Five Special Charms of Ueda

1. Home to the Sanada Clan, the Strongest and Most Popular Samurai and Ninja Family in Japan

Four hundred years ago during the Warring States period, the Sanada clan emerged in Ueda. They left Ueda with a history of castles, ninjas, and samurais, and they are regarded as heroes in Japan.

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2. Historic Hot Springs and Architecture

There are many traditional hot springs in this area, with Bessho Onsen as the oldest hot spring in Nagano, and Kakeyu Onsen as a famous recuperative spa since the Edo period.
Bessho Onsen also has an abundance of historic shrines and temples, dating back many hundreds of years.

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3. Magnificent Natural Surroundings and a Blessed Climate

There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors. Sugadaira Highlands is a mecca for rugby in the summer and skiing in the winter. Hosting an art museum above the clouds, Utsukushigahara Highlands is located in splendid natural areas and blessed with the least amount of rainfall in the mainland Japan.

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4. Unique Local Culture and Cuisine

The Ueda area is famous in Japan for silk, which developed as a winter industry for the local farmers, and led to many unique artistic and cultural accomplishments of farmers. Garlic-flavored oidare yakitori (char-broiled chicken) and large helping size of soba (buckwheat noodles) are just a couple of examples of the local delicacies you can enjoy.

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5. Only 90 Minutes from Tokyo by Shinkansen – A Convenient Sightseeing Base

Located in central Nagano, Ueda is an ideal stepping stone from Tokyo to many other famous attractions such as Kanazawa, Karuizawa, Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple and others.

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