Let’s go meet the Akita dogs

Welcome to Akita, the hometown of Akita dogs!
There are many places in Akita Prefecture where you can see Akita dogs.Would you like to travel around Akita Prefecture and get to see the smart and obedient Akita dogs as shown in the Hollywood movie "Hachi: A Dog’s Tale"?
Akita dogs earned the distinction of becoming the first designated Natural Monument of Japan among Japanese breed in 1931. Please come to visit this “treasure” of Japan.

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Akita Prefecture Travel Guide Book

  • Akita City

  • Semboku, Yokote City

  • Odate, Kitaakita, Noshiro City

  • Oga City

  • Yurihonjo, Nikaho City

Places to see Akita dogs
〈Date to meet the Akita dogs〉

  • Odate Toursim and Communication Facility
    Akita Dog Visitor Center

    Odate City

    9:30~16:45 ※It has a dog break.
    Closed on every Monday, December 31 and January 1. (If Monday is a public holiday, facility will be closed on the following weekday instead.)

    1-13-1, Onaricho, Odate-shi, 017-0044, Akita,Japan

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    The exterior is a reference to Taisho period Shibuya Station, where the loyal Hachiko of Odate waited for his owner. Stacked with over 160 Akita soft toys, the tower makes a great photo spot.

  • Akita Dog Museum

    Odate City

    Mid-April – mid-November 9:00-16:00
    *Closed on August 13 in the afternoon, and over New Year (December 28 – January 3)
    *The dogs may not be available due to weather or their physical conditions

    13-1 Sannomaru Odate City Akita 017-8691,Japan

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    The first floor is the headquarters of the Akita Dog Preservation Society which issues pedigree certificates and publishes newsletters. Curated by the Kennel Club, on the third floor is the only dog museum in Japan.

  • Royal Hotel Odate

    Odate City

    (Inquiry required)
    *The dogs may not be available due to weather or their physical conditions

    1-2-26 Nakamichi,

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    Hotel with spacious public bath overlooking the city. Two Akitas, Eito and Hina Nakamura, joined the team in 2018 as poster dogs.

  • Furusawa Onsen

    Odate City

    Irregular hours (including breaks & walks)
    *Closed Tuesday (closed over New Year & irregular closures)
    *Day guests require a reservation

    27 Niizuna, Odate 017-0032, Akita Prefecture, Japan

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    Onsen Ryokan (overnight and day guests welcome) where Akita dogs and their pups are waiting to greet you. Staff share their stories about the Akitas while providing excellent service at this fun onsen accommodation.

  • Ani Ski Resort

    Kitaakita City

    (in accordance with manager schedule)
    *Irregular closures

    79-5 Anikaginotaki. Kitaakita City Akita 018-4624,JAPAN

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    "Hokuto"welcomes all the guests at Ani Ski Resort Gondola Sanroku S tation. He is a boy with red coat who has won an award in the Akita Inu Hozonkai Kita Akita Branch Exhibition in 2018 It has a brave appearance even among Akita dogs There is also a dog run by the side of the station.

  • Michi no Eki
    (Roadside Station)Oga
    Namahage no Sato Ogaare

    Oga City

    Weekends & public holidays
    11:00 & 13:00 (dependant on the season)

    1-19 Funagawa Shinhamacho,
    Funagawa Minato, Oga 010-0511, Akita,Japan

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    Oga's tourism hub and roadside station. Fresh seafood direct from the boat is the speciality in the local products hall, alongside crisp vegetables and red snow crab which are also highly recommended. There is also a seafood restaurant, and gelato made with local ingredients.

  • Akita Dog Station

    Akita City

    Weekends & public holidays
    (irregular closures on public holidays)
    11:00-11:30, 12:10–13:00,
    13:30–14:00 & 14:40–15:00
    *Merchandise available on Tuesday & Thursday (11:00–18:00)

    Area Nakaichi 1F, 1-4-3 Nakadori, Akita 010-0001, Akita Prefecture, Japan

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    This station is operated by an association called ONE FOR AKITA.
    This association aims to save and create a better future for Akita dogs. There will be white, brown brindle, and red Akita dogs waiting for you in the rotary.
    Station also sells goods and souvenirs which a part of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Akita dog protection activities.

  • Akita Dog Satellite Station

    Akita City

    11:40-12:00 & 14:10–14:30
    *Closed over summer

    JR Akita Station West Exit, 7-1 Nakadori, Akita City,
    010-0001, Japan

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    Sharing the majestic beauty of the Akita with visitors of Akita Station from the Akita Dog Station inside Area Nakaichi.

  • Akita Dog Fureai-dokoro in Senshu Park

    Akita City

    May 5 – October 31
    11:00-12:00, 12:30–13:30 & 14:00–15:00
    (breaks between 12:00–12:30 & 13:30–14:00)
    *Irregular closures due to weather conditions

    Senshu Park ni-no-maru,
    Senshu Park 1, Akita City 010-0876, Akita, Japan

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    Meet an Akita in Senshu Park's Ninomaru! During events, you may even be able to meet two. There are also official goods on sale in the park. Check Instagram and Facebook for more information!

  • Akita Natural Monument Village
    Tazawako Kyoei Palace

    Semboku City

    April – November 8:30-16:30
    December–March 10:00-14:00
    *Irregular closures (inquiries required)

    148 Haruyama,Tazawako-tazawa,

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    This facility provides local dishes of Akita and sell local souvenirs. Every visitor can see “Akita dog” for free. However, if you want to interact with the dogs, 100 Japanese yen is required for supporting and cooperation.

  • Kakunodate Satoku Garden

    Semboku City

    10:00–17:00 (unscheduled breaks)

    26 higashikatsurakuchou, Sembokushi Kakunodatemachi,Semboku City,014-0325,Akita,Japan

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    Souvenir shop with a long history stocking local products such as Kakunodate's kabazaiku, cherry bark craft. Named with spirit and pride, the Akita dog Bukemaru is also awaiting your arrival.

  • Enishi

    Semboku City

    Early-April – November 10:00–16:00
    Day Visit: ¥300
    *Irregular closures (closed December – March for winter)

    22 Uramachi, Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0336, Akita Prefecture, Japan

    ●Facility introduction> ●Official Website>

    Based on the concept of creating your own Hachiko Monogatari, Enishi is the only minshuku in Japan where you can stay with Akita dogs.


※Please inquire with the individual locations for current information as break times due to dog condition and listed particulars are subject to change.