From the Uwajima JR Station it is about a 10 minute walk to the entry to the castle park. Then another 10-15 minute climb up to the top. The climb is more of an uphill walk than a real climb although picking up one of the bamboo staffs available at the bottom of the hill is not a bad idea particularly since they are free of charge. It is a small, but original castle not a whole lot to see unless you are a real Japanese castle buff. Very steep interior stairs, the remains of a well or cistern next to the castle donjon and the foundations of the quarters for the women.
The thing that is interesting is a map next to the guy who was selling tickets, it shows that the castle was originally out on a high pennisula and almost all of the flat areas down towards the bay and where the station is not located were water. If you understand this then you will get a much better feel for how this castle once dominated the port of Uwajima. Like the castle at Kanezawa there is a street/road filled with temples which were the outer line of defense for the castle proper a nice combination of religious and military purposes. Obviously the main way into town was up a valley to the back and east of the present town when the castle was an active military post since the flat area where the train arrives was part of the bay.
On the way down take the path that veers off to the right from the main routs just outside of the wall to the top of the castle hill. It will take you past a well that was one of the 4 water supplies for the castle. It appears to be still functioning, but well protected with a substantial grill.
I found it a worth while place to visit, very laid back, slow paced a Japan that is largely lost and forgotten. This is mikan country so if you are in the area buy and eat some.
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