when I was in Japan in last April this deal was not available, so the best deal for me for travelling between KIX aND Kyoto was a one-day "Kansai Area pass", which made me travel on the Haruka for 2,000 yen.
If I correctly understand the new deal, instead, I would have to pay 3,000 yen (for one-way travel); 500 are the refundable deposit, so if I give the ICOCA card back at the end, it's like paying 2,500 yen. This would give me one-way travel on Haruka + 1,500 yen of usable credit on the card, which in fact is like "real money", as they can also be spent at 7-eleven or Lawson's, etc. (in addition to Kyoto subway, etc). So, after all, it's like spending just 1,000 yen for travelling on Haruka.
If that's the case I'll use this deal, when I'm back to Japan next year.
Is my maths correct? It almost sounds too good to be true!Edited: 10 November 2012, 11:29