In a convenience store in Shibuya I think I saw a sign
recommending you to go to the SUICA place (JR station guy)
and get an Edy enabled SUICA card so you can use it for both
buying at the convenience store and also for your train pass.
Is this true? Or did I just read it too fast? If this is the case it looks
like Edy and Suica are merging their tech together.
I pretty sure all the data on which stations you use are kept on
your SUICA card and known by JR. I heard the station guy mumble
something like that when I turned in my JR SUICA to I could merge my Rinkai
and JR SUICAs together. I wonder if your keitai gets Suica enabled will
JR and "DoCoMo" (or whoever) share this info between them.
3 . off topic.
I personally find SUICA quite inconvenient. I've stopped using my SUICA
altogether and gone over to buying kaisuiken and saving myself quite a
bit of money in the process. Only problem is sometimes the machines
don't take my kaisuiken (JR and rinkai) (no problem with the subways,
eidan and toei), so I need to hand them into the station guy manually
which is annoying,but saves me money.
To get a SUICA card costs 500 Yen deposit (which you get back if you return it)
and no discounts.
Kaisuiken on the other hand gives you lots of free rides and have no
deposit required. Depending on the type of Kaisuiken you could save
a lot of cash.
Of course for those who use the trains and buses all the time, a teiki
is the way to go, but if you bicycle alot like me, teikis are a bit silly.
Paul B. Lester
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Received on Fri Jun 25 13:31:39 2004