Ōdate City – The Loyal Hachikō’s Stunning Hometown


Anyone who has been to or even heard of Shibuya Station (渋谷駅) knows there is a Hachikō statue there. Hachiko wasn’t just another Akita dog around the corner. Due to his fierce loyalty to his first owner, he gained the deepest respect from the community (his story is really touching) that even a statue of him was made and then placed in front of the station where he used to wait for his deceased owner’s return.

Ōdate city (大館市) is where Hachikō came from. Although most of his life was spent in Tokyo, you can find Hachikō’s statues all over the city! Ōdate city isn’t just about Hachikō and Akita dogs, of course! Read on, and find out where to go and what to do in Hachiko’s hometown (^_-)-☆.

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