Google Japan’s Street View Has Gone To The Dogs [Video]

Google Japan has strapped cameras on the backs of two Akitas who are happy to show you around the prefecture for which they were named!


In Odate City, part of Japan’s Akita prefecture, anyone can tour the city that the awesome Akita was named for–and you can see it just as the dogs do, using Google’s Street View.

Furry and four-legged tour guides Ako and Asuka have cameras attached to their backs and they frolic around the city giving anyone who watches a most completely unique adventure. One of their visited attractions is a bronze statue of Hachiko, a famous Akita dog who is honored for his incomparable loyalty. Hachiko returned day after day after day for nine years, waiting for his owner (who had passed) to return from work.

The ‘dog view’ cam also lets you take some snow-laden trails and go to an open-air footbath, and no tour given by Akitas would be complete without checking out the Akita dog museum!


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Google’s Street View feature is expanding as more and more dogs decide to show humans life from the fur-side. In South Korea, a dog followed the camera around as it explored Jukdo Island last year. It’s becoming such a feature that a site called GoogleDog View shares all the dog-spotting that happens when watching Street View.


Because really, what’s cuter than a pooch’s puss on your screen?

Lori Ennis
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