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Ueda Castle

The ruin of the castle that brought victories in the two battles against the Tokugawa army.

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Castle, museum

The castle, built under the direction of Sanada Masayuki in 1583, was known as impenetrable after defeating the Tokugawa army in the first and second battles of Ueda. After the battle of Sekigahara, it was demolished, but Sengoku Tadamasa, the lord after Sanada, restored the castle. Matsudaira inherited it afterwards, then, the Meiji Restoration came to pass.

Today, the ruin is surrounded by cherry and zelkova trees in a green park. In spring, there is Ueda Castle Cherry Festival and in fall, Ueda Castle Fall Color Festival. In 2009, the animation ”Summer Wars” featured this castle as the gate of the heroine’s home. Now, many anime fans visit here.

You can look inside Ueda Castle’s south and north towers, ”Sanada Rock”, the historical stone wall of Sanada Masayuki, and the memorial hall for Akamatsu Kosaburo, the military strategist during the end of the samurai era. Ueda City Museum with the armors of the castle lords can be intriguing to see.

Highlights

  • The castle built under the direction of Sanada Masayuki, known as impenetrable.
  • You can look inside the south and north towers or Sanada Rock, the historical stone wall.
  • Famous as the castle featured in the animation Summer Wars.

Photos

  • The east tower gate was restored in 1994.

    The east tower gate was restored in 1994.

  • The Ueda Castle ruins on the south side

    The Ueda Castle ruins on the south side

  • Between 1626 and 1628, Lord Sengoku directed the restoration of Ueda Castle’s west tower, the only architecture that exists today since the Edo Period. No entry allowed into the interior.

    Between 1626 and 1628, Lord Sengoku directed the restoration of Ueda Castle’s west tower, the only architecture that exists today since the Edo Period. No entry allowed into the interior.

  • The biggest rock of 3m in diameter, Sanada Rock. A mythology says that Sanada Masayuki’s son, Nobuyuki tried to take it with him as a memento of his late father, but it never moved.

    The biggest rock of 3m in diameter, Sanada Rock. A mythology says that Sanada Masayuki’s son, Nobuyuki tried to take it with him as a memento of his late father, but it never moved.

  • The parliamentary government was proposed by Akamatsu Kosaburo, a local activist of Ueda. There is a memorial hall for him.

    The parliamentary government was proposed by Akamatsu Kosaburo, a local activist of Ueda. There is a memorial hall for him.

  • Ueda Castle, Cherry blossoms

    Ueda Castle, Cherry blossoms

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Details

Name in Japanese
上田城
Postal Code
386-0026
Address
Ninomaru, Ueda City, Nagano
Tel
0268-22-1274 (Ueda City Museum)
Holiday
Grounds always open (the castle towers and museum close on Wednesdays, the end of the year, New Years Days, and the following day of a holiday)
Hours
Grounds always open (the castle towers and museum:8:30am-5pm. *Last entry: 4:30pm)
Admission
Ueda Castle south and north towers and the tower gate:
Adults 300 yen, High schooler and older: 200 yen,
Middle schooler and Elementary children:100 yen
City Museum permanent exhibition:
Adults 300 yen, High schooler and older: 200 yen, Middle schooler and Elementary children:100 yen
Combo (City Museum and south/north towers/tower gate):
Adults 500 yen, High schooler and older: 300 yen, Middle schooler and Elementary children:150 yen
Directions
1) From JR Hokuriku Shinkansen, Ueda Station, walk 12 min.
2) From Joshinetsu Expressway, Ueda-Sugadaira Interchange, drive 15 min.
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)