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Historical Information
Located at: Kōzuke Province
(Mikawa Province and Edo by Ieyasu's time)
Crest(s)/Banner(s): Circle around three hollyhock leaves (pictured)
One hikiryou
Ieyasu's horse insignia - Enriendo and Gongkujoto flag
Talent(s): Warrior clan
Major Figure(s): Ieyasu, Iemitsu, Yoshimune, Yoshinobu

The Tokugawa clan (徳川氏) is one of the few samurai families from ancient times to remain active in Japan today. In the Samurai Warriors franchise, the clan usually is represented by the color blue.

Matsudaira Motoyasu, the ninth head of the Matsudaira family, created the family name sometime after he declared independence from Imagawa Yoshimoto. He either did this when he was neutral allies with Hideyoshi or after the Taiko's death. With his victory at the Battle of Sekigahara, he established the Tokugawa shogunate. His family's reign lasted for over two hundred years until the birth of the Meiji era.

Clan Heads[]

The following lists Ieyasu's descendants. It does not include any other branches.

  1. Ieyasu
  2. Hidetada
  3. Iemitsu
  4. Ietsuna
  5. Tsunayoshi
  6. Ienobu
  7. Ietsugu
  8. Yoshimune
  9. Ieshige
  10. Ieharu
  11. Ienari
  12. Ieyoshi
  13. Iesada
  14. Iemochi
  15. Yoshinobu; end of the Tokugawa Shogunate
  16. Iesato
  17. Iemasa
  18. Tsunenari (February 26, 1940~present)

Other Figures[]

  • Matsudaira Iemoto - Ieyasu's younger brother (possibly step brother), has an unclear history.
  • Naitō Nobunari - Ieyasu's younger half brother, said to have been adopted by Naitō Kiyonaga.
  • Matsudaira Tadamasa (Ōsuka Tadamasa) - Ieyasu's younger step brother, born as one of Sakakibara Yasumasa's sons.
  • Shōoku Esai - Ieyasu's younger step brother, Matsudaira Hirotada's third son.
  • Matsudaira Yasutomo - Ieyasu's younger half brother, Hisamatsu Toshikatsu's second son.
  • Matsudaira Yasutoshi - Ieyasu's younger half brother, Hisamatsu Toshikatsu's third son.
  • Hisamatsu Sadakatsu - Ieyasu's younger half brother, Hisamatsu Toshikatsu's fourth son.
  • Matsudaira Nobuyasu (Tokugawa Nobuyasu) - Ieyasu's eldest son, highly favored by Ieyasu but was forced to end his life at a young age on Nobunaga's orders.
  • Yūki Hideyasu - Ieyasu's second son, founder of the Echizen-Matsudaira branch, disliked by Ieyasu for reasons not entirely known.
  • Matsudaira Tadayoshi - Ieyasu's fourth son, adopted by Matsudaira Ietada, married Ii Naomasa's eldest daughter.
  • Takeda Nobuyoshi (Matsudaira Nobuyoshi) - Ieyasu's fifth son, adopted by Takeda Nobuharu in an effort to save the Takeda family.
  • Matsudaira Tadateru - Ieyasu's sixth son, said to have been Matsudaira Yasutada's adopted son.
  • Matsudaira Matsuchiyo - Ieyasu's seventh son, named the second successor of the Fukuya Domain but died when he was five.
  • Matsudaira Senchiyo - Ieyasu's eighth son, died when he was six.
  • Yoshinao - Ieyasu's ninth son, first member of the Tokugawa family to reign the Kōfu Domain.
  • Yorinobu - Ieyasu's tenth son, husband of Kiyomasa Katō's fifth daughter, Yōrinin.
  • Yorifusa - Ieyasu's eleventh son, had no official wife but had twenty-four children.
  • Chomaru - Hidetada's eldest son, died young.
  • Tadanaga - Hidetada's third son, said to be Matsudaira Chōshichirō's father.
  • Hoshina Masayuki - Hidetada's fourth son, adopted by Hoshina Masamitsu, first met his biological father when he was eighteen.


  • Odai no Kata - Mizuno Tadamasa's daughter, Ieyasu's mother.
  • Ichibahime - Ieyasu's eldest half sister.
  • Tsukiyama-dono (Senahime) - Yoshimoto's niece, Ieyasu's first wife.
  • Asahihime - Toyotomi Hideyoshi's younger sister, Ieyasu's second wife.
  • Kamehime - Ieyasu's eldest daughter, Nobumasa Okudaira's wife.
  • Tokuhime - Ieyasu's second eldest daughter, Hōjō Ujinao's wife and later Ikeda Terumasa's second wife
  • Komatsuhime - Honda Tadakatsu's daughter, Ieyasu's adopted daughter, Sanada Nobuyuki's wife. Also known as Inahime.
  • Matehime - Matsudaira Yatsumoto's daughter, Ieyasu's adopted daughter, Tsugaru Nobuhira's second wife
  • Kogō no Tsubone - Ieyasu's concubine, Yūki Hideyasu's mother.
  • Yōjuin (Oman no Kata) - Ieyasu's concubine, Yorinobu and Yorifusa's mother.
  • Saigō no Tsubone - Ieyasu's concubine, Hidetada and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's mother
  • Unkōin (Sewa/Acha no Tsubone) - Ieyasu's concubine, Hidetada and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's foster mother.
  • Chaa no Tsubone - Ieyasu's concubine, Matsudaira Matsuchiyo's mother (child died young).
  • Eishōin - Ieyasu's concubine, Ichihime's mother (child died young).
  • Okame - Ieyasu's concubine, Matsudaira Senchiyo and Yoshinao's mother (first child died young).
  • Nishigori no Tsubone - Ieyasu's concubine, Tokuhime's mother.
  • Otake - Ieyasu's concubine, Furihime's mother.
  • Oume - Aoki Kazunori's daughter, Ieyasu's concubine.
  • Onatsu - Ieyasu's concubine.
  • Omusu - Ieyasu's concubine, died due to miscarriage.
  • Oroku - Ieyasu's concubine.
  • Osen - Ieyasu's concubine.
  • Hōkoin - Ieyasu's concubine.
  • Ohime - Hidetada's first wife, died young.
  • Sugenin (Oeyo) - Azai Nagamasa's daughter, Hidetada's second wife.
  • Jōkoin - Hidetada's concubine.
  • Senhime - Hidetada's daughter, Toyotomi Hideyori's wife.
  • Gotokuhime - Nobunaga's daughter, Nobuyasu's wife.

Major Vassals[]

Three Heroes of Tokugawa[]

The Three Heroes of Tokugawa (徳川三人衆 or 徳川三傑) were three generals historically recognized as the "big three" retainers of the Tokugawa clan. The first lists the generals during Ieyasu's Sekigahara Campaign.

  1. Honda Tadakatsu
  2. Sakakibara Yasumasa
  3. Ii Naomasa

The second list includes three great vassals who served Iemitsu during the Kan'ei period.

  1. Doi Toshikatsu
  2. Aoyama Tadatoshi
  3. Sakai Tadayo

Four Guardian Kings of Tokugawa[]

The Four Guardian Kings of Tokugawa (徳川四天王) were four mighty generals who were believed to have greatly contributed to Ieyasu's campaigns. Their namesake, as with most other four guardian kings titles, was the Buddhist Four Heavenly Kings. It's not known whether this title was fictional, but it has been romanticized in paintings and novels during the Edo period.

  1. Ii Naomasa
  2. Honda Tadakatsu
  3. Sakakibara Yasumasa
  4. Sakai Tadatsugu

Seven Spearmen of Ueda[]

The Seven Spearmen of Ueda (上田七本槍) were seven generals who performed admirably during the second struggle at Ueda Castle. They bravely guarded Hidetada with their lives and ensured that they survived Sanada Masayuki's tactics. Even though they still suffered defeat, these men were praised for their courage. It is more likely that these men actually used arrows and other artillery rather than spears during the battle.

  1. Terumori Nagayama
  2. Ono Tadaaki
  3. Tsuji Hisayoshi
  4. Shizume Koreaki
  5. Toda Mitsumasa
  6. Saito Nobuyoshi
  7. Asakura Nobumasa

Sixteen Heavenly Generals of Tokugawa[]

The Sixteen Heavenly Generals of Tokugawa (徳川十六神将) is a title that was invented during the Edo period. Like the Four Heavenly Kings, this title was made based on the Buddhist Twelve Heavenly Generals. The reasons why these generals were chosen are unclear but it was presumably made for those who practice their faith at Tōshō-gū.

  1. Ii Naomasa
  2. Honda Tadakatsu
  3. Sakakibara Yasumasa
  4. Sakai Tadatsugu
  5. Matsudaira Matsutada (and Matsudaira Ietada)
  6. Hiraiwa Chikayoshi
  7. Torii Mototada
  8. Torii Tadahiro
  9. Ōkubo Tadayo
  10. Ōkubo Tadasuke
  11. Naitō Masanari
  12. Hattori Masanari
  13. Takagi Kiyohide
  14. Yonegizu Tsuneharu
  15. Watanabe Moritsuna
  16. Hachiya Tadatsugu

Twenty-Eight Heavenly Generals of Tokugawa[]

The Twenty-Eight Heavenly Generals of Tokugawa (徳川二十八神将) is another title that was fabricated during the Edo period. It is believed that this rank was made as a counterpart to the Twenty-Four Generals of Takeda. At the Nikkō Tōshō-gū, these men are commended to have greatly helped Ieyasu.

  1. Andō Naotsugu
  2. Ii Naomasa
  3. Honda Tadatoshi
  4. Ina Tadamasa
  5. Okabe Nakamori
  6. Ōkubo Tadasuke
  7. Ōkubo Tadataka
  8. Ōkubo Tadayo
  9. Ōsuka Yasutaka
  10. Okudaira Nobumasa
  11. Sakai Tadatsugu
  12. Sakai Masachika
  13. Sakakibara Yasumasa
  14. Sugamema Sadamitsu
  15. Takagi Kiyohide
  16. Torii Mototada
  17. Naitō Ienaga
  18. Naitō Nobunari
  19. Hachiya Sadatsugu
  20. Hattori Masanari
  21. Hiraiwa Chikayoshi
  22. Honda Tadakatsu
  23. Honda Yasutaka
  24. Matsudaira Koretada
  25. Matsudaira Yasutada
  26. Mizuno Katsushige
  27. Yonegizu Tsuneharu
  28. Watanabe Moritsuna

Other vassals[]

  • Honda Masanobu
  • Honda Tadatomo
  • Honda Masazumi
  • Honda Shigetsugu
  • Naitō Yarita
  • Naitō Masanari
  • Amano Yasukage
  • Hisamatsu Sadakatsu
  • Suzuki Shōsan
  • Ii Naotaka
  • Ishikawa Kazumasa
  • Ina Tadatsugu
  • Inagaki Nagashige
  • Kuroda Nagamasa
  • Hosokawa Tadaoki
  • Sanada Nobuyuki
  • Ogasawara Hidemasa
  • Naruze Masakazu
  • Naruze Masayoshi
  • Naruze Masanari
  • Natsume Yoshinobu
  • Matsudaira Tadanao
  • Matsudaira Tadamitsu
  • Ōkubo Tadachika
  • Makino Yasushige
  • Hiraiwa Chikayoshi
  • Kōriki Kiyonaga
  • Yagyū Munenori
  • Sugamema Sadamitsu
  • Okabe Tadatsuna
  • Aoyama Tadanari
  • Itakura Katsushige
  • Ōsuga Yasutaka
  • Hoshina Masamitsu
  • Mizuno Tadashige

Myths and Theories[]

Kagemusha Ieyasu in the newest Nobunaga's Ambition title.

Due to Ieyasu's unique characteristics, there are a few legends and theories surrounding his actions that are popular in fiction.

Ieyasu planned Honnōji?[]

Among the many conspiracies surrounding the Incident at Honnōji is Ieyasu's role in the event. Historically, Ieyasu was away from his lord at the time and, when he heard that Nobunaga was in danger, he wanted to rush to his lord's rescue in spite of the small number of attendants with him. However, Tadakatsu advised for his lord to avoid the risk and urged for a quick retreat to Mikawa. Masanari led the way through Iga and they returned home by boat.

However, skeptics think otherwise. While they usually accept the historically known facts about Ieyasu's actions during Mitsuhide's betrayal, theorists tend to pay more attention to the events before. Ever since Ieyasu lost his wife and son due to Nobunaga's orders, they reason, he held a secret resentment against his lord. Generally, there is some belief that he privately goaded Mitsuhide to take action when the two warlords were together in Azuchi Castle. Together, they planned when to attack and went their separate ways. When the deed was done, Ieyasu turned a blind eye to Mitsuhide's schemes and fled the scene to feign innocence. A variation of the concept states that Ieyasu was well aware of Mitsuhide's feelings regarding Nobunaga and simply chose to do nothing for his own benefit.

Like all the theories and conspiracies surrounding Honnōji, it's unknown if any of these ideas are true.

Ieyasu had an impostor?[]

The Tokugawa Ieyasu's Kagemusha Legend (徳川家康の影武者説) is a myth that has been circulating since the Edo period. It is believed to have arisen due to historical records of Ieyasu's "sudden change of behavior" with some of his closet colleagues. The idea was made more popular in modern times by the historians, Tokutomi Sohō and Yasutsugu Shigeno.

The general outline of the legend is that after the Battle of Okehazama, Motoyasu (Ieyasu) was ready to face the world as a changed man. According to Hayashi Razan, the last line was meant quite literally. Before Motoyasu could make his new face known to the world, he was replaced by a completely different man named Sarata Jiro Saburo Motonobu (Sakai Jōkei). Variations include that the switch actually occurred much earlier in Motoyasu's life when he was being a hostage. Motonobu went in Motoyasu's stead and was considered a more suitable "heir". After Motonobu replaced him, Motoyasu fled and lived a hermit's life. Another version states that Ieyasu was actually killed during the Battle of Sekigahara or the Osaka Campaign. When he was killed by Sanada Nobushige during the latter conflict, it is said that he was replaced by Ogasawara Hidemasa who became the "Ieyasu" from then on.

While prevalent in fiction, historians are unsure whether or not the myth holds any merit. His dubious personality traits during these specific time frames have been mostly blamed on stress and personal strain.


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