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Shinano Province, tracing the roots of three generations of the Sanada Family

Yukimura’s grandfather, Yukitaka is also known as having been an extraordinary tactician.
Trace the roots of three generations of the Sanada Family to Shinano Province (Nagano prefecture).

The three generations of the family’s battle lineage began with Yukimura’s grandfather, Yukitaka. While Yukitaka once lost territory to an invasion by Takeda Nobutora, he became a vassal to Takeda Harunobu (later, Shingen) who rebelled against his father. He became a seasoned warrior counted among the 24 Generals of Takeda Shingen.

Ueda-jo CastleThe castle was constructed by Masayuki, Yukimura’s father, who used all his ingenuity to fight renowned military commanders to ensure the Sanada Family endured.

Masayuki built the castle in 1583. It was a practical castle on a plain that leveraged the topography, and was known as an impregnable castle because the Tokugawa army was repelled twice. Today, it has been developed as Ueda-jo Castle Park. Features such as the stone wall and watchtower communicate vestiges of the past. The wooden watchtower gate and enclosure were restored during the Heisei period.

Ueda City Museum exhibits local silkworm-breeding materials and ancient documents, in addition to armor worn by successive generations of feudal lords of the Ueda Domain. It is located next to the ruins of Ninomaru (outer keep) in the park.

Of the three watchtowers still in existence, the west watchtower is a prefectural treasure. It is a corner watchtower built in the main castle enclosure on top of a river terrace.

Location: Ninomaru, Ueda-shi, Nagano
TEL: 0268-23-5408 (Ueda City Tourism Division)
*Call Ueda City Museum at 0268-22-1274 for inquiries.
Visitors are free to walk around the park/No entrance fee *Ueda City Museum and Ueda-jo Castle Watchtower Gate charge an entrance fee (for entry to both facilities).
Access: Approx. 12 min. on foot from JR Hokuriku Shinkansen/Shinano Railway/Ueda Electric Railway Bessho Line “Ueda Station”

The Sanada MansionWell known as Oyashiki Park, it is located next to the history museum.

Sanada-machi in Ueda City is, as the name states, said to be the birthplace of Sanada. There are many historic spots related to the family, including The Sanada Mansion, which was developed as a residence for the family before Ueda-jo Castle was built. It is open to the public as Oyashiki Park. The History Museum of the Sanada Clan next door exhibits materials in an easy-to-understand manner that trace the vestiges of the three generations.

The mansion ruins are well known to the locals who call it the “oyashiki.” The site is famous for azaleas, and within the grounds are traces of earthen walls and the front gate.

The History Museum of the Sanada Clan also displays items including armor and battle gear used in the NHK drama, Sanada Taiheiki.

Location: 2962-1 Motohara, Sanada-machi, Ueda-shi, Nagano
TEL: 0268-72-2204 (Industry & Tourism Division, Ueda City Sanada Regional Government Center)
*Call The History Museum of the Sanada Clan at 0268-72-4344 for inquiries.
Visitors are free to walk around/No entrance fee
Access: Approx. 30 min. by bus from JR Hokuriku Shinkansen/Shinano Railway/Ueda Electric Railway Bessho Line “Ueda Station;” get off at “Yukimura no Sato Yumekobo-mae”

Shinshu Ueda Sanada Maru Taiga Drama Museum Opens January 17, 2016 (Sun.)!

Ueda in Shinshu is the home of the Sanada Family. Naturally, it is also given a prominent position in the depiction of Yukimura’s life in the NHK historical drama, Sanada Maru being broadcast in 2016. Against a backdrop of popular interest in the Sengoku era, many fans of history are visiting historic spots connected to the Sanada Family, including Ueda-jo Castle. Furthermore, to coincide with the broadcasting of the historical drama, Shinshu Ueda Sanada Maru Taiga Drama Museum will open in Ueda City for approximately one year during the period from January 17, 2016 (Sun.) to January 15, 2017 (Sun.). Items such as sets and costumes will be exhibited in tandem with the dramatic story of the tumultuous life of Yukimura, who barreled through the turbulent Sengoku period. The hall fully introduces the allure of Yukimura and the drama using a 3-dimensional slope patterned after the castle.

View the website for details.

Shinshu Ueda Sanada Maru Taiga Drama Museum

Location: Ninomaru, Ueda-shi, Nagano (in Ueda-jo Castle Park)
TEL: 0268-75-2554 (Office of Ueda City Council for the Promotion of the Taiga Drama Sanada Maru)
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (last admission at 4:30 p.m.); open year round
Fee: 600 yen for adults; 300 yen for elementary/junior high school students
Access: Approx. 12 min. on foot from JR Hokuriku Shinkansen/Shinano Railway/Ueda Electric Railway Bessho Line “Ueda Station”

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