Takeda Nobutora

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Takeda Nobutora
武田 信虎
Takeda Nobutora by Takeda Nobukado (Daisenji Kofu).jpg
Head of Takeda clan
In office
Preceded byTakeda Nobutsuna
Succeeded byTakeda Shingen
Personal details
BornFebruary 11, 1494
DiedMarch 27, 1574
RelationsTakeda Katsuyori (grandson)
ChildrenTakeda Shingen
Takeda Nobushige
Takeda Nobukado
Takeda Nobuzane
Ichijo Nobutatsu
Military service
AllegianceTakeda mon.svg Takeda clan
RankLord (Daimyō)

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 was the father of the famous Takeda Shingen.[1]


Nobutora’s son was Harunobu, later known as Takeda Shingen, along with two other sons, Nobushige and Nobukado.

Nobutora defeated Imagawa Ujichika in 1521 at the Battle of Iidagawara, Hōjō Ujitsuna in 1526 at the Battle of Nashinokidaira, Suwa Yorishige in the 1531 at Battle of Shiokawa no gawara, and Hiraga Genshin in the 1536 at Battle of Un no Kuchi with the aid of his son Shingen.[1][2] During that battle, Nobutora was forced to retreat, but his son Harunobu turned around, defeated Hiraga and took the castle.

Nobutora nevertheless wished to pass on his domain to Nobushige, and so in 1540, Harunobu overthrew his father and exiled him to Suruga. Nobutora didn't return to Kai until the death of Shingen in 1573, at the invitation of his grandson Katsuyori. At that time Nobutora was in his 80s, though some reported that even as an old man he still managed to strike fear to people around him.[3]

Nobutora died on March 27, 1574 and was buried at the Daisenji temple in Kofu, Yamanashi.[4]

The grave of Takeda Nobutora is at Daisenji in Kofu, Yamanashi.


Nobutora's Character[edit]

  • According to the Kōyō Gunkan, completed in the Edo period, he was coarse and arrogant.

Soza Samonji sword[edit]

Nobutora was also a previous owner of a famous sword named "Soza Samonji" (宗三左文字), although he gave that sword to Imagawa Yoshimoto as a gift to secure an alliance. After Yoshimoto's death at the Okehazama, the sword came into possession of Oda Nobunaga. After the Incident of Honnoji, Toyotomi Hideyoshi recovered the sword, which he later gave to Tokugawa Ieyasu as a gift. The sword is currently a Cultural Properties of Japan.[5]


  1. ^ a b Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. Cassell & Co. pp. 208–209. ISBN 1854095234.
  2. ^ Sato, Hiroaki (1995). Legends of the Samurai. Overlook Duckworth. pp. 206–207. ISBN 9781590207307.
  3. ^ "Takeda_Nobutora".
  4. ^ "武田信虎 ("Takeda Nobutora")". コトバンク ("Kotobank") (in Japanese). n.d. Retrieved 2022-06-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "宗三左文字 - 刀剣ワールド ("Soza Samonji - Katana World")". Touken World (in Japanese). n.d. Retrieved 2022-06-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)