Meet Akita dogs

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!

Shodai & Omochi-- Odate Station Masters

As part of a special initiative to introduce the wonder of Akita dogs to visitors, Odate City hired two full-time dog owners in 2016. Their furry companions the two Akita dogs work as animal ambassadors to tourists at the Akita Dog Visitor Center at Odate Station. In recognition of their hard work, the two Akita dogs were named honorary station masters. Make sure to check out their social media accounts and say hello to them as your tour the northern Akita region!


【Birthday】February 12, 2018



【Name origins】
Shodai is the brother of the dog gifted to Russian figure skating gold medalist Alina Zagitova. His name is the combination of the characters meaning "win" and "Odate".


【Birthday】May 30, 2018



【Name origins】
Omochi is taken from an abbreviation which means “power to energize Odate”. Her name was selected from over 200 entries.

Akita Dog Visitor Center

The Akita Dog Visitor Center is the new home of Odate City's dog ambassadors. Visit their new location today to say hello!

1-13-1 Onari-cho, Odate City

April-October: 9:00 to 18:00
November-March: 9:00 to 17:00
*Akita dogs on duty from 9:30 to 16:15.

December 31 - January 1
*Akita dogs are not available to visit on Mondays.

Asuka & Ako-- Social Media

Haru & Hana-- 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!


【Birthday】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!


【Birthday】May 14, 2018



【Name origins】
Hana is one of the six puppies from her mother Haru’s first litter. Her name means “gorgeous; flower”. This beautiful pup has no problem living up to her name!

Furusawa Hot Springs

【Address】27 Niizuna Odate City, Akita

*Haru-chan may be out on walks

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.


【Birthday】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 & Hina -- 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.


Eito-Kun and Hina-Chan are taking a break from their front desk work. If you’d like to meet them, please contact Royal Hotel in advance. Thank you.

Eito Nakamura

【Birthday】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.

Hina Nakamura

【Birthday】July 9, 2017



【Name origins】
Hina's name comes from the characters for Hinai neighborhood of Odate. Together wither her Sempai Eito, she works to greet guests at the hotel.

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.
【Address】13-1 Sannomaru Odate City


【Business hours】9:00~16:00

Saturday afternoon: November 4 - April 20
New Years: December 12 - January 3
Afternoon: August 13