Visit any modern city these days and chances are there will be a local travel card making transportation, shopping and more even easier. It's the Octopus Card in Hong Kong, Easy Card in Taiwan, Suica Card in Tokyo, and for the Kansai region it's the ICOCA Card. A play on the phrase 'Iko ka' (行こか) meaning 'Shall we go?' in the local dialect, the card covers the major cities of the Kansai region including Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. With one swipe of the contactless card, you can seamlessly hop aboard metros, buses, trains or even pay for your shopping. The card is handily preloaded with 1,500 yen credit, plus the 500 yen deposit so it's ready to use as soon as you pick it up.
Visit: Osaka City Air Terminal, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, KinkiConvenient discount card for JR, subway, private railway, buses and shopping in the Kansai area and around. The contactless rechargeable smart card is the easiest way to travel around the JR West network including Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Preloaded with 1,500 yen and 500 yen deposit. Discounted Haruka rail ticket for the Kansai Airport Express (incl. Tennoji, Shin-Osaka and Kyoto) on presenting your ICOCA card (temporary visitors with foreign passports only).