Discover Ueda

Witness the majesty of Ueda Castle, a striking landmark that dominates the cityscape of Ueda. With its rich history and captivating architecture, the castle is a must-see attraction for any visitor. Beyond the castle, Ueda is home to a variety of temples and hot springs, providing endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation.

Things to see and do


Getting around in Ueda

The easiest way to get around in Ueda is by car, but most major sights and attractions are accessible by a combination of trains and busses. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Ueda

Public transportation:

Travelers who come by train should get off at Ueda station. From there, some of the sights can be done on foot, while others require a bus from the station to get there. 

Rental cars:

How long to stay in Ueda

We recommend staying here for about one day. 

Hotels in Ueda

Seasonal information

Rice fields:

The best time to visit the rice fields is in May or June although other times of year are also recommended as you will be able to view the fields at different points in the harvesting cycle.

Festivals in Ueda

There are two well-known festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


  • Ueda Wasshoi

    • Date: July 27th

    • Time: 16:00 - 20:45


  • Shinshu Ueda Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 5th

    • Time: 19:00 - 20:30


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