Luggage with a combined height of 160 cm (63 inches) or less
These suitcases will not be subject to any restrictions. However, these items will have to be stored either in the overhead above your seat or on the floor in front of you.
Luggage with a combined height, width and depth or 160 cm to 250 cm (98.5 inches)
Luggage with a combined height, width and depth of more than 250 cm
Luggage with combined height, width and depth of more than 250 cm will not be allowed on the Shinkansen.
JR has said these restrictions are being implemented due to the Olympics. It is unknown at this time whether the new restrictions will continue after the Olympics or not. It is our guess they will be continued.
From the diagrams we have seen, they will be removing 2 to 4 rows of seats from each car to make room for the new storage spaces.
Since we already use baggage transfer for all of our tours, and everyone on our tours is using smaller suitcases, we don’t see these new restrictions affecting our tours or tour members.
We have many questions regarding these new restrictions, as I am sure you do. More details will be forthcoming, and we will keep everyone posted with further developments.