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Uesugi Shrine
Uesugi Shrine
Uesugi Shrine
The shrine was built to honor Kenshin Uesugi, one of the greatest and bravest warriors in the age of provincial wars. It is the familiar place for Yonezawa citizens all the year round, to pray for new year’s, blessing for a newborn, road safety and so on.
The current building was designed in 1913 by Mr. Chuta Ito, who is the leading expert of shrine architecture.
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Matsugasaki Shrine
Matsugasaki Shrine
Matsugasaki Shrine
The shrine is dedicated to Yozan Uesugi, the 9th lord of Yonezawa. It is also sacred to Kagekatsu Uesugi, the 1st lord of Yonezawa, and Kanetsugu Naoe, a chief vassal of Clan Uesugi.
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Clan Uesugi’s Mausoleum
Clan Uesugi’s Mausoleum
Clan Uesugi’s Mausoleum
In the mausoleum filled with solemn atmosphere surrounded by over 400-year-old cedar trees, the gravesites of the ancient line of the Yonezawa lords are festooned. Government-designated historical site.
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Keishōden
Keishōden
Keishōden
A collection of the Uesugi Clan’s treasures on display.
Stored within the walls of the treasure store of Uesugi-jinja Shrine is a collection of around 300 items consisting of Katanas, Armour, and Paintings; all on display. A collection of items designated important cultural property makes this display a must see for any history buff. `Kinkozane Azagiodoshi Nimaidō Gusoku’, the famous armor used by Naoe Kanetsugu that is distinctive for its decorative head-piece with the Japanese Character ‘Ai’ (love) is displayed here. Other rare articles include the body armor used by Uesugi Kenshin known as ‘Iroiro Odoshi Haramaki’ meaning ‘Multi-color laced cuirass’ (considered an item of important cultural heritage) and the ‘Murasaki Itōdoshiiyozane Yonmai Dō Zoku’ used by Uesugi Kagekatsu which features a head-piece based off the sun (considered an important cultural item of the prefecture) as well as other treasures from the Uesugi clan.
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Opening times
9:00 ~ 16:00
(Last Entry at 15:45)

Winter Break (closed)
1st of December ~ Mid-March

Entrance Fee
General ¥400 (¥350)
High-School/University Students ¥300 (¥250)
Elementary/Middle School Students ¥200 (¥150)

※Prices displayed in brackets refer to groups over 20 persons.

Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum
Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum
Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum
The national treasure “Rakuchu Rakugaizu Byobu” and “Uesugike Monjo” are part of the Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum’s collection, which is composed of thousands of items associated with clan Uesugi.
The museum provides entertaining opportunities to learn about Yonezawa, such as the theater and the digital gadget installed in the exhibition room where visitors can enjoy the virtual imagery of “Rakuchu Rakugaizu Byobu” using computer graphics.
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Kasugayama Rinsen-ji temple
Kasugayama Rinsen-ji temple
Kasugayama Rinsen-ji temple
Kasugayama Rinsen-ji temple 2
The graves of the wives and children of Yonezawa’s feudal lords can be found here, as well as the grave of Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife.
Approximately 500 years ago Nagaoka Getora (later Uesugi Kenshin)’s grandfather Nagao Yoshikage erected Rinsen-ji temple in the town of Takada in Echigo no Kuni (modern day Niigata) in memorial to his father. Kenshin, who later inherited the temple then turned it into the Uesugi Clan’s family temple.

In the 6th year of the Keichō Era (1601), after Kagekatsu was given the Yonezawa domain (a significantly less wealthy domain than he previously had ruled over) as punishment the temple was also moved to Yonezawa.

Located within the grounds are the graves of Kagekatsu’s wife, Princess Kiku (the daughter of Takeda Shingen) and Kagekatsu’s mother, Sentōin. The grave of Uesugi Yōzan’s concubine as well as the wives and children of other feudal lords can also be found. The grave of Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife are also located here.
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Opening times
9:00~17:00

Entrance Fee
Entry into grounds: ¥100
Entry into building: ¥300

※Entry into the temple is ceased in the winter season. Entry may also be restricted in the event of services and events.

Hosenji Temple
Hosenji Temple
Garden of housenji temple
This temple was built by Kanetsugu Naoe, the senior retainer of the Yonezawa clan, in 1618. The garden shows beautiful pictures from season to season, which is said that was a reproduction of Tenryuji temple’s garden in Kyoto.
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The Old Yonezawa Technical High School Main Building (Yamagata University Engineering Department)
The Old Yonezawa Technical High School Main Building (Yamagata University Engineering Department)
The Old Yonezawa Technical High School Main Building (Yamagata University Engineering Department)
A beautiful building built with Renaissance influence.
Yonezawa Technical High School (now Yamagata University Engineering Department) was opening in October of the 43rd year of the Meiji Era (1910), the 7th Technical High School to be opened in the country and the first in the prefecture.

The main building was finished in July of the 43rd year of the Meiji Era (1910). Built in the style of a wooden Renaissance two-story building, there is, at both sides of the entrance, a mesmerizing tower-like intricately designed stairwell.

The ceiling of the area around the stairs and conference room also has beautiful plaster decoration.

In the 46th Year of the Shōwa period (1973) the building was named an important cultural property of Japan.
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Sake-Brewing Museum Tōkō Sake Warehouse
Sake-Brewing Museum Tōkō Sake Warehouse
Sake-Brewing Museum Tōkō Sake Warehouse
You can experience the true essence of traditional Sake-Brewing within Yonezawa in this museum. The warehouse’s 7000m² grounds is home to a museum that displays the workings of a traditional sake brewery as well as sake brewing tools.

With the aim of sharing the traditional art of sake brewing to the world – the museum was restored from and old sake distillery in 1984. Entering the museum will be met with a traditional Japanese style, with wooden pillars spanning to the ceiling and metal pots used for brewing hanging from the walls as a cool breeze leads you back into the world of traditional sake brewing.

There are also valuable articles of Uesugi Yōzan available for viewing in the ‘Uesugi Yōzan Display’ area.
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Entrance times
9:00~16:30
(last admission at 16:00)

Days the Museum is closed
31st of December, 1st of January.

Entrance Fee
General ¥310 (¥280)
Middle and High-School Students ¥210 (¥160)
Elementary School Students ¥150 (¥100)

※Numbers in brackets refer to groups booked for over 30 persons.

Hokusanbara Christian Martyrdom Site
Hokusanbara Christian Martyrdom Site
Hokusanbara Christian Martyrdom Site
In the Edo period, the Tokugawa Shogunate had considered Christianity as paganism and forbidden it. However, there were many secret Christians all over Japan who kept having strong faith in Christ and were clamped down. In Yonezawa as well, 53 secret Christians including Uemon Amakasu, a member of the Yonezawa clan, were put to death in 1629.
300 years later in 1929, the execution ground was developed into the martyrdom site as the images of Christ, Virgin Mary and John were presented by Germany.
In 2008, Uemon Amakasu and other 51 people were beatified by the Vatican official.
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