Yonezawa Uesugi Festival 2024 Flyer is out!

  • Yonezawa Uesugi Festival 2024 Flyer is out!
  • Yonezawa Uesugi Festival 2024 Flyer is out!
  • Yonezawa Uesugi Festival 2024 Flyer is out!
  • Yonezawa Uesugi Festival 2024 Flyer is out!

The flyer for this year’s Yonezawa Uesugi Festival is ready! Check it out for information regarding the various events held over the course of the festival from 29th April’s Min’you Nagashi to 3rd May’s highlight, the reenactment of the Battle of Kawanakajima, and many more!

Information regarding other events held in the city during this period will also be available! Feel free to give them a look if you are interested to explore the city!


The flyers will be distributed on-site at the event venues. Those who wish to pick up a copy in advance can do so from 19th April (Friday) at the following locations:


-    Michi no eki Yonezawa
-    Yonezawa City Hall
-    Yonezawa Tourism & Convention Bureau
-    Yonezawa Station Tourism Information Center ASK
-    Various stores in Yonezawa

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We hope to see you there!


Tickets for Reserved Seats at the Battle of Kawanakajima for the Uesugi Festival are on sale now!

  • Tickets for Reserved Seats at the Battle of Kawanakajima for the Uesugi Festival are on sale now!

The Battle of Kawanakajima is the highlight of the Uesugi Festival which draws crowds from all over the country to watch the warriors fight it out right before their very eyes. For those who wish to have a clear and comfortable view of the battle scene, this is your chance to get ahold of reserved seating at the venue! Spend your morning doing some sightseeing instead of scrambling for the best vantage points ahead of time!

Be witness to an open view of the duel between Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen, the feared matchlocks of the Uesugi clan, and the clash between 800 mighty warriors!


Date: 3rd May 2024 (Friday, national holiday)
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Matsukawa Riverside, Yonezawa City (Battle of Kawanakajima venue)


How to Purchase


Price: 2,500 yen per pax (Tax inclusive)
A souvenir and drink are included in the ticket price.


Advance sales tickets for the Battle of Kawanakajima will be sold via Rakuten Ticket.
Please note that you require a Rakuten ID to purchase tickets on the Rakuten Ticket platform.


-    About 920 seats will be available
-    Young children may watch the battle for free if they are seated on their caregiver’s lap. However, a ticket will be required if the child obstructs the view for nearby spectators.
-    Seats are divided by area. When purchasing tickets, you may only select the area in which you wish to be seated.
-    Please collect your tickets personally at the convenience store and bring them with you on the day of the event.
---    Please understand that we are unable to reissue tickets or assist with unclaimed tickets.
-    Please contact the organisers if you require a wheelchair to spectate the event


Sale period: 1st April 2024 (Monday) 9:00 am ~ 2nd May 2024 (Thursday) 9:00 am


Tickets will also be sold on-site from 10:00 am on 3rd May 2024, at the reserved seating admission area (Matsukawa Riverside, Yonezawa City). On-site tickets cost 3,000 yen each (inclusive of drink and souvenir).

※    Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis.
※    Ticket sales will end once they are sold out.



-    Please have your ticket verified by the staff by 1:00 pm
-    Tickets will be taken in exchange for the souvenir and drink.
-    The battle will proceed as usual in the event of rain, but it will be cancelled under severe weather conditions.
-    We are unable to provide refunds if the event is cancelled due to poor weather conditions, natural disasters or for ticket cancellations. However, the souvenir will be delivered to all ticket holders via post.


Please contact the Yonezawa Tourism & Convention Bureau at 0238-21-6226 (Japanese).


Sakura Light-ups at Matsugasaki Park and Kitamura Park!

  • Sakura Light-ups at Matsugasaki Park and Kitamura Park!

The sakura are blooming and it’s now the perfect time for some flower viewing get-togethers with your friends and family!

Light-ups will be held everyday from 6 pm to 10 pm until early-May.
As you enjoy the ephemeral beauty around you, please also remember to be considerate of other visitors who are also admiring the flowers!



Yonezawa City Planning Division
TEL: 0238-22-5111


The Sakura are Blooming at Uesugi Shrine!

  • The Sakura are Blooming at Uesugi Shrine!

Spring is finally here!
The sakura have begun blossoming at Matsugasaki Park near Uesugi Shrine, so get your flower viewing parties ready, because they are expected to be in full bloom on the 13th and 14th April! This is 1 week faster than usual!



Yonezawa Tourism & Convention Bureau
TEL: 0238-21-6226


Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum Special Exhibit: Uesugi Mochinori, the Last Domain Lord, and Yonezawa’s Warrior Family Class

  • Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum Special Exhibit: Uesugi Mochinori, the Last Domain Lord, and Yonezawa’s Warrior Family Class
  • Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum Special Exhibit: Uesugi Mochinori, the Last Domain Lord, and Yonezawa’s Warrior Family Class

Uesugi Mochinori was born in 1844 as the first son of Uesugi Narinori, the 12th Yonezawa domain lord, and was educated to become Narinori’s successor. In the year 1866, he attempted to seize power in Kyoto but was captured by the police and failed. Then, at the start of the Meiji period in 1868, the Yonezawa domain participated in the Boshin War as a key member of the Ouetsu Reppan Domei alliance in northern Japan but was eventually defeated surrendered. Mochinori dispatched troops to fight in Shonai following this, and he succeeded his father as domain lord at the end of the year.

Later in 1871, he moved to Tokyo following the abolition of the han system. Then, he studied abroad in England, and later served as governor of Okinawa, became a member of the House of Peers and other governmental positions. As Mochinori worked to modernize Yonezawa’s industry and education, he also maintained a close relationship with the warrior family class and eventually moved back to Yonezawa in 1896.

As a member of the Kazoku upper class, he maintained the Uesugi family system and financial foundation while also managing the ancestral treasures like archives and swords he’d inherited. He passed away in 1919.


He lived through a tumultuous period in Japan’s history filled with institutional unrest, social changes and rapid modernization resulting from a volley of major historical events such as the end of the Edo period and the Boshin war. This exhibit focuses on the timeline from the end of the Edo period to the late 1890s, exploring Mochinori and the warrior family class’s lives, beliefs, their relationship, and the role he played in advancing the region’s modernization efforts.


Exhibition period


First half: 20th April (Saturday) ~ 19th May 2024 (Sunday)
Second half: 25th May (Saturday) ~ 23rd June 2024 (Sunday)


Opening Hours


9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm

Last entry at 4:30 pm

The museum is closed on 24th April and 22nd May (Wednesdays).


Entry Fee


Includes entry to the permanent exhibition


Adults: 800 yen (640)
High school and university students: 500 yen (400)
Elementary and middle school students: 300 yen (240)


Prices in brackets apply to groups of 20 and above


Children (High schoolers and below) can enter for free on 5th May, Children’s Day!
Free entry for all visitors on 18th May, International Museum Day as well!


Themed Seminar – The Kazoku domain lords and society in the region


Date: 11th May 2024 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 pm
Lecturer: Junichi Miyama (Professor at Chuo University’s Faculty of Letters)
Venue: Denkoku no Mori 2F Grand Meeting Hall
Capacity: 120 people, on a first-come-first-served basis


Please register your interest to attend the seminar. Entry is free.


Gallery Talk (Registration not required)


The curator in charge will explain the exhibition. All talks begin at 2:00 pm.


1.    Look here! The key draws of the exhibit – 20th April (Saturday)
2.    The Boshin War and Uesugi Mochinori – 25th May (Saturday)
3.    Uesugi Mochinori and Modern Yonezawa – 22nd June (Saturday)

Venue: Special Exhibit Hall


You are required to pay the entry fee for entering the special exhibition.


For more information, please check the Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum website.


Limited Time Display of the Authentic version of the National Treasure - Rakuchu Rakugaizu Byobu (Uesugi Version)!


Dates: 20th April 2024 (Saturday) ~ 19th May 2024 (Sunday)
Venue: Permanent Exhibition Hall, Uesugi Bunkakan




Denkoku no Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum


1-2-1 Marunouchi, Yonezawa

TEL: 0238-26-8001