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Ueda Castle [Part1] to the popular castle ruins of too many people in the season of cherry Blossoms

Ueda Castle [Part1] to the popular castle ruins of too many people in the season of cherry Blossoms

The Ueda Castle was an independent former minister of Takeda, Masayuki Sanada, and Heijo built in the Ueda Basin after the fall of the main family. It was a simple castle, but it became famous for the Ueda battle to surpass the onslaught of the Tokugawa army twice. After Sekigahara, Mr. Sanada was transferred to Matsushiro Castle , and Ueda Castle was destroyed, but it was revived by Mr. Sengoku who entered the city and continued until the Meiji era. Only the West turret remained as it was after the abolition Castle, and the North Tower/south tower was relocated and re-used as a Yuguo and was re-transferred to the original place again. The stone wall and Uchibori surround the castle area, the west Tower (extant) and the North Tower/south Tower/Tower Gate (restoration) characteristic.

Basic Data >
Name: Ueda Castle (aka Nun Gafuchi Castle)
● Location: Ueda-shi, Nagano ( map )
● Built Principal: Masayuki Sanada /Tadamasa Sengoku
-Castle: 1583 (Tensho, 11)/1626
-Remains: Three extant turret, one existing gate, Ishigaki, moat, Melody
Related: Ueda CITY hp (Ueda Castle ruins Park)

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Ueda Castle is famous as the castle of the Sanada family (a place to repel Ieyasu). Because I had to go to the middle of the cherry blossom season that the annual event called “Senbon Sakura Matsuri” has been held, it is not seen slowly by a terrific person. Shi the stickiness still? Because I have taken a picture somehow, it is the start report of the climbing castle.

ueda-0679sUeda Castle ruins are Castle Park, and the parking lot is in the plaza which spreads under the stone wall in the south side of the castle area. Old Times says here was the Chikuma River. Visible in front of the relocated South turret restored. There are a lot of visitors because the Hanami event is holding, and there are many stores. Ten brave pot to behave! (I gave up in a long line like the new Year’s behavior Zenzai, or rather because I wanted to see the castle quickly through)

ueda-0681Ueda Castle Ruins Park guide map. Hanami Event “Senbon Sakura Matsuri” is a special sign. It is near the green circle under the map now, and it goes to the right (east) along the cliff to go to the castle ruins, and the route which enters from No. 2 round bridge in the form of the circumference seems to be good.

ueda-0683Walk down the cliff with the castle ruins. This is a cliff facing the old Chikuma River, and Mr. Sanada might have built it here to solidify the defense of the South (Tokugawa territory) by making the best use of this fortress of nature.

ueda-0686Along the old Chikuma River, to the east of the castle ruins. It was a wooden bill when the cliff became a little gradual, and it was about the bank. It is said that it was a meeting place of the samurai who called the former two no Maru and Musha Tamuri on this. There is a city center on the wooden bill… It is written that, in fact, according to Ueda CITY hp , and dismantle the Civic Center (!), it is said that there is a movement that tries to restore the original figure of the warrior reservoir. Hang on, Ueda!

ueda-0687On the east side of the castle area, the moat traces of the two-no-Maru are maintained as “keylined Tree Promenade”. We came to the bottom of the 2-no-maru bridge through the promenade. There is a staircase which goes up in front of the bridge in front of this right.

ueda-0688The explanatory board of the two-no-maru moat in the middle of the stairs. It is said that the train had passed from Showa 3 in this moat ruins! (Showa 47, discontinued line) surprised. It’s a strange name for the Ueda hot-electric, but it stands for the Ueda Onsen electric gauge. There was a “park front station” under the bridge.

ueda-0689Go up the stairs to the castle area. Cross the two-no-Maru bridge. Concrete bridges. The photograph is-Hyochu of “Two No Maru Bridge”, and the mysterious pattern which is published in the pamphlet of the local distribution is seen on the right. It seems to read that it is “Nimaru” in the Ha Shi.

ueda-0690sThe Ninomaru of the two-maru moat looked down from the top of the bridge. The ground base of the moat is considerably steep, and the stone wall looks a little though it is low on the way. The moat was reclaimed once at the time of the castle by Tokugawa, but then he was dug back when he was rebuilt by Mr. Sengoku.

ueda-0695sAt the entrance of the castle Ruins Park, the face of Ueda-Jo, the North Tower, south Tower, East Toraguchi Tower Gate. Truly amazing people! The North Tower and the South turret were relocated to the Yukaku and restored after the war. The central East Tiger Mouth Tower gate was restored in Heisei-based photographs. You can also put them all inside (for a fee).

ueda-0696a-0704sThe person was divided and it came to the front of the tower gate. It is a pardon that the photograph becomes upward by all means because it is full of people in the gate and the outside. Because there is a famous head stone in the stone wall of the north tower, a person is waited for a while.

ueda-0697a-0709sThis is known as “Sanada stone” and the boulders that remain in Ueda Castle. Diameter approx. 3m. Most of the stone in the castle, including this Sanada stone, is a stone called the Green Tuff which was collected in the mountain called Taro Mountain nearby. There is a signboard on the right side, so let’s see.

ueda-0700Sanada Stone Explanation board. When it became a transfer from Ueda Castle to Matsushiro, I tried to take it as a memento of father (Masayuki Sanada who had built it), but but that it did not move at all. The castle was subsequently destroyed, and Mr. Sengoku was revived, but the fact that this Sanada stone is still here is that it did not destroy/did not break.

ueda-0701One shot of Sanada stone. When you stand in front of this stone, the head is roughly 2/3 of the place from the top of the stone. It’s about the size.

ueda-0702I took a peek under the bridge before I exceeded Tower Gate. The south side of the bridge is a short empty moat. The south end of the empty moat is covered with the wall of the stone walls, and it is understood that there is a drainage hole in the center of the stone wall when looking. It may have been a mizubori in the age of Sanada though there was an empty moat in an old pictorial after the castle of Mr. Sengoku. By the way, the north side of the bridge is a water moat surrounding honmaru. I don’t know why this is the only empty moat.

ueda-0711sThere are stone steps which can climb the tower and Tower Gate to the left immediately beyond the tower gate. The entrance in the tower is paid, but let’s come in because it is an existing building.

ueda-0712To the top of the stairs. The entrance fee is paid at the reception in the South tower on the right.

ueda-0712a-0733sThe south tower is seen from the space between the South Tower and the East Toraguchi Tower Gate. Since it is still in existence, the relocation restoration is shoes forbidden. Three towers are separated, but there is a way to make a road with the board, and the device which can move between three buildings while taking off shoes is performed. … What are we going to do on a rainy day?

ueda-0713sTo the south Tower. The armor welcomes you suddenly. It is not related to the Sanada family but the Matsudaira of the Ueda feudal lord in the late Edo period. A variety of Wei two-legged body. It is a gorgeous armor in the gold.

ueda-0717Look at the beams. Traces of the sill ditch remain under the beam. The beams are usually round, but they are square. This is a remnant of the alteration when it was relocated as a gap according to the description in the tower. It might have been a bran or something.

ueda-0722The ceiling of the South tower 2F. The impression that the building for the fight is not the dwelling that the ceiling board is not, and the beam and the attic are exposed.

In the middle hen, let’s take a look at the South Tower ~ Higashi Toraguchi Tower Gate-Kita tower.

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Date of Visit: April, 2014
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm
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