“Sanada Yukimura” is apparantly eastern Nagano’s cool samurai.
I always ask our guests when they arrive here at our inn if they did any sightseeing along the way. Often times, guests reply they are Sanada Yukimura fans and stopped to see Ueda Castle. (Female guests, too. Apparently once a cool samurai, always a cool samurai.)
A bus tour company called Saito Kagoya has recently started a new tour that takes visitors around to Ueda Castle and other Sanada family related places. The bus tours every Saturday and Sunday, departing Ueda Station at 10am, stopping at the various Sanada sites with explanation and on-site guidance by the driver, returning to Ueda Station at 2:30pm.
This Saturday June 5th, I have been invited to attend. So if you are interested in the Sanada history, why don’t you come and join this tour with me? The normal driver speaks a bit of English, but for this tour I’ll be available for interpretation.
Reservations can be made by calling Saito Kagoya at 0268-44-2241. Price for the Sanada Yukimura Short Tour is 2,980 yen per person, including a light snack of oyaki dumplings. Reservations required minimum 1 day in advance.
Click here for more info on Saito Kagoya bus tours.