Hachiko Statue is a famous statue of a dog who possessed legendary loyalty to his owner. Hachiko Statue has become a popular tourist attraction and meeting place. The true story of Hachiko the dog, who was a golden brown male Akita Inu (a Japanese breed from the mountains of northern Japan), who would arrive at Shibuya Station every day just to wait for the return of his master Professor Hidesaburo Ueno. This pattern went on for just over a year, until one day in 1932 Professor Hidesaburo Ueno did not return. He had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while away at work and died. For the next nine years, Hachiko continued to arrive at the station at just the right time to meet the train that should carry his master. Over these nine years, the fame of Hachiko grew with article in newspapers. The story of Hachiko was often told to children as an example of great loyalty. In addition to the Hachiko Statue at Shibuya Station, there are another two statues in Hachiko's home town, one outside the Odate Station and another in front of the Akita Dog Museum. There is a monument to Hachiko next to his master's grave in Aoyama cemetery and within Shibuya Station there are bronze paw-prints marking the exact spot where Hachiko would wait for his master. Hachiko remains were preserved and are on display at the National Museum of Nature and Science. One of the many exits from Shibuya Station has been named after Hachiko.
Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture.
Next to Shibuya Station.
Hachiko Statue Map including surrounding attractions.
Author: Craig Fryer