Hachiko, the most famous dog in the history of Japan, has become the landmark of Shibuya station. If you’re meeting someone in crowded Shibuya, in front of the statue of the Akita Inu is a smart choice of location, as it is very easy to find.
For as long as nine years, Hachiko waited everyday the return of his master in front of Shibuya station.
Hachiko’s master loved his dog deeply. However, only one year after the master and Hachiko became family, the master tragically passed away.
Later, a journalist noticed and reported the story of the loyal dog. The story touched the hearts of many Japanese and a bronze statue was built to honor Hachiko’s fidelity in 1934. Today, over 80 years later, the statue of Hachiko is still loved by the people of Tokyo.
The story of Hachiko has been transmitted through multiple TV series and movies within the country. In 2009, the story of Hachiko made its debut in Hollywood as the movie “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale”, with Richard Gere playing the master.
There is another statue in front of Shibuya station. In fact, the Moai stone statue modeled on that of Easter Islands is also a popular rendezvous spot. Starbucks and Shibuya 109 on the other corners of Shibuya Crossing are other convenient places to meet with people. Remember to be careful on Friday nights and Weekends, as the area becomes especially crowded.
|2-1, Dougenzaka, shibuya-ku, Tokyo|
|1 min walk from Shibuya station|