|English Name||Uehara Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Period|| Pre Edo Period
|Access||Chino Sta (Chuo Line), 10 min taxi|
|Location||Chino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 0' 33", 138° 8' 55"|
|Visits||November 17, 2007|
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.
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.