Introduction of Contactless Payment in Yaeyama Region’s Bus and Ferry Services in Okinawa

Contactless payment services for bus and ferry rides in the Yaeyama region of Okinawa will be introduced from March 19.

This initiative is carried out by Azuma Transport, Curie Tourism, An’ei Tourism, Yaeyama Tourism Ferry, Sumitomo Mitsui Card, Visa Worldwide Japan, JCB, Ryukyu Bank, Odawara Devices, and QUADRAC, utilizing the “stera transit” solution provided by Sumitomo Mitsui Card for public transport.

The services will be available on all bus lines operated by Azuma Transport and Curie Tourism, as well as all regular ferry routes operated by An’ei Tourism and Yaeyama Tourism Ferry. They will support payment brands including Visa, JCB, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, and UnionPay, with the addition of the Mastercard brand planned for the future.

With this implementation, it will be possible to use bus routes from Ishigaki Airport to Ishigaki Port, and ferries connecting the islands of Taketomi Town, cashlessly. The Yaeyama area welcomes around 1.19 million tourists annually, improving convenience for visitors.

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