Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Japan  /  Chubu  /  Koshinetsu  /  Nagano Prefecture  /  Ueda  /  Ueda Castle

Ueda Castle, Ueda

#1 of 84 in Things to do in Ueda
Castle · Historic Walking Area
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.
Create an itinerary including Ueda Castle

Ueda Castle reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
598 reviews
  • 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...  more »
  • Nice place to walk around and learn about Ueda
  • Beautiful castle!! Especially at the night
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance