At least 9,000 people on Saturday rushed to buy East Japan Railway Co. limited edition Suica smart cards commemorating Tokyo Station’s centennial anniversary.
JR East started selling the cards at Tokyo Station at 8 a.m., one hour earlier than originally planned because many aficionados, including some who had spent the night sleeping in the station, had already lined up.
Shortly past 9:40 a.m., sale of the cards was suspended as the counters and nearby areas had become swamped by the huge crowds, JR East said.
The company said sales would resume later, but did not specify when.
JR East plans to sell 15,000 of the cards for ¥2,000 apiece. Each customer is allowed to purchase a maximum of three cards.