Hachiko Memorial Statue

Hachiko Memorial Statue

Photo by Leng Chang

Hachiko Memorial Statue

Hours: 24h
Address: 1 Chome-2 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043

The Hachiko Memorial Statue in Shibuya is a popular meeting spot in Shibuya located right out front of Shibuya Station and Shibuya Crossing. The bronze statue honors a famously loyal Akita dog who would wait for its master daily at the station in the early 1920’s.

Even after his owner’s death, Hachiko would continue to come to the station daily to wait for his master before his own passing nearly 10 years later. He was cremated and buried next to his beloved master and since then, Hachiko has became a legend in Japan and worldwide and even spawned the movie A Dog’s Tale based on his life starring Richard Gere.

He was cremated and buried next to his beloved master and since then, Hachiko has became a legend in Japan and worldwide and even spawned the movie A Dog’s Tale based on his life starring Richard Gere.

Today, there is a Hachiko festival celebrated every year on April 8th in front of Shibuya Station and the location is now a popular meeting spot amidst the overwhelming crowds of visitors.

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