I would like to go to Mito Station but I am confused about the difference between the 3 Joban Lines. How do I know which train to take?

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I will be starting my journey from Nishi-shinjukugochome station and I have a Suica card. Can it be used on the Joban Line train too? Thank you!
Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Answered about 1 month ago

Yes, you can use Suica card on the Joban Line train. 
I guess you are confused because Joban Line is a single train line but it does not directly take you to the last stop. You will need to transfer at least two trains to get to Mito because most of Joban line train goes only until Abiko, which is way before Mito. 
Another point that is confusing is there is Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line directly connected to Joban Line and takes you until Abiko. 
So from Shinjuku-Sanchome station, you will need to transfer 2 times:

Shinjuku-Sanchome Satation
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|[Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line to Ikebukuro]
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Kokkaigijido-mae

No.1 Trasfer to Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

Kokkaigijido-mae
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|[Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (connected to Joban Line) to Abiko]
|*Changes to Joban Line after Ayase, no need to transfer
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Abiko (the last stop)

No.2 Transfer to another Joban Line

Abiko
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|[JR Joban Line to Katsuta]
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Mito

If train is too complicated, there are highway busses taking from Tokyo Station to Mito directly. Might want to consider that as well!
* Seems like Shinjuku - Mito highway bus is not operating now.

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