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LocationUsable nationwide
Distributed in Fukuoka
Launched7 March, 2009
ManagerFukuoka City Transportation Bureau
CurrencyJapanese yen
Stored-valuePay as you go
Credit expiry10 years after last use
How to use Hayakaken card in a ticket gate

Hayakaken (はやかけん) is a rechargeable contactless smart card ticketing system for public transport in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau introduced the system on March 7, 2009. Its name derives from the words quick (速い, hayai), friendly (優しい, yasashii), comfortable (快適, kaiteki), and card (, ken). Hayakaken (速かけん) also means "because it's quick" in the local Hakata dialect.

On March 13, 2010, Hayakaken began interoperation with Nishitetsu's nimoca, JR Kyushu's SUGOCA, and JR East's Suica smart cards.[1] In 2013, interoperation was extended country-wide, and Hayakaken became usable in all major cities across Japan as part of the Nationwide Mutual Usage Service.[2]


The card features the face of Chikamaru (ちかまる), the mascot prairie dog of the Bureau. Like other electronic fare collection systems in Japan, the card uses RFID technology developed by Sony corporation known as FeliCa.[3] An alternate design was released in cooperation with All Nippon Airways.

Types of cards[edit]

  • Unregistered card
  • Registered card (allowing for reissue if lost)
  • Commuter pass


  1. ^ JR Kyūshū (February 7, 2008). "Official news release" (Press release) (in Japanese). Archived from the original on February 11, 2008.
  2. ^ Ito, Etsuro (October 2013). "Launch of Nationwide Interoperable Transport System IC Cards" (PDF). East Japan Railway Culture Foundation. Japan Railway & Transport Review. pp. 6–15. Retrieved March 7, 2024.
  3. ^ "About FeliCa Technology". Sony. Retrieved March 7, 2024.