Hachiko Isn’t the Only Dog Worth Visiting in Japan
These doggos are growing their own fan base.
3-9-21 Osu, Naka Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How to get there: It's a 5-minute walk from Exit No. 4 of Yabacho Station via Meijo Line.
Grava Hawaii is a Hawaiian select shop where you can meet Shiro, the six-year-old Siberian husky with beautiful blue eyes and fur. She always stays in the same position near the cashier, and looks out at customers as they enjoy shopping.
2-6-1 Tegawacho, Kasugai City, Aichi Prefecture
Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. during weekends and holidays
How to get there: It's a 3-minute walk from Higashidegawa Bus Stop via Meitetsu Bus bound for Chubu University from JR Chuo Line Kozoji Station.
FUTORO cafe+dining is a café that is perfect for dog lovers because it sells dog clothes and accessories, and you can bring your dog with you. Their mascot dog is a 10-year-old miniature schnauzer named Bigote. The name means mustache in both Spanish and Tagalog. Laid-back and usually asleep inside his dog house, Bigote is the second mascot dog of the shop.
1-19 Nagisa, Tobishima, Ama District, Aichi Prefecture
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. except Thursdays
How to get there: It's 11 minutes by car from Higashi Meihan Expressway Kanie Interchange.
Unitedbamboo is a café combined with a flower and miscellaneous goods shop. The shop owner loves Asia, and the store has an array of stuff bought from different countries. The mascot dogs perfect for this stylish shop are two French bulldogs: five-month-old Aloe and eight-year-old Apollo.
65 Higashikoken, Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Wednesdays
How to get there: It's a 10-minute walk from Inuyama Station.
Kinu-no-yakata Takumi is a Japanese accessories shop that uses Tango chirimen (a flat-woven silk crepe) as their main material for making the accessories. This shop’s idol is an eight-year-old Kaninchen Dachshund called Yurumi. The dog scrunchy she wears on her neck is also sold inside the shop for ¥1,080. She is usually inside her cage, and since she’s a scaredy-cat, she can’t be touched.
Wa cafe Chigusa
3-11 Sakae, Gamagori City, Aichi Prefecture
Open daily from 11 a.m. to sunset except on Sundays to Tuesdays
How to get there: It's a 7-minute walk from Meitetsu Gamagori Line Gamagori Station via JR Tokaido Line
Three toy poodles cutely dressed up in their uniforms will welcome you at Japanese-style cafe Chigusa. Hidden within a residential neighborhood, this popular café allows you to relax while looking at the garden. There’s only one table outside where you’re allowed to bring your dog, so please inquire ahead before coming to the shop.
1-45 Oimachi, Naka Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Open daily from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (last order is at 5:30 p.m.) except Mondays
How to get there: 5-minute walk from exit no.4 of Higashi Betsuin Station via Meijo Line
The very popular nine-year-old Shiba dog Kurumi has been featured on nationwide TV and magazines, attracting a lot of people’s attention. She is the mascot dog of Shiba Fuku, where you can eat their popular shaved ice all year round. Although she’s not always in the shop, she’ll come out if you request the staff for her. She likes toys and would sometimes even play with customers’ accessories. Call her by her nickname “Ku-chan” and she might wag her tail happily.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Tokai Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (26 December 2017)