Although cat cafes are just starting to take root in America, the trend has been around in Japan for so long — around 13 years — that it’s evolved into all sorts of exciting permutations. Case in point: One of the Gifu Prefecture’s most popular feline-themed coffee houses, Sanctuary, is offering its fans a chance to enjoy some lunch and kitty time while riding a train between two stations. The maiden journey of the cat cafe train next month will include a bento box lunch, sweets, and a ticket available for travel all day, for around $27.
Just like at Sanctuary’s permanent cafes, all the animals aboard the train will be rescue cats. Tickets for this special one-off event sold out in a day, but who knows? If the cat cafe train is a hit, perhaps Sanctuary will keep organizing these lunchtime animal-themed excursions.