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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Uesugi-jinja Shrine 上杉神社 稽照殿

A shrine honoring one of Japan's bravest warriors, who became a chief general at just 16

Resting amid a beautiful garden, Uesugi Shrine is dedicated to the powerful warrior Uesugi Kenshin, featuring a treasure house filled with original artifacts and exhibits.

Quick Facts

Uesugi Kenshin was considered a war god

Uesugi Kenshin appears in many series, games, and anime

How to Get There

You can get to the shrine by bus and taxi.

The shrine is 10 minutes by taxi from the JR Yonezawa Station, and 11 minutes by a bus. Get off at the Uesugi Shrine stop, and it's a three- minute walk away.

Honor to the best

Uesugi Jinja is dedicated to one of the bravest warriors that ever lived, Uesugi Kenshin. Sent to a Buddist monastery as a child because his father did not favor him, Uesugi was called home by his brother and became the latter's chief general at the age of 16.

He went on to become one of the most powerful and feared warriors and warlords that Japan has ever seen.

Festival of lights

In February, the festival of lights is held where 300 snow lanterns are made and over 3000 candles light the way. Along with souvenir shops, many smaller, local food stalls are set up.

To the shrine

The gateway to the shrine is the paved Sando pathway, which will lead you over the moats and ruins of Yonezawa Castle. You can stop to feed the colorful koi fish swimming around in the well-maintained moats.

Along the Sando pathway are numerous statues and monuments honouring Japanese popular political icons. But nothing compares to the small, serene, and exquisite garden in the surrounding area.

A major collection of Important Cultural Assets

Within the grounds lies the Uesugi Museum, the treasure house exhibiting the belongings of Uesugi Kenshin and his family's descendants.

Within the house there are 131 Important Cultural Properties and another 1,000 items, from weapons and paintings to ceramics, which you can examine up close.

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