Famous Daimyos from Japan

List of notable or famous daimyos from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top daimyos born in Japan and even some popular daimyos who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese daimyos then this list is the perfect resource for you. These daimyos are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known daimyo from Japan is included when available.

This list features people like Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga.

This historic daimyos from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese daimyos of note?" and "Who are the most famous daimyos from Japan?" These prominent daimyos of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese daimyos.

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  • Abe Tadaaki (阿部 忠秋, September 4, 1602 – June 25, 1671) was a high-ranking government official in Japan under Tokugawa Iemitsu and Ietsuna, the third and fourth Tokugawa Shōgun. As the daimyō of the Oshi Domain in modern-day Saitama Prefecture, with an income of 80,000 koku (earlier 50,000), Abe was appointed wakadoshiyori (junior councillor) in 1633, and rōjū (Elder Councillor) shortly afterwards. Iemitsu died in 1651 and was succeeded by his ten-year-old son Ietsuna. In accordance with the custom of junshi, a number of Iemitsu's closest retainers and advisors committed suicide so as to follow their lord in death; Abe did not engage in this practice, and was left, along with a handful of ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1602-1671)
    • Birthplace: Edo
  • Akimoto Hirotomo (秋元 礼朝, May 16, 1848 – June 13, 1883) was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the lord of Tatebayashi han (Kōzuke Province). Succeeding to family headship in 1864, he ruled the domain during the closing stages of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the chaos of the Boshin War. He and his domain were deeply involved in the events of the war in the north. In the Meiji era, Hirotomo's family became viscounts (子爵, shishaku) in the new nobility.
    • Age: Dec. at 35 (1848-1883)
    • Birthplace: Edo
  • Akita Sanesue (秋田 実季, 1576 – January 11, 1660) was a Japanese daimyō who lived during the Azuchi–Momoyama and early Edo periods. He was son of Andō Chikasue, a powerful figure in Dewa Province. Sanesue pledged loyalty to Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1590 during the Siege of Odawara, and served under him in various campaigns such as the Korean campaign. At the Battle of Sekigahara, he sided with the eastern army. As Satake Yoshinobu was being moved northward to the Akita's holdings in 1602, the Akita clan, under Sanesue, was moved to Shishido, in Hitachi Province. Sanesue led his sons into combat at the Osaka Campaign. In 1630, because of discontent against the shogunate, he was exiled to Asama in ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1576-1660)
    • Birthplace: Japan
  • Akizuki Tanenaga (秋月 種長, March 17, 1567 – July 19, 1614) was a Japanese samurai warrior and daimyō of the late Sengoku and early Edo periods.
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1567-1614)
  • Asano Nagakoto

    Marquis Asano Nagakoto (浅野 長勲, August 28, 1842 – February 1, 1937) was a daimyō of Hiroshima Domain for a short time after the Meiji Restoration. For the rest of the Meiji period, he was a politician and diplomat, and was one of the last surviving Japanese daimyō (Hayashi Tadataka and Wakebe Mitsunori outlived him).
    • Age: Dec. at 94 (1842-1937)
  • Hasekura Tsunenaga
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    Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga (or Philip Francis Faxicura, baptized as Francisco Felipe Faxicura, in Spain, also spelled Faxecura Rocuyemon in period European sources, reflecting the contemporary pronunciation of Japanese; Japanese: 支倉六右衛門常長; 1571–1622) was a Japanese samurai and retainer of Date Masamune, the daimyō of Sendai of Japanese imperial descent with ancestral ties to Emperor Kanmu. In the years 1613 through 1620, Hasekura headed a diplomatic mission to Spain and Rome, traveling through New Spain (arriving in Acapulco and departing from Veracruz) and visiting various ports-of-call in Europe. This historic mission is called the Keichō Embassy (慶長使節), and follows the Tenshō embassy ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1571-1622)
    • Birthplace: Sendai Domain