The Symbol of Ueda

Built in the 16th century and attacked twice, these famous remains of Ueda Castle is now a famous park with a thousand cherry trees that bloom in April.

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 Turret and Ueda City Museum (entrance to the park is free)


Hours 8:30 - 17:00 (Final entry 16:30)
Closed Wed. (If a holiday falls on a Wed., closed on the following day),
The day after a holiday
The Castle Turret: Around New Year’s Day
Dec to March except the last Sat and Sun of March.
Admission Ueda City Museum: ¥300
Castle Turret: ¥300
Combo ticket: ¥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.)

Ueda City Museum

The Tourist Center

Official Site (Japanese) Google Map

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 12 min on foot, or 4 mins by bus