After visiting Komoro Castle Park on Saturday, I took the train to Ueda on Sunday to visit its castle.
Ueda Castle was built by Sanada Masayuki in 1583. It is most famous because in 1585 and 1600, Sanada was able to stop two attacks by Tokugawa Ieyasu. In 1600, Sanada repelled 38,000 Tokugawa warriors with only 2500 castle defenders. After this battle, the castle was razed and moved to Matsushiro Castle. In 1622, Sengoku Tadamasa started rebuilding Ueda Castle, but his work was not completed.
(If you are interested in Japanese Castles, please check out my Castle Page to see links to posts about the castles I've visited.)
I'll post about the shrine and the rest of the castle park soon.