1. Where to buy an IC card in Kyoto
In Kyoto, “ICOCA” sells as an IC card.
(You can use the ICOCA not only in Kyoto but also in all over the major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Hiroshima and Hakata.)
Not all of ticket machines sell the IC card, ICOCA.
You can buy only from machines displaying “ICOCA” logo (Subway, Keihan railway, Hankyu railway) or “IC card” letter (JR line), so please be careful.
For example, the pictures below are the ticket machins of Kyoto City Subway.
The Only left ones displaying ICOCA logo (or partially colored pink) sell the IC card.
And, the picture below is the ticket machines of JR line.
Only machines displaying “IC card” letter sell ICOCA.
Please note that those ticket vending machines do not sell ICOCA for a child.
You need to buy it at the ticket office near the vending achines.