Ueno Castle (Kozuke)
Uenojō was built as a yakata in the Late Kamakura Period, probably by the Obata Clan. In 1563, Takeda Shingen invaded western Kōzuke with 35,000 fighting men. Uenojō is mentioned as being one of the positions attacked by Shingen, but it is not known for certain whether this was the same site or elsewhere. In the Edo Period much of Kōzuke was controlled directly by the Shogunate, and Uenojō was used as a daikansho, a base of hatamoto (bannermen; direct retainers of the Shōgun). It was also referred to during this time as Ueno-kurayashiki ("depot") and Ueno-jin'ya.
Since I had cunningly rented a bicycle for free from Jōshū-Fukushima Station, after going to Obata-jin'ya I was poised to visit many sites, and so first I came here, to the ruins of Uenojō. The site is referred to as Uenojō but it was a yakata (fortified manor house). The dorui (earthen ramparts) which remain are impressive, but the site is now someone's homestead and access is restricted. Dorui can be seen from the roadside and stretches for one side of what was once a square layout for about 60m before turning at a right-angled bend around a corner section. There is a break in the dorui which was the site's entrance. What was once a moat is filled in and used as a vegetable patch in front of the dorui.
|English Name||Kouzuke Ueno Castle|
|Year Founded||Late Kamakura Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Joushuu Fukushima Station on the Joushin Dentetsu Line; 40 minute walk or 20 minute cycle (free rental bicycle available at the station)|
|Visitor Information||Access Restricted|
|Time Required||10 minutes|
|Location||Kanra, Gunma Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 14' 1.21" N, 138° 55' 35.58" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|