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List of famous daimyos, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top daimyos in the world? This includes the most prominent daimyos, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable daimyos is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic daimyos were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned daimyos.

List features famous Japanese feudal lords like Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga. Also featuring Japanese samurai who became lords, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known daimyos to the lesser known daimyos of today, these are some of the best professionals in the daimyo field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous daimyos ever?" and "What are the names of famous daimyos?" then you're in the right place. 

Oda Nobunaga is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Oda Nobunaga Oda Nobunaga was a powerful samurai daimyo warlord of Japan in the late 16th century who initiated the unification of Japan near the end of the Warring States period. He lived a life of ...more

Matsudaira Hirotada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Hirotada 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 ...more

Ii Naosuke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Ii Naosuke 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 ...more

Matsudaira Kiyoyasu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Kiyoyasu 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. ...more

Hasekura Tsunenaga is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Hasekura Tsunenaga 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 ...more

Toyotomi Hideyoshi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Toyotomi Hideyoshi Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a preeminent daimyo, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period who is regarded as Japan's second "great unifier". He succeeded his former ...more

Matsudaira Tadaaki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Tadaaki Matsudaira Tadaaki was a Japanese samurai of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period through early Edo period. He was a retainer and relative of the Tokugawa clan.

Matsudaira Katamori is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Katamori Matsudaira Katamori was a samurai who lived in the last days of the Edo period and the early to mid Meiji period. He was the 9th daimyo of the Aizu han and the Military Commissioner of Kyoto ...more

Matsudaira Tadanao is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Tadanao Matsudaira Tadanao was a Japanese daimyo in the early Edo period. He was the head of the Fukui Domain.

Matsudaira Shigekatsu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Shigekatsu Matsudaira Shigekatsu was a Japanese daimyo of the early Edo period. Also known as Denzaburō. Inherited headship of the Nomi-Matsudaira from his father, Matsudaira Shigeyoshi. He served as a ...more

Oda Nobutoshi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Oda Nobutoshi Viscount Oda Nobutoshi was a daimyo of the tozama feudal domain of Tendō, in Dewa province, northern Japan. He was a direct descendant of the famed Oda Nobunaga, through Nobunaga's son Oda ...more

Matsudaira Sadaaki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Sadaaki Matsudaira Sadaaki was a Japanese daimyo of the Bakumatsu period, who was the last ruler of the Kuwana Domain. Sadaaki was the adopted heir of Matsudaira Sadamichi, the descendant of Sadatsuna, ...more

Matsudaira Ietada is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Ietada Matsudaira Ietada, also known as Matsudaira Tomomo no Suke, was a Japanese samurai of the Sengoku period.

Takeda Katsuyori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Takeda Katsuyori Takeda Katsuyori was a Japanese daimyo of the Sengoku Period, who was famed as the head of the Takeda clan and the successor to the legendary warlord Takeda Shingen. He was the son of Shingen by ...more

Matsudaira Shigetada is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Shigetada Matsudaira Shigetada was a Japanese daimyo of the Azuchi-Momoyama period to early Edo period. His court title was Tango no kami. In 1612, Shigetada became an ōbangashira. He took part in the ...more

Matsudaira Kataharu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Kataharu Viscount Matsudaira Kataharu was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the daimyō of Tonami han in the early Meiji Era. Born the eldest son of Matsudaira Katamori, he succeeded ...more

Matsudaira Katataka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Katataka Matsudaira Katataka Japanese daimyo lord, ruler of the 230,000 koku Aizu domain in Mutsu Province. Known in his youth as Keizaburō 慶三郎, he was born to Matsudaira Yoshikazu, the lord of the ...more

Matsudaira Nobunori is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Nobunori Viscount Matsudaira Nobunori was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as daimyō of Aizu Domain from 1868-69. Born the son of Tokugawa Nariaki of Mito, he was adopted by ...more

Saitō Yoshitatsu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Saitō Yoshitatsu Saitō Yoshitatsu was a Japanese samurai during the Sengoku period. Yoshiatsu was the son of Saitō Dōsan. In 1556, Dōsan was killed in battle against forces led by Yoshitatsu. The son of ...more

Uesugi Mochinori is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Uesugi Mochinori Count Uesugi Mochinori was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the last daimyo of Yonezawa han in Dewa Province. In the Meiji era he became a government official and briefly ...more

Tokugawa Iesato is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Tokugawa Iesato Prince Tokugawa Iesato was the first head of the Tokugawa clan after the overthrow of the Tokugawa bakufu, and a figure in Japanese politics during the Meiji, Taishō and early Shōwa period

Tokugawa Yoshikatsu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Tokugawa Yoshikatsu Tokugawa Yoshikatsu was a Japanese daimyo of the late Edo period, who ruled the Owari Domain. He was the brother of Matsudaira Katamori.

Tokugawa Mitsukuni is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Tokugawa Mitsukuni Tokugawa Mitsukuni or Mito Kōmon was a prominent daimyo who was known for his influence in the politics of the early Edo period. He was the third son of Tokugawa Yorifusa and succeeded him, ...more

Akimoto Hirotomo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Akimoto Hirotomo Akimoto Hirotomo was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the lord of Tatebayashi han. Succeeding to family headship in 1864, he ruled the domain during the closing stages of ...more

Abe Tadaaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Abe Tadaaki Abe Tadaaki was a high-ranking government official in Japan under Tokugawa Iemitsu and Ietsuna, the third and fourth Tokugawa Shogun. Daimyo of the Oshi Domain in modern-day Saitama prefecture, ...more

Akizuki Tanenaga is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Akizuki Tanenaga Akizuki Tanenaga was a Japanese samurai warrior and daimyo of the late Sengoku and early Edo periods.

Takeda Nobutora is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Takeda Nobutora Takeda Nobutora was a Japanese daimyo who controlled the Province of Kai, and fought in a number of battles of the Sengoku period. He was the father of the famous Takeda Shingen, who was ...more

Takeda Yoshinobu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Takeda Yoshinobu Takeda Yoshinobu was a Japanese daimyo of the Sengoku period. Born Takeda Tarō, he was the son of Takeda Shingen, by Shingen's wife, Lady Sanjō.. He came of age in 1550, and took the formal name ...more

Imagawa Yoshimoto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Imagawa Yoshimoto Imagawa Yoshimoto was one of the leading daimyo in the Sengoku period Japan. Based in Suruga Province, he was one of the three daimyo that dominated the Tōkaidō region. He was one of the ...more

Yūki Hideyasu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Yūki Hideyasu Yūki Hideyasu was a Japanese daimyo who lived during the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods. He was the head of the Fukui Domain in Echizen.

Shimazu Nariakira is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Shimazu Nariakira Shimazu Nariakira was a Japanese feudal lord of the Edo period, the 28th in the line of Shimazu clan lords of Satsuma Domain. He was renowned as an intelligent and wise lord, and was greatly ...more

Uesugi Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Uesugi Kenshin Uesugi Kenshin was a daimyo who ruled Echigo province in the Sengoku period of Japan. He was one of the most powerful lords of the Sengoku period. While chiefly remembered for his prowess on the ...more

Itakura Katsushige is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Itakura Katsushige Itakura Katsushige was a Japanese daimyō of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period to early Edo period. He fought at the side of Ieyasu Tokugawa at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Katsuhige's daimyō ...more

Takeda Shingen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Takeda Shingen Takeda Shingen, of Kai Province, was a pre-eminent daimyo in feudal Japan with exceptional military prestige in the late stage of the Sengoku period.

Itakura Katsukiyo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Itakura Katsukiyo Itakura Katsukiyo was a Japanese daimyo of the late Edo period. Famed for his tenure as rōjū, Itakura later became a Shinto priest.

Matsudaira Sukemasa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Sukemasa Matsudaira Sukemasa was a daimyō during mid-Edo period Japan.

Makino Tadayuki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Makino Tadayuki Makino Tadayuki was a Japanese daimyo of the late Edo period. The Makino were identified as one of the fudai or insider daimyō clans which were hereditary vassels or allies of the Tokugawa clan, ...more

Akita Sanesue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Akita Sanesue Akita Sanesue was a Japanese daimyo 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 ...more

Inaba Masakuni is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Inaba Masakuni Inaba Masakuni was a Japanese daimyo of the late-Edo period. In the Edo period, the Makino were identified as one of the fudai or insider daimyō clans which were hereditary vassals or allies of ...more

Kuze Hirochika is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Kuze Hirochika Kuze Hirochika was a Japanese daimyo of the late Edo period, who ruled the Sekiyado Domain. He served as a rōjū in the Tokugawa shogunate, and briefly as chief rōjū.

Nishio Tadanari is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Nishio Tadanari Nishio Tadanari was a daimyō of the early to mid Edo period, Japan, who ruled the Tanaka and Komoro domains, and was finally transferred to Yokosuka Domain in Tōtōmi Province, where his ...more

Itakura Shigemune is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Itakura Shigemune Itakura Shigemune was a Japanese daimyo of the early Edo period. Shigemune's daimyō family claimed descent from the Shibukawa branch of the Seiwa-Genji. The Itakura identified its clan origins ...more

Nishio Tadanao is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Nishio Tadanao Nishio Tadanao was a daimyō in mid-Edo period Japan, who ruled Yokosuka Domain in Tōtōmi Province. He also served as an official within the administration of Tokugawa Shogunate, rising through ...more

Makino Narisada is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Makino Narisada Makino Narisada was a Japanese daimyo of the mid-Edo period, who ruled the Sekiyado Domain. Starting from relatively humble origins, he first became the karō of the Tatebayashi Domain, before ...more

Hōjō Ujimasa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Hōjō Ujimasa Hōjō Ujimasa was the fourth head of the late Hōjō clan, and daimyo of Odawara. Ujimasa commanded in many battles, consolidating his clan's position, and retired in 1590. His son Hōjō Ujinao ...more

Asano Nagakoto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Asano Nagakoto Asano Nagakoto 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 ...more

Matsudaira Munehide is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Munehide Matsudaira Munehide, also known as Honjō Munehide, was a Japanese daimyo of the late Edo period who ruled the Miyazu Domain. He was known by the titles "Hōki-no-kami" or

Azai Nagamasa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Azai Nagamasa Asai Nagamasa was a daimyo during the Sengoku period of Japan. His clan, the Asai, were located in northern Ōmi Province, east of Lake Biwa. He was both the brother-in-law of Oda Nobunaga, ...more

Saitō Dōsan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Saitō Dōsan Saitō Dōsan, also known as Saitō Toshimasa, was a Japanese samurai during the Sengoku period. He was also known as the Viper of Mino for his ruthless tactics. His honorific title from the ...more

Katakura Kagetsuna is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Katakura Kagetsuna Katakura Kagetsuna was a Japanese samurai of the Katakura clan during the late Sengoku period. Also known by his court title, Bichū no Kami, or more commonly, as Katakura Kojūrō. Together with ...more