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10 Most Famous Samurai Warriors Ever

Discover who the 10 best samurai warriors ever are!

Top 10 Samurai Warriors in the world’s history.

10 Most Famous Samurai warriors ever

Samurai warriors are part of japan history, they are well known for their courage and nobility. Samurai are the integral part of japan culture, they are warriors that come from the classes of elites.

They are popular for their loyalty and ferocity, which helped shape Japan civilisation that they experience today.

Samurai warriors are integral symbols and their high-held honour which helped shape the Japanese culture.  There are many samurai warriors that have existed in history but here are the top 10 most popular warriors.


10. Shimazu Yoshihisa

Yoshihisa Shimazu samurai warrrior

he was from the Satsuma Province where He married his aunt,  he fought great wars but was later defeated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After which he retired , became a Buddhist monk  and died peacefully.

Shimazu Yoshihisa was among the popular war lords in the days of Sengoku. He was famous for his many victories and he was the leader of Kyushu for a period of time.

He lead the mission to bring Kyushu together and he ruled it.


9. Date Masamune

Date Masamune was famous for his lack of forgiveness.  He killed all those who opposed his clan by slaughtering them because they kidnapped his father, he also killed his father during battle.

He was the leader of Date clan, serving under Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. he put in additional efforts to be known as a true fighter because of he had only his left eye.

Date Masamune samurai warrior

He lost his one eye as a child which was caused by smallpox , he became popular as an efficient warrior after building his reputation as a merciless fighter.

8. Uesugi Kenshin

Kenshin Uesugi samurai warrior

he was a feared warrior and he was popular for being a rival to Takeda Shingen, who is also a well-respected warrior. They have challenged themselves to combat on countless occasions where he won some battles.

He was also famous for being part of the opposition against Oda Nobunaga campaigns. He was also a well-respected administrator. Kenshin was popularly known as Dragon of Echigo, he was the head of the Nagao clan where he ruled as a fierce warrior.

Nobody knows for sure what caused his death as there are many stories around it.

7. Tokugawa Ieyasu

Tokugawa Ieyasu samurai warrior

In 1600, He won the Battle of Sekigahara against the Toyotomis, after which he became the first Tokugawan Shogun where he ruled till 1868.

He was a to successor Toyotomi Hideyoshi and an ally of Oda Nobunaga,  Tokugawa Ieyasu was a revolutionary warrior that offered an era of peace in Japan.

He was an intelligent man, popular for his brains than a fighting skill. he brought together all those that opposed the Toyotomi and attacked them, where he won the battle and took over leadership.


6. Hattori Hanzo

His best choice of weapon was the spear,Hattori Hanzo was great warrior popular for his great fighting skill.

Hanzo retired and took up being a monk, he is currently the most popular in Japan. He served Tokugawa Ieyasu loyally, where he saved his masters life on several occasions.

He was the head of Iga clan, he was also a ninja warrior which was rare at that time, there are fictional warriors that have been inspired because of him.

Hattori Hanzo samurai warrior


5. Takeda Shingen

Takeda Shingen samurai warrior

He was a poet and a great warrior and he fought many battles some of which he won.

He fought against Uesugi Kenshin in the fourth battle of Kawanakajima, he also stopped and defeated Oda Nobunaga, hewas among the few to accomplished such a feat.

The cause of his death is clouded with mystery, he died in 1573, and after his death Nobunaga assumed power.

Takeda Shingen was popularly known as the Tiger of Kai.


4. Honda Tadakatsu

he was a revolutionary fighter who partook in the Battle of Sekigahara, a war that changed the history of japan.

He most favoured weapon was the spear and it was referred to as Dragonfly cutter. His weapon evoked fear in his enemies.

He was a feared and well known warrior, He was popularly called ‘The Warrior who surpassed Death’.

He is among the top warriors japan has ever had. He took part in many battles which he won in all, he was known as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Tokugawa.

Honda Tadakatsu samurai warrior


3. Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi samurai warrior

he fought in the war against  Toyotomi clan and ended up defeating them.  He had his first duel at age 13, and he had since developed his fighting skill.

He is the most celebrated samurai warrior in japan, he wrote the book ‘The Book of Five Rings’ where he illustrated many techniques for sword-fighting.

He is most popular for his excellent swordmanship, he was one of the best japan has ever had.

He went into battle against Sasaki Kojiro a master swordsman, in a the famous duel held in 1612.

His excellent fighting skills led him to win many duels against strong opponents.


2. Toyotomi Hideyoshi

From 1585-1598 he ruled majority of japan, he also launched battles in order to take over korea and china but never succeeded.

Throughout his life he did not achieve the Shogun title and his clan was no more after his death.

He was a well-known warrior and ruler he succeeded Oda Nobunaga, coming from a poor family he rose up the hierarchy of power with his swordmanship in battles fought.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi samurai warrior


1. Oda Nobunaga

He died honourably by committing suicide after he was betrayed by Akechi Mitsuhide who was his general, he set his temple ablaze while he was there.

He is the most popular warrior in the history of japan. He was a revolutionary leader that overtook Yoshimoto Imagawa In the year 1560, Oda Nobunaga did this by killing him, he became the ruler of Kyoto and laid the foundation for japan to be united.

He was a powerful leader and warrior, he used firearms in fighting his battles which was rare at that time.


Oda Nobunaga samurai warrior