A new batch of special Suica cards to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station went on sale Wednesday.
The new sales come after there was chaos on Dec 20 when the first batch went on sale. The station was overwhelmed by thousands of visitors after it had advertised that it would be selling 15,000 commemorative Suica IC cards to mark the centenary. However, nearly 10,000 people showed up to buy the limited-edition cards by 10 a.m., causing chaos at the station. Station officials were forced to stop selling the cards, with 7,000 left, causing many people to become angry.
Many of the Suica cards subsequently showed up on auction sites at exorbitant prices.
With the second batch, pre-order reservation forms will be available at designated areas for anyone wishing to purchase the Suica cards.
Reservation desks have been stationed at several areas within the station, and posters advertising the new reservation forms have been put up throughout the station. Passengers can either fill out a form at one of the special desks, or register online to receive their special Tokyo Station Centennial Celebration Suica Card.© Japan Today