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Survey finds more than 80% of dog owners in Japan would like to take their furry pals with them on holiday

By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

Dog information website Doggy Hongpo recently conducted a questionnaire on the theme of "traveling with pet dogs" with more than 304 dog owners nationwide having taken part in the survey.

The questionnaire was designed to find out exactly what dog owners in Japan think about taking their pets with them when they go on holiday, why they choose to bring them and what reasons would hold them back from doing so.

Survey Question: Would you like to take your dog with you on a trip?

Perhaps the most interesting find from the questionnaire is that more than 80% of respondents would like to bring their dogs on holiday with them.

Whilst this information may not be all that impressive in western countries, in Japan there are quite a few challenges to overcome when traveling with dogs, such as the limited number of pet-friendly accommodation available across Japan, and the restrictions on using public train transportation with dogs heavier than 10kg in weight.

51.6% (157 people) said that they would "definitely bring their furry friends with them when going on holiday," a further 35.2% said that whether they would bring their dogs along with them would "depend on the timing and location," while only 13.2% said they "wouldn’t bring their dogs along with them at all."

This means that as long as the timing and location works out, more than 80% of survey respondents would happily bring their dogs along with them on holiday

Survey Question: How many times a year do you travel together with your dog?

The owners were also asked how many times a year they travel with their pet dogs. The findings showed that as the number of holidays increased, owners took their dogs with them less.

46.7% of respondents who are happy to bring their pets with them on holiday described themselves as "married and without independent children."

27.3% answered that they were "married with children over 18 years old."

19.1% stated that they were "single" and 6.9% answered that they were "married with children under 18 years of age."

Survey Question: What is important when considering accommodation to stay at with your pet dog?

The respondents were then asked what they consider most important when choosing a place to stay at when traveling with their pet dogs.

27% said that it is important that their dogs are allowed to be in the guest room with them, while 21% said that it is a must for accommodation to have facilities and equipment that can be enjoyed by both the owner and their dog (i.e dog runs).

19.4% stated that they would like to be able to eat alongside their furry friend, and 12.3% answered that it is important that their dogs are able to sleep on the bed with them.

The lending of pet supplies and services was recorded as being important to 10.4% of respondents, and 6.8% said that they would like to enjoy hot springs with their dogs whilst staying at accommodation.

A small 3.1% of people answered "other."

Survey Question: Why do you want to take your pet dog with you on holiday?

The survey then went on to ask the reasons that owners like to bring their dogs with them when they go on holiday.

The most popular answer (32.8%) that the owners gave to answer this question was "I want to enjoy time with my dog," this was closely followed up by 30.1% who answered "It is natural to bring the dog, because they are part of the family."

15.8% answered that they "worry about leaving the dog at home alone," 13% said "or the stress relief and health of their dogs" and 7.3% said they would bring their dog "to deepen the relationship of trust."

0.9% answered "other."

Survey Question: Where do you leave your dog if you don’t bring them on holiday with you?

Those who answered that they do not bring their dogs with them when they travel were asked where it is, that they leave their dog when they are away. Interestingly, the same percentage of people choose to leave their dogs at relatives/friends houses and pet hotels.

33.3% answered that they leave their dogs at a relatives or friends house when they travel. Coincidentally, a further 33.3% answered that they leave their dogs at pet hotels. 8.3% said they leave their dogs with a veterinary hospital, while 2.8% said they use dog sitters, and 22.2% answered with "other."

Some of the "other"answers include "leaving the dog at a dog training center," "leaving the dog at a dog nursery" and "I choose not to travel at all."

Survey Question: Why do you choose not to bring your dog with you when you travel?

As expected, a number of reasons came up, when the same owners were asked why it is that they don’t travel with their pet dogs.

35.8% stated that their reason for not bringing their dogs with them was "worries about challenges when traveling with the dog, such as rules in public transportation settings, and pet motion sickness."

17.9% said that they choose not to bring their dogs with them because "my behavior will be more limited when I have a dog with me," and 13.4% answered that their trips are "long distance or overseas."

Another 13.4% said that "there is no pet-friendly accommodation available."

9% said that their dogs are "undisciplined and prone to barking and/or are not toilet trained."

3% said that they can’t take their dog with them on trips because they are "too small, and won’t enjoy the trip," and 1.5% said that they can’t bring their dog with them as "it has an illness."

6% answered with ‘other’ and gave their own reasons such as "my dog is elderly" and "I have more than one dog.".

Following the survey, the owners were asked to rank accommodation options as they would prefer. The top 5 in the ranking list is as follows;

1st place – Resort Hotel

2nd place – Hot Spring Inn

3rd place – Campsite

4th place – Pension

5th place – Cottage

Doggy Hongpo then finished off the survey by introducing a list of their top 10 recommendations for dog-friendly accommodation in Japan;

1st place – Wanwan Paradise

2nd place – Lucian Former Karuizawa

3rd place – Ubud Forest Izukogen

4th place – Kotani style village Doggy's Island

5th place – Wans Resort Lake Yamanaka

6th place – Gero Onsen Wanpaku-tei

7th place – Regina Resort

8th place – Biwadog

9th place – Angel Forest Nasu Shirakawa

10th place – Awara Onsen Gekka, Fukui Prefecture

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© grape Japan

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Surprisingly Great to hear. I usually see most Japanese (well most Asians) chaining up their dogs even at home, garden and at wide park.

I myself want to take my dog at holidays without feeling any shame, shyness or coyly. Last time he was super happy on the beach and always free like a bird at home, garden and park.

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If we travel abroad we can't bring our doggies so we pay a friend to live in our home with them, walk them and generally keep them company while we're away. He has a dog too so it's canine pandemonium for a couple of weeks. If we travel in our car however we bring the kids along to share the fun. Stopping frequently to walk them so they lift a leg slows the trip but it's ok. They need a vacation too!

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80% seems to be a popular percentage these days.

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Best news , thank you JT.

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There are some sad sad people here. Deary me

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Further proof that just because 80% say something doesn't mean it is a good idea...

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If you have a car and want to travel to inaka with a dog, there are more and more accommodation options every year. Perhaps the article would be better off talking about what is out there and who goes rather than asking people who don't go what kind of imaginary holiday might be nice.

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When vacationing domestically, I always planned it around the dog. It was part of the joy. He was a smart guy - learned how to open up the tent zipper and would disappear at first light, galloping back while I was brewing coffee on my camp stove lolling, "This place is great!" I miss him so.

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There are more "dog-friendly" holiday destinations than "tattoo-friendly". Prove me wrong.

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We always take the dog with us while vacationing in Japan. Caro Foresta has many locations and is very comfortable for humans and dogs :)

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Dogs are more cheerful to be around than most people. :)

Lock your wife/husband in a closet and your dog in a different closet for 20 minutes. Which one will be happy to see you when you let them out?

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I would like to be "Big Cat Owner*, and walk around town with my Cat, just as some Dog Owners do....

Doing so may put some things into perspective... Of course, big Cats belong in the Wild - so my "Spirit" Big Cat will just walk beside me.

I dislike dogs.

I hate them actually.

And I hate the Dog owners who go around expecting people to make stupid noises about how nice their dogs are!

As a young Child I was attacked by an attack dog back then, kept as a pet by an idiot. I was lucky, and survived - the dog didn't... and to this day no-one knows why or how or what I did to it.

So, I hate Dogs - there you have it.

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I don’t hate them, but I also don’t like them. I prefer to not have them too near around me. The farther away the better for both, especially now during corona pandemic. Not keen on additional loud , biting and stinky virus or bacteria depots.

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Darn it, Laguna ; (

@Laguna May 18 2:44pm “He was a smart guy - open up the tent zipper and disappear at first light, galloping back while I was brewing coffee on my camp stove lolling, "This place is great!" - I miss him so.

Me, too.

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Walking the dog is shorthand for taking the thing for a dump.

At least Japanese owners usually pick up afterwards.

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