Starting from April 8th, 2016 a new smart card will be made available to tourists in Kansai region of Japan. The Kansai One Pass card will function as a smart card, similar to Icoca IC card, and allow holders to ride the trains of nine different railways in the region, including JR West and Hankyu Corp. The card holders will also enjoy discounts at about 90 tourist spots and shops, including Kansai International Airport in Osaka.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Tokyo Metro will start selling a new PASMO card specially designed to appeal to visitors to Japan. The new PASMO card can be reused again and again by simply topping up the balance in the same way as you would with a regular PASMO card. The card can be used throughout Japan on any railway, subway or bus route that accepts IC cards, eliminating the need to purchase a ticket every time you travel, making travel a smoother and more enjoyable experience.[Read more…]