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The three companies of JR East (East Japan Railway Company), JR Hokkaido (Hokkaido Railway Company), and JR West ( West Japan Railway Company) announced that they would launch the Shinkansen e-Ticket Service, an IC card service on the Shinkansen, on March 14, 2020.

The service is based on reservations made by smartphones and other devices, allowing passengers to board the Shinkansen by simply touching the Shinkansen automated ticket gates with their own traffic-related IC cards (such as Suica).

To use the IC card, create member accounts on the “eki-net.com” or “e5489” reservation sites, and register the transportation IC card in the member information.

A traffic-related IC card that reserves a reserved seat for a Shinkansen or a free seat is designated from the same reservation site.

It will be possible to ride the designated traffic system IC card simply by touching the Shinkansen automatic ticket gate.

In this service, 10 types of traffic system IC cards which are the object of the national mutual use can be registered, which in turn can be used at all designated stations between Hokkaido, and other parts of northern Japan such as Tohoku, Joetsu, Hokuriku, Yamagata, and Akita.

Furthermore, because the fares and charges on the booking site are integrated, purchases can be made at a lower rate than specified fares.

With the launch of this service, JR East’s “mobile Suica limited express tickets” will end service on March 14, 2020.

Original Text: https://ampmedia.jp/2020/02/04/jr-east-3/