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List of famous samurais, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top samurais in the world? This includes the most prominent samurais, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable samurais is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic samurais 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 samurais.

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ōkubo Toshimichi.

From reputable, prominent, and well known samurais to the lesser known samurais of today, these are some of the best professionals in the samurai field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous samurais ever?" and "What are the names of famous samurais?" then you're in the right place. (105 items)

Oda Nobuyuki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Oda Nobuyuki, also known as Oda Nobukatsu, was the son of Oda Nobuhide and younger brother of Oda Nobunaga, who lived during the Sengoku period of Japan. Nobuyuki conspired against his brother ...more

Ōkubo Toshimichi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Ōkubo Toshimichi, was a Japanese statesman, a samurai of Satsuma, and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration. He is regarded as one of the main founders of modern Japan.

Hasekura Tsunenaga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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) 4 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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) 5 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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) 6 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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) 7 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Matsudaira Tadanao was a Japanese daimyo in the early Edo period. He was the head of the Fukui Domain.

Itō Hirobumi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Prince Itō Hirobumi was a samurai of Chōshū Domain, Japanese statesman, four time Prime Minister of Japan, genrō and Resident-General of Korea. Itō was assassinated by Korean nationalist An ...more

Oda Nobutoshi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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 Shigekatsu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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

Matsudaira Shigetada is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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

Takeda Katsuyori is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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 Kataharu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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) 14 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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) 15 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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

Tokugawa Yoshinobu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Tokugawa Yoshinobu was the 15th and last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. He was part of a movement which aimed to reform the aging shogunate, but was ultimately unsuccessful. After ...more

Yamamoto Gonnohyōe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Admiral Count Yamamoto Gonbee, GCMG, also called Gonnohyōe, was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy and the 16th and 22nd Prime Minister of Japan.

Uesugi Mochinori is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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

Ōe Taku is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Ōe Taku was a samurai, bureaucrat, politician, entrepreneur and social activist in the late Meiji and Taishō period Empire of Japan. He is noted as one of the more progressive figures of the ...more

Tokugawa Mitsukuni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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) 21 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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

Akizuki Tanenaga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Akizuki Tanenaga was a Japanese samurai warrior and daimyo of the late Sengoku and early Edo periods.

Takeda Nobutora is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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) 24 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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

Saigō Takamori is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Saigō Takamori was one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history, living during the late Edo Period and early Meiji Era. He has been dubbed the last true samurai. He was born Saigō ...more