Just a short ride by bullet train from most of Japan’s major cities, Ueda is not to be missed. Ueda is known for its hot springs and awe-inspiring temples; namely, Anrakuji, Chuzenji & Zensanji. If you are planning a visit to Ueda, definitely take the short train over to the Bessho Onsen resort, located in the historic section of the city. As you walk the marked hike through the majestic forest, Anrakuji temple will inspire you with its beauty! Afterward, definitely take a soak and relax in one of the resort’s amazing onsens!Katie <U.S.A>

Ueda Castle Park, City Museum, Tourism Center

上田城跡公園、上田市立博物館、観光会館

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.

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Yanagimachi Street

柳町

Walk along a Historic Highway

The street has ancient buildings of long-established shops and shows a traditional view of samurai times.

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Sanada Village (History Museum, Pre-castle Ruins)

真田の郷

Home of Japan's Strongest Samurai Clan

Many historical artifacts such as shrines and temples remain to this day in Sanada, the home of the lineage of the strongest and most popular military generals in Japan.

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Ikenami Shotaro Sanada Taiheiki-kan (Memorial Museum)

池波正太郎真田太平記館

A Museum for a Popular Novelist

The museum introduces the historical fiction, which was made popular in a NHK TV series.

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Former Tokida-kan Silk Mill

旧常田館製糸場

Silk Mill Designated as an Important Cultural Property

Ueda was so prosperous in the silk industry through the Meiji and Showa periods that it was known as the “Silkworm Capital”.

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.

Hours 10:00 - 16:00
Closed Irregular
Admission Free (reservations required. TEL: 0268-26-7005)

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Access from Ueda Sta

  • 10 min on foot

Unnomachi

海野町

From Samurai to Merchants, Ueda's Rich History

The roads around the castle were planned and started in 1583 so the town would complement the castle.

In the Edo Period, the Hokkoku Highway brought prosperity to the inns of Ueda. As a merchant town, lucky stones are worshipped at the local shrine, and shops selling local specialties such as sweet buns, yakisoba, and ramen noodles have become popular.


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Access from Ueda Sta

  • 10 min on foot

Shrines and Temples

Ikushimatarushima Shrine

生島足島神社

A Unique Shinto shrine

Located in the center of the Japanese archipelago, it is one of the most important and ancient shrines that house the spirits of Japan.

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Kitamuki Kannon (Temple)

北向観音

A Good Luck Buddha

Constructed in the 9th century. This Yakuyoke Kannon (Buddhist deity for protection against bad luck) has been a pilgrimage destination since long ago and people still come to pray today.

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Zensanji (Temple)

前山寺

The “Temple of Flowers”

This temple boasts a wonderful three-storied pagoda (Important Cultural Property).

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Anrakuji (Temple)

安楽寺

Nagano's Oldest Zen Temple

Anrakuji is Nagano's oldest Zen temple and the only Zen temple in Japan that has an octagonal three-storied pagoda, a Japanese national treasure.

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Chuzenji (Temple)

中禅寺

Chuzenji, a Japanese national treasure is the oldest wooden structure in the central Japan.

Jorakuji (Temple)

常楽寺

As with Anrakuji Temple, this temple can be reached on foot from Bessho Onsen.

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:

Hours 9:00 - 17:00 (Apr-May and Oct-Nov 9:00 - 16:30 / Dec-Mar 9:00 - 16:00)
Closed From Dec 25th to Jan 25th
Admission ¥500

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Shinano Kokubunji (Temple)

信濃国分寺

A temple with over 1,000 years of history.

The 3-tiered pagoda is designated as an important cultural asset. Lotuses and wisteria flowers beautify the premises.


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Access from Ueda Sta

  • 30 min by taxi