JR East offering ‘shinkansen for pets,’ including dog-friendly vacation packages

JR (Japan Railways) East are offering a new tour package that allows pet owners to travel on the shinkansen with their pets in tow. While the package is being billed as Japan’s first “shinkansen for pets,” the promotional images and name “Woof-cation” suggest that the tour is aimed at dog owners.

Current train guidelines state that passengers traveling with pets must keep them in cages for the duration of their journey, but the new Woof-cation chartered shinkansen train service will allow 40 minutes of “family time,” during which passengers can enjoy the trip with their dogs out of the cage,