Day Trip to Ueda

Day Trip to Ueda
2019-02-22 Yohei Onishi

Day trip to Ueda from Tokyo. Ueda is a place associated with Sanada Yukimura who is popular as one of the leading captains in Sengoku era (1493 – 1573).

 
Ueda castle built by Yukimura’s father, Masayuki Sanada, and “The Village of Sanada” which is regarded as the birthplace of the Sanada family remain, making it an enjoyable area for exploring the history. Let’s check Yanagi-cho where the streets filled with warehouses, “Kurazukuri” buildings.

Content

  1. 1. Spot Ranking
  2. 5th Yanagi Town Street
  3. 4th Inagura Rice Terraces
  4. 3rd Sanada Shrine
  5. 2nd Ueda City Museum
  6. 1st Ueda Castle Ruins Park
  7. 2. Getting in
  8. 3. Other Area List

1. Spot Ranking in Ueda area

5th. Yanagi Town Street

Yanagi Town Street is a good place for sightseeing located in 15 minutes distance on foot from Ueda Castle.
It developed as a post-station town on the Hokkoku Road and you can see the old style of architecture. The street is lined with old shops such as sake breweries lasting for several hundred years and restaurants that you can enjoy Shinshu unique foods.

Access

It takes 15 minutes on foot from JR Ueda Station, Castle exit and the business hours and fees vary depending on the shop.

 

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4th. Inagura Rice Terraces

It is a beautiful terraced paddy field which is cultivated at present by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ “100 Rice Terraces in Japan” certification. It is amazing that the large and small rice paddies spread like a wave on the mountain at an altitude of about 750m.
 
The best season is from early May to late October and you can see the fantastic lighting show in June and July. ※Please ask an inquiry for more details.

Access

It takes about 25 minutes by taxi from JR Ueda station. Also, please donate “Conservation activity cooperation money” (viewing 100 yen / junior high school student or older, shooting 500 yen (shooting with single lens camera, video camera, tripod etc.) at the entrance.

 

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3rd. Sanada Shrine

When heading for Ueda Castle Ruins Park, you should definitely visit at Sanada Shrine where worships the generations of the lord of Ueda castle.
 
In the Ueda battle that occurred in 1585, sharing in the good luck of Sanada father and son to have fought off the hordes of Tokugawa by a small group of people, there are benefits for fighting and school fulfillment as a “castle not falling”.

Access

It takes 15 minutes on foot from Ueda station.

 

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2nd. Ueda City Museum

Many historic materials of the Sanada family who was active during the Sengoku era are on display at the Ueda City Museum. In addition to Nishikie which depicted the state of holding the castle during the Ueda battle over two times, documents of the Sanada family, armor and so on are placed.
 
The entrance fee for the Ueda City Museum is 300 yen.When viewing the Yagura of Ueda Castle (Yagura is a building commonly found in Japanese castles built for defence and observation in the castle. Yagura-mon is a gate with those Yagura on the top), a common viewing fee for Ueda City Museum,South & North Ygura and Yagura-mon in Ueda Castle is 500 yen.The entrance time is from 8:30 to 17:00 (last entry is by 16:30), closed on Wednesday and next day after holidays.

Access

It takes 15 minutes on foot from JR Ueda station.

 

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1st. Ueda Castle Ruins Park

Ueda Castle Ruins Park is a popular tourist place in Ueda, which has a castle and a museum associated with the history of Yukimura Sanada, a popular captain in Sengoku era. Ueda Castle is built by Masayuki Sanada, father of Yukimura in 1583. In the Ueda battle that Tokugawa army attacked twice, it got famous because Sanada father and son fought off the large group of Tokugawa with a small number of people.
 
As a result of the defeat of the Sekigahara battle, the buildings and walls were destroyed and abandoned once, but restored and refurbished to the present form by the Ueda lord, Mr.Sentani, and got popular among tourists. Entrance fee is Ueda City Museum 300 yen and if purchased a common ticket with Ueda Yagura, it is 500 yen.
 
You can explore freely in other places. Closed on Wednesday and next day after holidays. Also please note that the Yagura Museum is closed in winter (December – March).

Access

It takes 15 minutes on foot from JR Ueda station.

 

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2. Getting to Ueda Castle Ruins Park from Ueda station

On foot is 15 min. Go straight from Ueda Station, Castle exit and turn left at the Chuo 2-chome crossing
 
By bus is 5 min. Take a bus goes to Akaun (Aka-bus) from Ueda station and get off at Koen-mae (Front of a park). The fare is 200 yen.

※Cash payment is recommended since sometimes you cannot use IC cards such as Pasmo and Suica on bus in Nagano city.
(※This is formation is updated on Oct 2018)

 

Getting to Ueda Station from Tokyo Station


 

3. Other Area List

Karuizawa


 

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Bessho Onsen


 

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Ueda


 

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Nagano City

 

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Togakushi

 

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Obuse


 

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Shigakogen


 

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Nozawa Onsen


 

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Tateshina – Venus Line


 

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Lake Suwa, Kami-Suwa Onsen and Shimo-Suwa Onsen


 

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Azumino

 

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Hakuba

 

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Matsumoto


 

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Kamikochi


 

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Norikura


 

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