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ハチ公の銅像 Hachiko

  • Buildings (Monuments)
  • Shibuya / Harajuku / Aoyama Area
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  • Price RangeAdmission free
  • ClosedOpen Every Day

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Aoyama Area
2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan
  • Buildings (Monuments)
Opening Hours
Open Every Day
Price Range
Admission free
Date of post:2015/09/16

One of the most popular meeting spots in Japan

  • Sightseeing

Hachi is a Japanese Akita-dog owned by a Tokyo University professor Mr. Ueno which literally means 'eight' in Japanese. Akitas are very well-known dogs as for the loyalty to the owner.

He had been waiting for his master prof. Ueno at Shibuya station on every evening to welcome him home. Even after prof. died, he kept coming to that station to see him for nine years.

People who used Shibuya station have been touched by his attitude and later made Hachi's statue in front of the station to remember him. Now, every day you see nearly hundred people there who are actually waiting for friends and colleagues.

Statue itself was first made by bronze and built in 1934. Present one was completed in 1948. Since then, Hachi-ko looks at people in Shibuya with calm and great care.

Date of post:2015/04/23

Meet the most loyal dog in Japan!

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Hachiko is the world famous dog, thanks to the film and the statue at Shibuya station. The statue is Hachiko patiently waiting for his master, Mr. Ueno, not knowing he passed away. Regardless of the fact it's been about 100 years since Hachiko died, this adorable dog is always surrounded by people.

Now let me tell you something about the master of Hachiko. He is not as famous as Hachiko himself, but he contributed to Japanese society in the field of agricultural engineering. The University of Tokyo's agriculture department where Mr. Ueno taught as a professor felt regret that Mr. Ueno is relatively unknown, and has erected a bronze statue of the man and dog in the grounds of its campus, bringing them together at last.

Hachiko in Shibuya stands on his own, but if you are not happy enough to see him just waiting for his master alone, you could visit the University of Tokyo and see Hachiko's happy face, which almost makes you cry.

Just for your information, Hachiko's stuffed specimen is displayed at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno. If you have a chance to visit Ueno, you could also see Hachiko there too.

「The new statue of Hachiko and his master」
Opening hours: Weekday 6:30-24:30 / Weekend 7:00-24:30
Location: Todai-mae station on the Nanboku line, near the main gate of Yayoi campus of the University of Tokyo.

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