Extremely convenient. You can have your special experiences and enjoy stunning scenery.
Six areas await you, each with its own unique character.
Ueda City preserves the scenery of Japan’s good old days and its cultural experiences. From colorful flowers to new green leaves, autumn colors, and snowy landscapes, there is also plenty of stunning scenery to feel the changing seasons. The different mood of each area is part of the charm.
Sugadaira, where refreshing winds blow in summer, is one of the prefecture’s few vegetable-producing highlands. A popular place for sporting retreats, this is where athletes from around the country come to work up a sweat. One of the coldest places in Japan in the winter, it’s bustling with winter sports on its powder snow. There are a variety of accommodations, including ryokan and inns, hotels, lodges.More
An area where the history of the Sanada Clan, who built Ueda Castle, still lives. Not only is there the legend of ninja Sarutobi Sasuke and his Sanada Ten Braves, but many related places such as the Honjo castle ruins, the ruins of former clan residences, Yamaga Shrine, and Chokokuji Temple still remain. The area is fertile countryside, a gorgeous backdrop adorned by blooming cherry trees and azaleas that set the heart at ease. And be certain to check out the hot springs the locals love.More
Ueda City’s downtown provides good access to all these areas, and makes a good base for sightseeing. There are many business (budget) hotels, so you can stay there comfortably, and there are also well-established ryokan and guesthouses that those making extended stays will appreciate, and part of the charm is being able to choose one that matches the purpose of your trip. The surrounding area is dotted with beautiful shops and cafes for you to enjoy accordingly.More
Hot Springs Area
Bessho Hot Springs
Bessho Hot Springs has a proud 1,400-year history. The hot spring town has 3 public baths, national treasures and old temples that are important cultural properties, and rows of cafes and eateries, so you can enjoy strolling around. The slightly alkaline hot spring that wells from below Kitamuki Kannon, a temple for spiritual gain and protection against bad luck, also has the effects of making skin softer and more beautiful. There are 13 inns to suit a variety of tastes.More
Hot Springs Area
Maruko Hot Springs Area
Maruko Hot Springs Area is the collective name given to 3 hot springs: Kakeyu, Oshio, and Reisenji. Kakeyu Hot Springs is also known as “the hot spring where you won’t need your cane,” and Oshio is known as “Shingen’s hidden hot spring” since warlord Shingen Takeda’s army treated their wounds there. At Reisenji, legend has it the 12th century warlord Taira no Koremori soothed his wounds, then built the temple. Kakeyu Hot Springs has 20 ryokan, and Reisenji Hot Springs has 4.
Takeshi / Utsukushigahara
Utsukushigahara Highlands covers 600 hectares (about 1,500 acres) and boasts a 360° panoramic view, with the idyllic country vistas of the Takeshi area spreading at its foot. The Takeshi River that originates in the highlands is cold and crystal clear, and the fish you catch in fishing ponds around the countryside can be cooked and eaten on the spot. There are also campgrounds and hot spring hotels, so you can relax out in nature with family or friends.More