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Ueda Castle is in a nice park with Sanada Shrine. The Honmaru is the main part where there are reconstructed structures.The castle is a short bus/taxi ride from JR Ueda Station.
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About the history of the castle park.
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Sign promoting an exhibition at Ueda Castle in tandem with the NHK Taiga drama "Sanada Maru" in 2016.
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In front of the main gate of Ueda Castle. We visited in Jan. 2016 after heavy snow fell.
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Ueda Castle was the base of the Sanada Clan who defended the castle against the Tokugawa in 1585 and 1600. The battle here prevented Tokugawa Hidetada from joining Ieyasu at Sekigahara in 1600.
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Main gate of Ueda Castle.
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A publicity team dressed in period costume greets visitors to Ueda Castle.
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Dressed as Sanada at Ueda Castle, Nagano Prefecture.
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Ueda Castle inner moat around the Honmaru.
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South Turret of Ueda Castle.
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Main gate of Ueda Castle and North Turret.
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Main gate of Ueda Castle.
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North Turret of Ueda Castle.
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Giant Sanada Stone.
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About the Sanada Stone.
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Back side of main gate.
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Back side of main gate and South Turret.
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Reconstructed South Turret of Ueda Castle is open to the public.
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Inside the South Turret of Ueda Castle.
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Snowy view from the South Turret.
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West Turret as seen from the South Turret.
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View from the South Turret.
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East Turret over the East (main) Gate.
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East Turret over the East (main) Gate.
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Inside the East Turret over the East (main) Gate.
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View from the East Turret over the East (main) Gate. Where we entered the castle grounds.
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East Turret over the East (main) Gate.
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North Turret of Ueda Castle.
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North Turret of Ueda Castle.
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North Turret of Ueda Castle.
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The turrets were used to store spears and other weapons.
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Ueda banners
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Inside the North Turret.
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Inside the North Turret.
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View from the North Turret overlooking the moat.
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Sanada Shrine torii.
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Path to Sanada Shrine, a rather small shrine.
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Samurai helmet monument
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Sanada Shrine worship hall.
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Sanada Shrine
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Inside Sanada Shrine
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Sanada Clan crest on prayer tablets for sale.
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Behind Sanada Shrine is the West Turret, the castle's only original structure.
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Sanada Shrine
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West Turret, Ueda Castle's only original structure. It was closed already.
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West Turret, Ueda Castle's only original structure.
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West Turret, Ueda Castle's only original structure.
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View from West Turret.
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West Turret as seen from the train.
 
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