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Ueda Castle, Ueda

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Head up to Ueda Castle, a historic fort known for its impressively designed defenses.

Built in the second half of the 16th century as the home of the Sanada clan, the castle twice repelled attacks from the Tokugawa clan before the century was out. The second time around, only 2,500 warriors reportedly defended the stronghold against a force of 38,000. Admire the citadel's clever architectural design, with its deep moat and imposing stone base. While not much of the castle still stands, the site's history and surrounding scenery makes it well worth the visit. For Ueda Castle and beyond, use our Ueda trip itinerary builder website to get the most from your Ueda vacation.
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  • There are entrances from two sides only, with long walks if you approach from other directions. What remains is quite attractive and the clan shrine inside is interesting and well used. It is free... 
    There are entrances from two sides only, with long walks if you approach from other directions. What remains is quite attractive and the clan shrine inside is interesting and well used. It is free...  more »
  • After our last year’s visit from Nagano when Ueda Castle sakura were hardly open, we returned in 2018 on a day trip from Ueno based on a tip about Ueda and Komoro from a TA friend. Ueda Castle was... 
    After our last year’s visit from Nagano when Ueda Castle sakura were hardly open, we returned in 2018 on a day trip from Ueno based on a tip about Ueda and Komoro from a TA friend. Ueda Castle was...  more »
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  • Came here 4/10/2022 and the sakura were all in full bloom. Depending on the year, the time of the bloom will change so check before you go. There were many food stalls selling your standard Japanese snack foods. I walked around the moat about 3 times just to admire the beautiful sakura trees on both sides. TIP: In the middle of the moat is this small park that everyone just tends to overlook so it's not that crowded. Bring or buy food from the food stalls and eat it here. If you have a tarp, you can spread it out on the grass. There are also benches you can sit on as well. I climbed up the stairs and got a seat under a gazebo, right in front of a GORGEOUS pink sakura tree. Highly recommend this place during cherry blossom season. I personally wouldn't plan a trip here off-season though since there's not much of a castle to see (but I'm just not a castle person in the first place...)
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