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Meet Akita Dogs

Want to meet cute Akita dogs? Odate is the place to visit.
There are several locations throughout the city where Akita dogs are wagging their tails just meet you!

Asuka & Ako-- Odate Station Masters

   Since August, 2016, the city has employed two female staff members from outside Akita as part of a special initiative. The pair now live in Akita city and are responsobile for caring after two Akita dogs--Asuka and Ako. Through social media posts and participation in events, their goal is to help raise awareness of the wonderful tourism opportunities in the area.
  Come meet Asuka and Ako for yourself! They hold meet-and-greet events at several places around the city.


 June 23, 2016
●Name origins
 From and Indian word meaning "paradise". Hopefully her hometown, Odate, will continue to be a peaceful and prosperous for years to come!


 June 23, 2016
●Name origins
 From a Japanese meaning "much loved red Akita dog".

Akita Inu Fureaidokoro (Akita Dog Visitors Center)-- OPEN!

The Akita Inu Fureaidokoro, a place where visitors can meet real Akita dogs, is now open!
It is conveniently located next to Odate Station.
Both Asuka and Ako are present on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. They take turns doing solo shifts on Tuesday and Friday.
Swing by and say hello!
*Due to schedule changes, only one dog may be present even on two dog days.
*Facility may be closed for events, etc.
Location:Next to Odate Station (Odate Tourism Association)
Closed:Monday・Thursday (Open on those days if a national holiday and closed the following open day)

Haru-chan-- Furusawa Hot Springs Greeting Staff

   Haru-chan started her career at Furusawa Hot Spring in June of 2017. Her name means "warmth" and is taken from the word for hot springs in Japanese. She's new to staff, but greets every guest with an excited wag of her tail. Stop by and see her on the job!


 March 10, 2017
●Name origins
 Haru means "warm" and it taken from the Japanese word for hot spring. After meeting Haru-chan you'll feel all warm and fluffy inside too!
Furusawa Hot Springs
Address:27 Niizuna, Odate City, Akita 
※Haru-chan may be out on walks

Nono-- Zerodate Art Center

Nono-chan spends her days at the Zerodate Art Center in the heart of Odate.
She has a lot of roles including participating in local events and doing PR work for art installations, but her most important job is greeting visitors to the center with a wagging tail.


 January 10,  2014
Name origins
 Nono's name was picked from over 200 suggestions and comes from Japanese words meaning "hope".
Zerodate Art Center (ZAC)
Address:9 Aza Omachi Odate City, Akita
Business hours:11:00~18:00
※Nono may not be at the center due to events, walks, etc.

Hokuto-- Ani Ski Resort

  Visitors to Kitaakita have been treated to seeing a real Akita dog at Ani Ski Resort since August, 2016.
  Hokuto, the dog, has his own private room at the main building where visitors can stop by and say hello to the friendly dog.


 November 30, 2016
​●Name origins
 Hokuto means "north star" in Japanese.
   He was given that name to act as a guiding light for visitors coming to Mt. Moriyoshi.
Ani Ski Resort
Address:79-5 Ani Kaginotaki Kitaakita City, Akita
※Hokuto takes days off with his owner. Please call beforehand to see if he is present.

Eito-kun-- Royal Hotel Odate

   Meet Eito-Kun, the newest and fluffiest staff member at the Royal Hotel!
Eito-kun, still jsut 3 months old, it a ball of adorable energy.
The picture below is Eito-Kun getting trained to welcome guests to the hotel.


 July 10, 2017
●Name origins
   Eito (栄斗) got his name from the Japanese words sakaeru (prosper) and hokuto (north star). Put together, the words represent the hope that Odate City and its guests are prosperous in all things. Of course, it is also a pun on the the famous dog Hachi, whose name means "eight" in Japanese.
Royal Hotel Odate
Address:1 Chome-2-26 Nakamichi Odate City, Akita
※Eito-kun's house not yet complete. Please ask at the front desk to see Eito-kun.

Akita Dog Museum

   The Akita Preservation Society World Headquarters is also home to the Akita Dog Museum.
General enquiries are handled on the first floor, while guests can learn about the history of Akita dogs at the thrid floor museum.
Dogs are on staff at the first floor office on weekdays for guests who would like to pet and meet real Akitas!
Akita dogs on staff:5
 ・Pure white fur, Yuki (receptionist)
 ・Red fur, Kurobei
 ・Red fur, Gin
 ・Red fur, Puko
 ・Red fur, Madoka
※Guests can meet the dogs in the office on weekdays.
※One dog is kept outside in the dog house from mid-April to mid-November.
Akita Dog Museum
Address:13-1 Sannomaru Odate City
Business hours:9:00~16:00
Closed:Saturday afternoon: November 4 - April 20
              New Years: December 12 - January 3
              Afternoon: August 13