Odate, the birthplace of Akita dogs
Honestly saying, Odate in Akita is not a typical sightseeing destination for international tourists. But if you are fan of Akita dogs, Odate is a must-visit-spot, because this is the birthplace of Akita dogs.
"Akita Inu no Sato" is just in front of Odate station
Because of the increasing attention for Akita dog not only in Japan but also worldwide, this brand new Akita dog visitor centre (Akita Inu no Sato )was built just in front of Odate station in 2019. The admission is free here.
This centre offers lots of information about Akita dogs and you can buy a stuffed Masaru, made after the Olympic champion Alina Zagitova‘s Akita dog.
Stuffed Masaru’s tower
Getting in touch with real Akita dogs
It is also possible to get in touch with real Akita dogs here. Except Monday, from 9:30 until16:15 (12:30-13:15 is break time) you can pet real Akita dogs. Taking photos is allowed, but not if you are using flash.
During our visit, “Kaede” was playing at this corner. We were only allowed to pet Kaede for 10 minutes, but she enchanted us.
Before petting, it is necessary to wash your hands with some hand sanitiser and rub it well.
If you want to have more contact with real Akita dogs, we recommend to stay in Furusawa onsen.