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Historical Sites

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.