Kasugayama Shrine


A branch of the Uesugi Shrine in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture, Kasugayama Shrine enshrines Uesugi Kenshin (a famous Daimyo lord). It was built in 1901 by Sumiharu Ogawa, father of children's book author Mimei Ogawa. He is said to have received assistance from Baron Maejima Hisoka, father of Japan's modern postal system.

The spectacular pavilion has a straight and solid design, and the nearby Kasugayama Shrine Memorial Hall exhibits articles and documents from Uesugi Kenshin.

In autumn, the maples and other varieties turn red and yellow around the ruins of Kasugayama Castle and Kasugayama Shrine. Our insider tip is to visit the grounds of the shrine when it is cast in a gorgeous shawl of fallen leaves. Another spectacular sight is the stand of gingko trees around the Ninomaru part of the castle site.

General Information

Directions●40 minutes' walk from Kasugayama Station on the Echigo Tokimeki Railway Myoko Haneuma Line
●15 minutes' drive from Joetsu IC, Hokuriku Expressway
Car Park●Parking: About 30 spaces
Opening TimesKasugayama Shrine Memorial Hall
●Opening hours: 9:30-16:30
●Closed: December 1 - March 31
PricesKasugayama Shrine Memorial Hall
●Adult: 200 yen
●Elementary and Junior High School students: 100 yen
※20% discount for groups of 20 or more


NameKasugayama Shrine
Telephone Number025-525-2010