For shoppers and adventurers alike, there is no better time to visit eastern Japan than between now and March 31 thanks to an innovative partnership between JR East and Mitsui Fudosan. Travelers to eastern Japan can save 500 yen by purchasing JR East’s “Welcome to Japan” Suica travel card, which is deposit-free. They will also receive a special discount coupon and flyer with their Suica, to be used in shopping outlets across Tokyo and Eastern Japan that are close to major tourist attractions.
What is the 'Welcome to Japan' Suica and why buy it?
JR East’s “Welcome To Japan” Suica is a special travel card designed to provide travelers to Japan with a convenient, cashless travel and shopping experience while visiting Japan.
There are two advantages to be had while using this special Suica card. Firstly, this version of JR East’s travel card is deposit free, so travelers save the normal 500 yen required as a down payment for a Suica. The “Welcome to Japan” Suica lasts for a period of 28 days and can be purchased in six variations from 1,000 yen to 10,000 yen in value. After purchasing and using the entire value of the card, it can be topped up further at charging points present in every station in Eastern Japan. With no deposit, tourists don’t need to queue up before they leave to hand in their Suica and reclaim their 500 yen. The Suica is intended to be kept as a souvenir so tourists can continue to enjoy the special Japan-themed design on this card. However, they do need to ensure they use the whole value of the card as remaining money cannot be refunded.
Get maximum value with new shopping campaign
This brings us to the second benefit of this card: using the full value of whatever you topped up is ultra easy as the Suica can be used as e-money in stores across Japan. Users have the luxury of contactless payment in convenience stores and many big high street stores. Unique and delicious coffees from Starbucks, the latest electrical goods from Bic Camera, or hours of passionate karaoke can be enjoyed with one touch (or an onomatopoeic piit in Japanese) of a Suica. This is a must for travellers who are accustomed to cashless and contactless payments as Japan, for the most part, is still a cash based society.
The partnership between Mitsui Fudosan means travellers’ “Welcome to Japan” Suica now has even more purchasing power. Mitsui Fudosan, one of Japan’s biggest real estate companies, owns a number of modern and stylish shopping outlets, like LaLaport or Coredo. From January 24th to March 31st, “Welcome to Japan” Suica holders can make purchases from an expanded range of stores in Mitsui’s outlets.
To entice tourists, a ¥500 coupon and can be used one time against a purchase of over ¥5000, amounting to a potential 10% discount! Forget shop till you drop, this Suica means you can just keep shopping without having to manage a hefty wallet full of cash. The shopping flyer received with the Suica can also be exchanged for a voucher booklet in participating Mitsui outlets, many of which are located by sightseeing spots. This makes the “Welcome to Japan” Suica the first item any shopaholic visiting Japan should have on their shopping list.
The following Mitsui Fudosan Department stores and outlets are participating in the “Welcome to Japan” Suica campaign:
URBAN DOCK - LaLaport, Toyosu
MITSUI OUTLET PARK, Tama Minami Osawa
DIVER CITY, Tokyo Plaza
COREDO Muromachi, Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower
MITSUI OUTLET PARK, Iruma
LaLaport, Tokyo Bay
MITSUI OUTLET PARK, Makuhari
MITSUI OUTLET PARK, Kisarazu
LAZONA, Kawasaki Plaza
MITSUI OUTLET PARK, Sendai Port
Tourists can receive their ¥500 coupon and voucher book by exchanging the flyer received when purchasing a “Welcome to Japan” Suica to at the information counter in any of the above outlets. Here they will be presented with everything required for a convenient shopping spree.
Details of the Pass
The “Welcome to Japan” Suica is available for purchase upon arrival at Narita and Haneda airports, and major stations in Tokyo such as Ginza, Shinjuku, and Shibuya. The card works for 28 days, but after this cannot be used or topped up.
For more information on this campaign, check out the official web page
As we recently reported Japan still continues to cling to cash-based payment systems, in part due to an aging, conservative society. This can be shocking and frustrating to visitors to Japan who are used to cashless and contactless payments. Picking up a “Welcome to Japan” Suica and keeping it topped up might be the antidote that ensures seamless travel and shopping during your stay in Japan.
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