AKITA--Fans of one of Japan's most beloved dog breeds, the Akita Inu, can see and take pictures of them at the Akita Inu Station, which opened on the first floor of the Area Nakaichi complex here.
Two to three Akita Inu are on display for free, but they cannot be petted to save them from undue stress.
The facility, in the city's Nakadori district, was established by One For Akita, which was set up to help increase the number of Akita Inu dogs owned by households and achieve the zero culling of the hardy domestic breed.
The general incorporated association is headed by Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Hiroki Miura.
The Akita Inu breed, which originated in Akita Prefecture, are famed for their unswerving loyalty and calmness.
Hachiko, an Akita Inu that waited at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station each day to greet his master on his return from work even for 10 years after the master’s death, has long been celebrated in Japan.
The facility is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. It is closed for about 40 minutes from 11:20 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. while the dogs are taken for a walk.
Tote bags and other items are on sale at the site. Profits will be used to cover Akita Inu protection activities conducted by the organization, officials said.