Uesugi-jinja Shrine

A Shinto shrine located in Marunouchi, Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture. The shrine is dedicated to Uesugi Kenshin, a famous commander during the Warring States period and ancestor of the future lord of Yonezawa Domain. The shrine was built on the site of Yonezawa Castle in 1876 and designated an Imperial Shrine of Special Status in 1902. The shrine was destroyed in the Great Yonezawa Fire in 1919; the current buildings were reconstructed in 1923, and visitors can view the beautiful Japanese architecture of the shrine’s main shrine and front shrine. Treasures passed down in the Uesugi clan are kept in the shrine’s Keishoden hall, and many tourists come to view them year round.

Spot details

Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Marunouchi 1-4-13
[Winter season] 7:00-17:00
[Keishoden] 9:00-15:45
open everyday
[Keishoden] Dec.--Mar.late (1/1-1/3, Feb.2ndSaturday/Sunday is open)
[Keishoden Admission fee] General700yen
Parking Lot
Not available * Please use the Horikita side festival parking lot
Credit Card
Not available
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (Keishoden is not possible)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Perfect place to learn virtue of Japanese ancient governor
    4.0 Reviewed:2018.08.03
    I visited this shrine on my way to our hotel to stay in Kaminoyama. Not being totally expected, I was pretty much surprised to see their beautiful garden, well-maintained shrine, exhibition center...
  • Old Japan in the Middle of an Urban Wasteland
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.08.12
    With the exception of the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the city, Yonezawa really does not have much about which to boast. The Uesugi Jinja Shrine is the majorexception. It is well worth an...
  • Nice peaceful setting
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.06.28
    This shrine dedicated to Kenshin Uesugi is built on the spot of the former castle. A nice statue of Uesugi Kenshin the founder of that powerful samurai dynasty. A nice shrine and a museum of family...

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