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icoca and 1 way haruka pass

icoca and 1 way haruka pass


I am travel to Japan Osaka -Kyoto area for 7 days ,i am very confuse with all the pass provided in the market especially all the card have it limitation, hence I intend to buy icoca card which can use in JR, subway and the bus.

I had brought Kansai area 3 day pass to cover D1 air port transfer and other long distance travel, hence I cannot purchase icoca + Haruka round trip ticket from Kansai air port. I have to purchase icoca and 1 way haruka pass from Osaka Station .

My question is when is the 1 way haruka pass activated ? is it on the day of purchase (for my case day 7 of stay) or like HK Octopus card ,it only activated upon usage ? As my return flight is in the morning ,so I prefer I can use this icoca card from day 4 onward.




Hi Chrismile,

The ICOCA + Haruka package is basically a normal ICOCA card plus a separate discounted ticket for the Haruka Express and are usable apart from each other.

However at point of purchase, I do think you have to specify when you will want to use the Haruka Ticket.

Hope this helps,


Hi Daniel

Thanks for the reply, I will approach the counter staff on the Haruka Express activation date.

Best Regards



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