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Castle Sanada Residence

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The Sanada Residence (真田氏館) was the headquarters of the Sanada clan before Ueda Castle was constructed. The site is located in the centre of Sanada Village, approximately 7 kilometres northeast of Ueda Castle. The village was also home to other hill-top castles, Toishi Castle or the Sanada Main Castle. Traces of the original earthworks surrounding the residence remained largely intact. The earthworks were surrounded by moats. The Ōsawa River (大沢川) flows on the northern side of the residence and formed a natural moat. The area is still referred to by local people as "the residence" and is maintained as a park.


A signboard at the location of the former Sanada Residence

If you arrive by car, there is a parking lot next to the Sanadashi Rekishikan (真田氏歴史館, the Sanada Clan Museum of History).

The former East Gate


Both the interior and the exterior of the Residence are used as a Mallet Golf course. I hope that the castle remains are sufficiently protected.


The remains of a former stable trace. The earthwork was arranged in sections of 10 metres in length.


The site of the former main gate located on the south side.


Date of visit: 12 October 2013


  • Address: Sanada-machi, Motohara, Ueda-shi, Nagano
  • Transport: 7 kms from Joshinetsu Expressway, Ueda-Sugadaira Interchange via National Route 144
  • Parking: Next to the Sanadashi Rekishikan (真田氏歴史館)
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Hiroto is an ordinary Japanese office worker, but his true mission is searching for castles on the weekend.


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