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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 (織田 信行, 1536 – November 22, 1557), also known as Oda Nobukatsu (織田 信勝), was the son of Oda Nobuhide and younger brother of Oda Nobunaga, who lived during the Sengoku period of ...more
Ōkubo Toshimichi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Ōkubo Toshimichi (大久保 利通, September 26, 1830 – May 14, 1878) was a Japanese statesman, a samurai of Satsuma, and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration. He was regarded as ...more
Hasekura Tsunenaga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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 ...more
Toyotomi Hideyoshi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Samurai
File:Toyotomi Hideyoshi Kaou.svg Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉, March 17, 1537 – September 18, 1598) was a preeminent daimyō, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period who is ...more

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Matsudaira Tadaaki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Matsudaira Tadaaki (松平 忠明, 1583 – May 1, 1644) 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 (松平 容保, February 15, 1836 – December 5, 1893) was a samurai who lived in the last days of the Edo period and the early to mid Meiji period. He was the 9th daimyō of the Aizu ...more
Matsudaira Tadanao is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Matsudaira Tadanao (松平 忠直, 16 July 1595 – 5 October 1650) was a Sengoku to early Edo period Japanese samurai, and the 2nd daimyō of Fukui Domain in Echizen Province.
Itō Hirobumi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Prince Itō Hirobumi (伊藤 博文, 16 October 1841 – 26 October 1909, born Hayashi Risuke and also known as Hirofumi, Hakubun and briefly during his youth Itō Shunsuke) was a Japanese statesman and ...more
Oda Nobutoshi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Viscount Oda Nobutoshi (織田信敏, November 19, 1853 – June 6, 1901) was a daimyō of the tozama feudal domain of Tendō in Dewa Province, northern Japan. He was a direct descendant of the famed Oda ...more
Matsudaira Shigekatsu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Matsudaira Shigekatsu (松平 重勝, 1549 – January 6, 1620) was a Japanese daimyō of the early Edo period. Also known as Denzaburō (伝三郎). Inherited headship of the Nomi-Matsudaira (能見松平) from his ...more
Matsudaira Shigetada is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Matsudaira Shigetada (松平 重忠, 1570 – August 22, 1626) was a Japanese daimyō of the Azuchi–Momoyama period to early Edo period. His court title was Tango no kami. In 1612, Shigetada became an ...more
Takeda Katsuyori is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Takeda Katsuyori (武田 勝頼, 1546 – 3 April 1582) was a Japanese daimyō of the Sengoku period,who was famed as the head of the Takeda clan and the successor to the legendary warlord Takeda Shingen. ...more
Matsudaira Kataharu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Viscount Kataharu Matsudaira (松平 容大, Matsudaira Kataharu, July 11, 1869 – June 11, 1910) was a Japanese man who served as the daimyō of Tonami han (the former Aizu han) in the early Meiji Era. ...more
Matsudaira Katataka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Matsudaira Katataka (松平 容敬, June 14, 1806 – February 29, 1852) was the 8th daimyō of Aizu Domain in Mutsu Province, Japan (modern-day Fukushima Prefecture). His courtesy title was ...more
Matsudaira Nobunori is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Viscount Matsudaira Nobunori (松平 喜徳, 1855–1891) 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 ...more
Tokugawa Yoshinobu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Prince Tokugawa Yoshinobu (徳川 慶喜, also known as Tokugawa Keiki; October 28, 1837 – November 22, 1913) was the 15th and last shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. He was part of a movement ...more
Yamamoto Gonnohyōe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Admiral Count Yamamoto Gonbee , also called Gonnohyōe (山本 權兵衞, Yamamoto Gonbee/Gonnohyōe, 26 November 1852 – 8 December 1933), was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Prime Minister ...more
Uesugi Mochinori is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Count Uesugi Mochinori (上杉 茂憲, April 15, 1844 – April 18, 1919) was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the last daimyō of Yonezawa han in Dewa Province. In the Meiji era he ...more
Ōe Taku is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Ōe Taku (大江 卓, November 2, 1847 – September 21, 1921) was a samurai, bureaucrat, politician, entrepreneur and social activist in the late Meiji and Taishō period Empire of Japan. He is noted as ...more
Tokugawa Mitsukuni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Tokugawa Mitsukuni (徳川 光圀, 11 July 1628 – 14 January 1701) or Mito Kōmon (水戸黄門) was a prominent daimyō who was known for his influence in the politics of the early Edo period. He was the third ...more
Akimoto Hirotomo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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 ...more
Akizuki Tanenaga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Samurai
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.
Takeda Nobutora is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Takeda Nobutora (武田 信虎, February 11, 1494 – March 27, 1574) was a Japanese daimyō (feudal lord) who controlled the Province of Kai, and fought in a number of battles of the Sengoku period. He ...more
Takeda Yoshinobu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Takeda Yoshinobu (武田 義信, 1538 – November 19, 1567) was a Japanese daimyō of the Sengoku period. Born Takeda Tarō (武田 太郎), he was the son of Takeda Shingen, by Shingen's wife, Lady Sanjō (三条夫人, ...more
Saigō Takamori is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Samurai
Saigō Takamori (Takanaga) (西郷 隆盛 (隆永), January 23, 1828 – September 24, 1877) was one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji ...more