Uehara Castle

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This mountaintop castle was the main stronghold of the Suwa clan. It has a great view of the surrounding area and despite its relatively small size was considered to be a very strong fortress. In 1542 Takeda Shingen launched an offensive against Suwa Yorishige at Uehara Castle. Takeda also ordered reinforcements from Takato Castle commanded by Takato Yoritsugu. When Suwa Yorishige realized he was going to be caught between the two forces he retreated back to Kuwabara Castle, a subsidiary castle of Uehara Castle, just a couple kilometers to the Northwest. After Takeda conquered the Suwa Uehara Castle also became one of the Takeda's most important bases in the area. After the destruction of the Takeda, the castle was abandoned.

Visit Notes

Even though this castle is little known and not listed in most castle books or on Google Maps, it is an important castle to the history of the area and particularly Takeda Shingen. Visit it together with Kuwabara Castle for two great examples of typical mountaintop castles.

  • shrine on the castle site
  • karabori
  • path around the central bailey
  • view from the central bailey
  • sides of the central bailey
  • top of the central bailey
  • old split stone
  • top of the central bailey
  • sides of central bailey
  • karabori
  • karabori
  • map

Castle Profile
English Name Uehara Castle
Japanese Name 上原城
Founder Suwa Nobumitsu
Year Founded 1466
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Chino Sta (Chuo Line), 10 min taxi
Visitor Information
Time Required 45 minutes
Location Chino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 0' 32.87" N, 138° 8' 55.32" E
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Added to Jcastle 2007
Contributor Eric
Admin Year Visited 2007
Admin Visits November 17, 2007
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143 months ago
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@Kazuo. Nice. Thanks for sharing.