem.··SilverJCJR Central
TOICAShizuoka Service Area 1st Anniversary··SilverJCJR Central
TOICACharacter design card··SilverJCJR Central
TOICATOICA/manaca Mutual Use commem.··SilverJCJR Central
TOICAJR Central 30th Anniversary conventional train type·SilverJCJR Central
TOICAJR Central 30th Anniversary shinkansen type #2·SilverJCJR Central

Discord

In late February 2024, due to the lack of any centralized, coordinated English-language community or discussion space, I set up a Discord server focused around the hobby of collecting Japanese transportation IC cards. It’s mainly intended for residents of Japan, but open to anyone with an interest. Feel free to join here!

https://discord.gg/JrSwkvvBYm

Vocabulary

  • 交通系ICカード / koutsuu-kei ai shii kaado – transportation IC card
  • 記名式 / kimeishiki – registered in one’s name, lit. ‘signed-type’
  • 記念デザイン / kinen dezain – commemorative design
  • デポジット / depojitto – deposit (cost of the card itself, refunded if returned)
  • チャージ / chaaji – to (re)charge a card
  • SF / esu efu – abbreviation of “stored fare”
  • 手数料 / tesuuryou – handling fee
  • 全国相互利用 / zenkoku sougo riyou – Nationwide Mutual Usage Service, the system of 10 major IC cards with e-money functionality being interoperable & mutually compatible (more info)
  • 地域連携ICカード / chiiki renkei ai shii kaado – regional cooperation IC card, a 2-in-1 card which combines “region affiliate” operator needs with Suica functionality, officially called “Multi-function Card for Regional Transit” or “Regional Collaboration IC card” in English (more info)

Wall of shame

The vast majority of IC cards are sold for a ¥500 “deposit” + a minimum load amount (typically ¥1500). At sales windows, companies will usually let you immediately refund the loaded value while still retaining the card, minus a ~¥220 handling fee, making most cards cost ~¥720 in practice. Even when an issuer disallows refunds, if part of the Nationwide Mutual Usage Service, a card’s loaded value can easily be spent as e-money at stores and restaurants (not solely on transportation). The following companies meet neither of the conditions above, in effect making each card cost an absurdly high amount to obtain:

  • Hiroshima Bus Association (PASPY) – ¥2000 ×7 designs
  • Kotoden (IruCa) – ¥2000 ×7 designs (limited e-money availability)
  • Uno Bus (Hareca) – ¥2000 ×5 designs
  • JR Kyushu Bus & Nangoku Kotsu (RapiCa) – ¥3000 ×2 designs
  • Toyama Chitetsu (ecomyca) – ¥2000 ×2 designs
  • Nankai Bus (Natch) – ¥3000
  • Iwasaki Corporation (Iwasaki IC Card) – ¥3000
  • Mie Kotsu (emica) – ¥2000
  • Iyotetsu (IC e~card) – ¥2000

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