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  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi
  • Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi

Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi

Discover the Legend of the Sanada Samurai

Key features

  • Castle Town
  • Samurai
  • Sanada Clan
  • Festivals
  • Famous Cherry Blossom Spot
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Public Park
  • Historic Precinct
  • Nearby Attractions
  • Nearby Restaurants
  • Retro Atmosphere
  • Showa Period
  • Highly Photogenic

Public Transport

Ueda Station15 min walk
Nagano Station30 min train/walk
Karuizawa40 min train/walk

Popular Attractions

Yanagimachi10 min walk
Ueda City Museum15 min walk
Bessho Onsen45 min train/walk

Ueda Castle & Yanagimachi

Discover the Legend of the Sanada Samurai

Key features

  • Castle Town
  • Samurai
  • Sanada Clan
  • Festivals
  • Famous Cherry Blossom Spot
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Public Park
  • Historic Precinct
  • Nearby Attractions
  • Nearby Restaurants
  • Retro Atmosphere
  • Showa Period
  • Highly Photogenic
Built in 1583 by Sanada Masayuki, Ueda Castle is renowned as the fortification that allowed the fearsome Sanada clan to twice repel the even more legendary Tokugawa clan – the eventual rulers of Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868)- in the years 1585 and 1600. Greatly outnumber by the Tokugawa forces, the Sanada clan used the imposing defences of Ueda Castle to repel an enemy accustomed to victory and thus establish their legend. The castle was partially demolished before being restored during the Edo Period and eventually entirely deconstructed during the Meiji Restoration when the castle grounds including its imposing foundation walls and moat system were transformed into a public park. To this day, Ueda Castle Park is in every sense the true heart of the city and while the original castle no longer stands, the expansive park includes reconstructions of the East Gate and their defensive turrets. Other notable buildings within the park include Sanada Shrine and Ueda City Museum. Accessible at all times of day, the park boats hundreds of cherry blossom trees making it one of Nagano’s most renowned blossom-viewing spots and equally renowned for its beauty through autumn.
Around 10 minutes walk from Ueda Castle Park, Yanagimachi is a historic street once part of the Hokkoku Kaido – an important route that connected Ueda to Nagano and Niigata. The power of the ruling Sanada clan ensured the surrounding areas became important centres of commerce, accruing wealth and influence in their own right. Indeed he name Yanagimachi is listed on local maps dating from the early Edo Period, connecting its story to that of the castle itself. Today, the properly named ‘Hokkoku Kaido Yanagimachi’ remains in a beautiful state of preservation, lined with traditional merchant buildings housing a range of stores and eateries including Okazaki Sake Brewery, Takeda Miso Brewery Hishiya, Bakery Levain and Co. Labo Shop along with soba restaurants, cafes and more. Much more than just a dining and shopping street, Yanagimachi is a great destination for keen photographers or anyone wanting a glimpse of the Japan that once was. Opening times and days vary by shop with most operating from around 10:00 to between 16:00 or as late as 18:00.

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Recommended Highlights from Snow Monkey Resorts

Enjoy the Seasonal Beauty of Ueda Castle Park

Enjoy the Seasonal Beauty of Ueda Castle Park

Accessible at all times of year, the park is as famous for its splendid cherry blossoms and autumn leaves as it is its historic buildings and legend of the Sanada samurai.

Experience the Ueda Sanada Festival

Experience the Ueda Sanada Festival

Taking place each year on the last Saturday of April, the Ueda Sanada Festival celebrates the legendary samurai in spectacular fashion, with hundreds of costumed performers and thousands of onlookers taking to the streets.

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Stroll the Nostalgic Yanagimachi

Stroll the Nostalgic Yanagimachi

Only 10 minutes walk from the park, Yanagimachi was once part of the Hokkoku Kaido – an important trade route linking Ueda to Nagano and Niigata – and today is home to stores and eateries housed in beautifully-preserved traditional buildings.

Discover the Culinary Delights of Ueda

Discover the Culinary Delights of Ueda

Yanagimachi is the ideal place to begin your culinary exploration of Ueda - a city and region famed for its traditional cuisine including 'soba' (buckwheat noodles), mushrooms, apples, 'Ayu' ramen and more!

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How to Get to Ueda & Bessho

How to Get to Ueda & Bessho

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25 Things to Do Around Ueda & Bessho Onsen

25 Things to Do Around Ueda & Bessho Onsen

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Find a Hotel in Ueda & Bessho

Find a Hotel in Ueda & Bessho

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Access

Public Transport

Ueda Station15 min walk
Nagano Station30 min train/walk
Karuizawa40 min train/walk

Popular Attractions

Yanagimachi10 min walk
Ueda City Museum15 min walk
Bessho Onsen45 min train/walk