Automatic turnstile of SUGOCA
SUGOCA card reader for store
SUGOCA ( is a Japanese rechargeable contactless スゴカ Sugoka) smart card ticketing system for public transport in Fukuoka Prefecture and environs. The Kyūshū Railway Company (JR Kyūshū) introduced the system on 1 March 2009. The name is an acronym of " Smart Urban GOing CArd", while sugoka ( in the local 凄か) Kyūshū dialect means "great".
On March 13, 2010, SUGOCA has been interoperated with two similar cards in Fukuoka—namely
nimoca by Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu) and Hayakaken from Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau—plus Suica, a card used in Greater Tokyo Area by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). Additionally, since March 5, 2011, in a reciprocal agreement with [1 ] Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West), SUGOCA is also usable in Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, Okayama- Hiroshima and Nagoya metropolitan areas. Similarly, the TOICA card of JR Central and the ICOCA card of JR West can also be used on JR Kyushu rail services. [2 ]
Like other electronic fare collection systems in Japan, the card uses
RFID technology developed by Sony Corporation, known as FeliCa. American graphic artist Rodney Greenblat designed its official mascot, a frog with a clock.
Usable area [ edit ]
SUGOCA was implemented on March 1 2009, in 124 JR stations in
Fukuoka Prefecture, mainly in the Fukuoka- Kitakyūshū area. It will eventually be usable in a total of 144 stations in future.
Types of cards [ edit ]
Registered card: The card can be reissued when lost.
SUGOCA commuter pass (requires registration).
Extended Functionality [ edit ]
The card is also usable as an
electronic money or cashless card in a few stores in Fukuoka prefecture, or to purchase beverages at some drink machines. It will eventually be usable in all ' ampm' convenience stores in Kyūshū.
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