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List of famous male daimyos, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male daimyos list contains the most prominent and top males known for being daimyos. There are thousand of males working as daimyos in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic daimyos have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a daimyo then the people below should give you inspiration.

List features people like Shimazu Nariakira and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

While this isn't a list of all male daimyos, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male daimyos?" and "Who are the best male daimyos?"

Matsudaira Hirotada was the lord of Okazaki Castle in Mikawa province, Japan during the Sengoku Period of the 16th century. He is best known for being the father of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. ...more

Age: Died at 23 (1526-1549)

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Ii Naosuke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Daimyos
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Ii Naosuke was daimyo of Hikone and also Tairō of Tokugawa Shogunate, Japan, a position he held from April 23, 1858 until his death on March 24, 1860. He is most famous for signing the Harris Treaty with the United States, granting access to ports for trade to American merchants and seamen and extraterritoriality to American citizens. He was also an enthusiastic and accomplished practitioner of the Japanese tea ceremony, in the Sekishūryū style, and his writings include at least two works on the tea ceremony. Under Ii Naosuke’s guidance, the Tokugawa shogunate navigated past a particularly difficult conflict over the succession to the ailing and childless Tokugawa Iesada. Ii Naosuke managed ...more

Age: Died at 45 (1815-1860)

Birthplace: Edo

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Matsudaira Kiyoyasu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Daimyos
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Matsudaira Kiyoyasu was the 7th lord over the Matsudaira clan during the Sengoku period of Japan. Kiyoyasu was the grandfather of the exceedingly famous unifier of Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Kiyoyasu soon gained control of the whole of the northern region of Mikawa province after the Saigo clan had surrendered after four generations of conflict between the two clans. The Okazaki castle was also built as a monument towards the Matsudaira's power. However, certain hatred began growing within a certain retainer of Kiyoyasu's, a retainer by the name of Abe Masatoyo. During the year of 1535, this certain retainer had somehow sneaked into Kiyoyasu's secret chambers and slew him with his Muramasa ...more

Age: Died at 24 (1511-1535)

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Hasekura Tsunenaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Daimyos
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Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga was a Japanese samurai and retainer of Date Masamune, the daimyo of Sendai. In the years 1613 through 1620, Hasekura headed a diplomatic mission to the Vatican in Rome, traveling through New Spain and visiting various ports-of-call in Europe. This historic mission is called the Keichō Embassy, and follows the Tenshō embassy of 1582. On the return trip, Hasekura and his companions re-traced their route across Mexico in 1619, sailing from Acapulco for Manila, and then sailing north to Japan in 1620. He is conventionally considered the first Japanese ambassador in the Americas and in Europe. Although Hasekura's embassy was cordially received in Europe, it happened at ...more

Age: Died at 51 (1571-1622)

Birthplace: Sendai Domain

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