How to Buy SAPICA
You can purchase SAPICA at ticket machines with SAPICA sales functions in subway stations, commuter pass sales offices, bus offices and terminal ticket centers. They can not be purchased on board buses or streetcars.
SAPICA Open IC Card
A card anyone can use.
- Short-term visitors
- They're easy to buy, with no need to enter personal information.
- For adult use only.
- Can not be replaced when lost.
Commuter Pass Sales Offices
Subway station counters
Cards are sold for ¥2,000. This price includes a deposit of ¥500, and leaves an initial usable balance of ¥1,500.
The deposit can be refunded on cancellation (return).
Buying SAPICA from subway ticket machines
Select SAPICA IC card on the touch panel
Select IC Card (purchase new)
Select the desired type of SAPICA
Insert cash (select Receipt if one is needed)
More about SAPICA
There is a SAPICA Registered IC Card which can be replaced if lost.
Choose the card that best meets your needs.
SAPICA Registered IC Card
(For adults/for children)
A card which only the registered user can use.
- Those in Japan long-term
- User's name is registered on the card
- Can be replaced if lost (a processing fee is required)
- Children's SAPICA automatically gets child fares
- You must register your full name, birth date, sex and phone number on purchase
- Children's SAPICA requires the user's ID (passport, etc.) to purchase
- Only one children's SAPICA can be issued per person.
- Children's SAPICA is only valid until the next March 31st after the day before the child’s 12th birthday. (Ex.: Child turns 12 on April 1st, 2019. Card expires on March 31st, 2019. Child turns 12 on April 2nd, 2019. Card expires on March 31st, 2020.) The same card can then be updated to a SAPICA Registered IC Card (Adult use) on April 1st.