Ueno Castle (Koka)

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Like most of the Koka castles, the detailed history of Ueno Castle is largely unknown. One historical record attributes the castle to Ueno Shuzen-no-kami but that could equally be a generic title such as the "lord of the Ueno area."

Visit Notes

This is certainly one of the larger Koka castles. The main bailey is a typical 50m x 50m square, with 6 other large baileys built around outside the main bailey area. Ueno Castle has a particularly interesting feature where the Second Bailey is a leveled ridge that becomes a very long narrow bailey essentially hiding or shielding the castle from the main thoroughfare on the southwest side. Part of the north eastern Bailey was cut away for a highway but the castle is largely in it's original form. For this visit it was rapidly getting dark under the trees in January and I had to considerably lighten the shadows and dark areas of these photos to bring out the details. It is a site I would like to revisit and spend more time at someday.

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  • Second Bailey
  • Second Bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Ueno Castle (Koka)
Japanese Name 上野城
Founder Ueno Shuzen-no-kami
Year Founded 16th C.
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Local Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Aburahi Sta. (Kusatsu Line); 20 min walk
Visitor Information park, open any time
Time Required 45 mins
Location Koka, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 34° 53' 2.87" N, 136° 14' 6.61" E
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Collections Koka Castles
Added to Jcastle 2022
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2022
Admin Visits January 29, 2022
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