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Castle / Ruins of Castle Spots in Nagano Area

  • Ueda Castle Park
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Ninomaru 6263 - a
    Ueda Castle was built by Sanada Yukimura’s father, Sanada Masayuki. By repelling the Tokugawa Army twice before, the castle became known as the impregnable castle. Today it is maintained as the Ueda Castle Park and it is famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot during the spring every year at the Ueda Castle Thousand Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Omine Castle site
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganohakoshimizu 1612
    Omine Castle site is the remains of a castle that was located on the summit of Mt. Omine, behind the Zenkoji Temple. This was a mountain castle built on a strategically-important site overlooking the Zenkoji-daira (Nagano Basin); at the end of the series of battles at Kawanakajima between the Takeda and Uesugi families, Omine Castle ended up under Takeda control. The Castle was constructed in the Ichijo-bekkaku style, with a main compound and other outer compounds. Remnants of the Castle's earthen walls and defensive ditches can still be seen today. The Tenshukaku (Main Tower) that is situated on the Castle site is a replica building that was constructed in 1962 on the site of the original central compound; it formerly housed a museum and observation platform. This building is currently closed, and is not open to visitors.
  • Takato Castle Ruins (Takato Castle Ruins Park)
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    Nagano Pref. Inashi Takatomachihigashitakato
    These castle ruins are located in Higashitakato, Takato-machi, Ina City. Built on a hill surrounded by flatland, the castle was the seat of power of the Takato Clan. It would later end up in the hands of a string of success owners including Takeda, Hoshina, Torii, and Naito clans before being abandoned in 1872. It is best known for being the site of the Battle of Takato Castle between Takeda and Oda forces in 1582. Today, the castle's moat, earthen main gate, and other archeological remnants still remain. The entire area has been developed into the Takato Castle Ruins Park. Famous for its cherry blossoms, the approximately 1,500 Takato kohigan cherries which bloom in the park in the spring have been designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument.
  • Sanadashi Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Sanadamachiosa 5029-3
    This is a castle site believed to have been the main castle of the Sanada family before the construction of Ueda Castle. Cleverly using the advantages of the geography, the building skills of the Sanada family are evident in every detail. It is also a scenic spot overlooking Toishi Castle and Yazawa Castle.

    Gives an understanding of the type of place mountain fortresses were located. Great view of the Ueda / Shioda Plain. But a fuller "castle" experience can be had at Ueda Castle down below.

  • Aratojo Castle Historical Park
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    Nagano Pref. Chikumashi Kamiyamada Shiroyama 3509-1
    Built on the site of Aratojo Castle, the epicenter of the fierce Battle of Kawanakajima fought between Oda Nobunaga and Uesugi Kenshin, here you can get a sense of what mountain castles were like during that time, and the park is visited by a great many tourists from both in and outside the prefecture. From the watchtowers, you can get a sweeping view of such picturesque scenery as the Chikuma River and the Kamiyada Hot Spring area.

    Arato castle is not a castle in the typical sense. It is a couple of sheds, a fence and a watch tower. It provides a very good view of the town of Kamiyamada. Unfortunately there are no other...

  • Suwa Takashima Castle
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    Nagano Pref. Suwashi Takashima 1-20-1
    "A park and castle site situated along Prefectural Route 50 in Takashima, Suwa City. Takashima Castle was built 400 years ago by Hineno Takayoshi, a vassal of the Toyotomi clan. An impregnable castle surrounded by Lake Suwa, the sight of the stronghold floating on the lake's water has resulted in it gaining the nickname, ""the Floating Castle of Suwa."" The castle tower was restored in 1970 and is used as a museum which presents materials on the history of Suwa Domain and Takashima Castle. The surrounding park is a renowned cherry blossom viewing destination in spring."

    The castle itself is small - apparently a lot of it was demolished in the 1870s, but it’s still interesting and worth a visit if you’re in the area. The surrounding park and lake are nice too but you...

  • Matsushiro Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Matsushiromachi Matsushiro 44
    These castle ruins are located in Nagano City. The castle was constructed as the base for the Takeda side during the Battles of Kawanakajima between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin. It is a natural fortress that uses the Chikuma River as a moat. In addition, Sanada became the ruler in the Edo period (1603-1868), and it developed into the castle town of Sanada Jumangoku. Destroyed in the Meiji period (1868-1912), only the stone walls of the buildings remained, but now the gate and earthworks are maintained.

    If you know the history behind this castle like we do this place has a lot of historical meaning. Although today there isn’t much to see, there is some great views of the alps and mountains and it’s...

  • Tatsuoka Castle Goryokaku
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    Nagano Pref. Sakushi Taguchi 3000
    The ruins of Tatsuoka Castle are a 20-minute drive from the Saku-Minami Interchange, next to Goryokaku Park and the Goryokaku Deai Museum. The ruins were designated a National Historic Site in 1934. It is also known as Kikyo Castle. It is one of only three five-sided castles built in Japan, the others being in Hakodate and Tatsuoka. It was built in the latter days of the Edo period by Matsudaira Norikata, the daimyo of Tanoguchi. It was demolished in 1872 after the feudal system was abolished. Even now, the moat and part of the kitchen remain. Those who want to tour the kitchen area should make reservations ahead of time.
  • Ueda Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Ninomaru 6263 y
    These castle ruins are located in Ninomaru, Ueda City. Built by Sanada Masayuki, the father of the samurai warrior Sanada Yukimura, the castle gained a reputation for being impregnable after it repelled Tokugawa forces twice during the Siege of Ueda. Today the castle's moat, earthen walls, and west tower still remain, as do remnants of structures related to legends about the Sanada clan such as Sanada Rock and Sanada Well. The castle's gates and towers have also been restored. The entire area has been developed into a park which hosts events such as the Ueda Castle 1000 Sakura Festival, Ueda Castle Autumn Leaves Festival Light-up, and more.
  • Tatsuoka Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Saku-shi Taguchi 3000-1
    This ruined castle, one of only two Western-style star forts in Japan, was also known as “Bellflower Castle” due to the resemblance of its shape to a Chinese bellflower. Today, it is a nationally-designated Historic Site. The fortress was demolished in 1872 after Tatsuoka Domain was abolished. The castle’s moat, earthen walls, and kitchen building still stand, and the grounds are used as-is as Taguchi Elementary School. With an advance reservation, visitors can view the interior.
  • Shioda Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Ueda-shi Maeyama
    The site of a ruined castle which once belonged to the Shioda clan, retainers of Murakami Yoshikiyo. Deeply connected to the Battles of Kawanakajima fought between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin, the castle was used as a residence by Murakami Yoshikiyo after he was driven out of Katsurao Castle in an attack by Takeda. During the first Battle of Kawanakajima, the castle was also used as a headquarters by the Takeda forces. Today, all that remains of the castle are its earthen and stone base and its well. Stone monuments and informational signs mark the location of the castle, and a path with hydrangea growing along it has been built nearby. In the Shioda no Yakata museum on the outskirts of the site, visitors can view articles excavated from the ruins.
  • Shioda Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Ueda-shi Maeyama
  • Iiyama Castle Ruins Park (Iiyama Castle Ruins)
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    Nagano Iiyama-shi Iiyama 2749
  • Matsumoto Castle
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    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Marunouchi 4-1

    one of the oldest castles in Japan. you can see the reflection of the castle in the clear water. The red bridge gives it more color.

  • Awazawa Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Chino-shi Tamagawa
  • Yashiro Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Chikuma-shi Ojima
  • Hanaoka Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Okaya-shi Minato 1-chome
  • Warigadakejoushi
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    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunshinanomachi Tomino
  • Yoshi Kubo Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Nagano-shi Shobu Ko
  • Kirihara Castle Ruins
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    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Iriyamabe

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country's most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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