Uedajo Castle Ruin Park : 上田城跡公園
Invincible Castle Famous for Twice Repulsing the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Ueda Castle, especially its original tower and impressive main gate, will impress you with its massive size and stonework. The castle grounds are famous for the cherry blossoms in April and the colorful foliage in the fall. Ueda City’s “Omotenashi Bushotai” samurai performances take place at scheduled times throughout the year. Two of the recreated towers are open for touring (entrance fee required).
As with most similar castles in Japan, Ueda Castle was torn down after the Meiji Restoration. Many of its timbers were then repurposed to construct other buildings in the area. When civic leaders decided to rebuild, after an exhaustive search they tracked down many of those timbers and re-repurposed them for the castle's reconstruction. Despite being recreated relatively recently (the main gate was finished in 1996), the use of the original posts and beams adds an air of authenticity to the construction.
Also of note in the castle grounds is the water well which purportedly is connected to a secret tunnel that leads to a temple outside the eastern moat.
- Date(s) :
- Open year-round
- Reservations :
- Not required
City museum: 8:30 to 17:00 (doors close 16:30) Admission: 250
Closes every Wed, the day after national holiday, and year-end and new-year holidays.
Ueda Castle Turret closes in winter (Dec to Mar).
Tel# is for the Ueda Convention Bureau.
- By Train
- From Ueda Station(JR Hokuriku(Nagano) Shinkansen), On foot: Go straight up from Ueda Station Castle Exit and turn left at the "Chuo 2 Chome" intersection. Approx. 12 min.
- By Car
- From Ueda Sugadaira IC, 12 min
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