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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's not much but a statue of a dog and invariably if you ever say you'll meet somebody at Shibuya station, you'll meet at the statue of Hachiko. There's even a sign saying "Hachiko Exit" to direct you. It's also crowded because it's were everybody else meets at Shibuya station.

So what's so special about a dog? This one would go with his master to the station every morning, go back home to do whatever doggie things were going on, then in the evening go back to the station to meet his master and they'd go home. Nice story right? That is until the day his master didn't come back.

He had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at work and died. Nobody else knew of Hachiko and so Hachiko did as he always did. Every evening he came back and waited for the next nine years. He's remembered for his loyalty and fidelity. Eventually the station staff came to regard him as their own and would give him food. Although he wasn't that friendly at the beginning he did seem to calm down after others also would bring him food.

This touched the heart of so many people that a statue was created in his honor. One that Hachiko himself was there to witness. And then, almost a year later, the dog finally died. There's been numerous statues, stories and even movies made about him and he was finally buried right next to his master that he faithfully came back to see every night.

It's a touching tale but one in which the story is a lot deeper and more meaningful than just a statue.

Thank CapnKaos
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The statue is very small and with the amount of people around it, would be very easy to miss. Almost impossible to take a picture of the statue alone. Always has a bunch of people taking selfies, so good luck.

Thank Jose P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Hachiko statue at Shibuya station is just a statue, but mind you, your Japan trip is not complete without seeing this and having a photo taken. A lot of tourists in the place starting in the afternoon but really there is a happiness within seeing this one.

Thank Daeng2016
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a lovely statue and the story behind it is great but it’s at the crossing so expect lots of people, the day we went a person had placed his mother cat and kitten on the statue and wouldn’t let anyone near the statue to take photos next to it.

Thank AngeChris2011
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally we got to see the famous dog. Hachiko is up there along with Lassie and Benji. We got there during night time so people are still gathering around. There's flower and notes posted nearby. It's a meetup place, so it's a given that the place is crowded. We waited on the queue of people that want to take photo and ask a nice tourist to take our picture with the lonely dog.

Thank stephencL8207DI
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This statue was very popular and there was a huge queue for people to have their photo taken we him. We just took a quick snap from the side but it was worth seeing.

Thank Wombling_Free_7548
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a historical statute in front of Shibuya Station and the famous Shibuya Crossing. You can’t miss it because there is a lone line waiting for photos. People stay in line to take photos with statute. The day I go I found there is an amiable volunteer old man take photos for visitors. He gives his self made ninja paper weapons to children after photos. Many thanks to this volunteer old man.

Thank jw2018939
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The truth about Hachiko is that while the dog did in fact greet his master daily at the west entrance to Shibuya Station and continued to appear at that location for 8-10 years after his masters death there is a bit more to the story.

The real reason for Hachiko's daily appearance at the station until his death was that one of the local restaurant owners put out scraps for Hachiko to eat every afternoon.

None-the-less it is the sort of sweet,sad story that really turns the Japanese on, one can not ask for more than that. This is a country where almost every dramatic movie is a bit of a tear jerker.

Thank Ted C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the train to Shibuya station and the statue was just in front of the Shibuya crossing outside the exit. Crowded with people taking photos with the statue. We even saw a cat sleeping between the legs of Hachiko statue. Cute! At first glance, it's just a statue. However, the story behind the statue is very touching, about a dog who faithfully goes to the station to meet its owner daily when he came back from work, and continued to do so even after the owner's death. Talk about man's best friend and loyalty. It is now a Shibuya icon and tourist attraction.

Thank PaulSiow
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I saw the movie "dog's tale" repeatedly and always fried. So being a little part of it makes me move and happy

Thank aihaibara27
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