Ueda Castle Park, City Museum, Tourism Center

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Omotenashi Samurai welcome you in Ueda Castle Park. You can watch their martial arts demonstration and get your picture taken with them.

The Ueda City Museum is on your right as you enter the park. You can see various historical artifacts such as the lord's armor, articles from the silkworm industry, and examples of the local traditional folk culture.

The Tourist Center is located to the east of the park and contains souvenir shops and a rest stop.

The Castle Tower and Ueda City Museum (entrance to the park is free)

Hours 8:30 - 17:00
Closed Wed. (If a holiday falls on a Wed., closed on the following day), New Year holidays
* For 2016, open all year until Dec 28th.
Admission ¥500
Tel 0268-23-5408 (Tourist Center) / 0268-22-1274 (Museum)

Sanada Shrine

Located after passing through the Higashikoguchi Yagura Gate at the castle’s entrance. The forbearer of the Sanada Clan and the successive feudal lords of Ueda Castle are enshrined here.
Since the Sanada Clan’s forces at Ueda Castle twice repelled the might of the Tokugawa Clan’s army in the Warring States Period (late 16th century), the castle is sometimes known as furakujo, which literally means “castle never fails”.
In this spirit, students who will take a high school or university entrance examination often come here to pray for some extra luck and a good result. The shrine is also well known as a great spot for photos.

Hours 8:30 - 17:00 (Hours may change depending on the time of year.)

Jorakuji (Temple)

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There is an important cultural property behind the temple, a stone pagoda that dates back to the 13th century. Old Buddhist statues, roof tiles, and paintings are exhibited in the art museum.

Detailed Information about the Art Museum:

Former Tokida-kan Silk Mill

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You can visit the remains of the silk mills today. Five-story wooden warehouses still stand. This and other important artifacts and structures on display stand testament to Japan's modernization.

Kitamuki Kannon (Temple)

2016.09.08  カテゴリー:

It is said your profits will increase if you visit both here and Zenkoji in Nagano City. The name means facing the Big Dipper, which is rare.

There are souvenir shops along the quaint approach.

Zensanji (Temple)

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It is also a famous place for viewing flowers, such as cherry blossom, wisteria, and hydrangea.

Ikushimatarushima Shrine

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Two Shinto deities Ikushima and Tarushima have been worshipped here since the 9th century. The main shrine, which is built on the small island in the pond, has one of the oldest styles of architecture in Japan.
This unique shrine does not have wooden floors, but instead an earthen floor where the deity is prayed to.

Yanagimachi Street

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Experience the charm of the former Hokkoku Kaido from the time of the samurai, a road lined with traditional white-walled houses with lattice doors and shops, and even a sake brewery. There is also a freshwater spring along the road. Enjoy hand-cut soba noodles, fresh bread, and traditional sweets.