List Of Genpei War Battles

List of every major Genpei War battle, including photos, images, or maps of the most famous Genpei War battles when available. While it is not a comprehensive list of all skirmishes, conflicts, or battles that took place in the Genpei War, we have tried to include as many military events and actions as possible. All the battles on this Genpei War list are currently listed alphabetically, but if you want to find a specific battle you can search for it by using the "search". Information about these Genpei War battles are included below as well, such as their specific locations and who was involved in the fight.

This list has everything from Battle of Uji to Battle of Awazu.

  • Battle of Awazu
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    Battle of Awazu

    Minamoto no Yoshinaka made his final stand at Awazu, after fleeing from his cousins' armies, which confronted him after he attacked Kyoto, burning the Hōjūjiden, and kidnapping Emperor Go-Shirakawa. During the pursuit he had joined up with his companion and milk brother Imai Kanehira at Seta; Kanehira became joint commander along with Yoshinaka. During the battle, they fought valiantly, holding off Noriyori's large force of thousands of men for a time. However, in the end, they both died: Yoshinaka was struck dead by an arrow when his horse became mired in a paddy field, and after Kanehira heard that Yoshinaka had been killed, he committed suicide by leaping off his horse while holding his ...more
    • Locations: Otsu, Japan
    • Part of: Genpei War
  • Battle of Dan-no-ura
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    The battle of Dan-no-ura was a major sea battle of the Genpei War, occurring at Dan-no-ura, in the Shimonoseki Strait off the southern tip of Honshū. On March 24, 1185, the Genji clan fleet, led by Minamoto no Yoshitsune, defeated the Heike clan fleet, during a half-day engagement. The Taira were outnumbered, but some sources say that they had the advantage over the Minamoto in understanding the tides of that particular area, as well as naval combat tactics in general. The Taira split their fleet into three squadrons, while their enemy arrived en masse, their ships abreast, and archers ready. The beginning of the battle consisted mainly of a long-range archery exchange, before the Taira ...more
    • Locations: Kanmon Straits
    • Part of: Genpei War
  • The Battle of Fujigawa was a battle of the Genpei War of the Heian period of Japanese history. It took place in 1180, in what is now Shizuoka Prefecture. Attempting to recover quickly from his exile, and to rebuild his army, Minamoto no Yoritomo sent out messengers to recruit other families. As he continued through the region below Mount Fuji and into Suruga Province, he planned a rendezvous with the Takeda clan and other families of the provinces of Kai and Kozuke to the north. These allies arrived just in time to fight off the pursuing Taira army. Supposedly, in the night, the Taira mistook the sound of a flock of birds for that of a Minamoto surprise attack, and fled, with no actual ...more
    • Locations: Mount Fuji, Japan
    • Part of: Genpei War
  • Battle of Ichi-no-Tani
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    Ichi-no-Tani was a Taira fortress at Suma, to the west of present-day Kobe, Japan. It sat on a very narrow strip of shore, between mountains on the north, and the sea to the south. This made it quite defensible, but also made it difficult to maneuver troops inside the fortress. Battle of Itchi-no-Tani took place in 1184 and was a famous battle between Minamoto and Taira families. The battle was one of the most significant battles during Genpei War. It was fought on February 27th. During the course of the battle theTaira family suffered a crucial defeat and lost a significant number of great warriors and family members. Minamoto no Yoshitsune split his force in three. Noriyori's force ...more
    • Locations: Settsu Province
    • Part of: Genpei War
  • Battle of Ishibashiyama

    The Battle of Ishibashiyama was the first in which Minamoto Yoritomo, who was to become shogun less than a decade later, was commander of the Minamoto forces. The battle was fought on September 14, 1180 in the southwest of present-day Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture near Yoritomo's headquarters at Kamakura.
    • Locations: Mount Fuji, Japan
    • Part of: Genpei War
  • Battle of Kojima

    The Battle of Kojima, also called Battle of Fujito, was a battle of the Genpei War of the Heian period of Japanese history, and took place in 1184. In pursuit of the fleeing Taira from Ichi-no-Tani, on their way to Yashima, Minamoto no Noriyori engaged and defeated his enemies in battle at Kojima. The attack was led by Sasaki Moritsuna, who swam his horse across a narrow strait between Kojima and the mainland of Honshū.
    • Locations: Seto Inland Sea
    • Part of: Genpei War