Ikeda Tsuneoki

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Ikeda Tsuneoki
Ikeda Tuneoki.jpg
DiedMay 18, 1584
Other namesIkeda Nobuteru
OccupationDaimyō, Military Commander
ChildrenIkeda Motosuke,
Ikeda Sen,
Ikeda Terumasa
Parent(s)Ikeda Toshitsune (father)

Ikeda Tsuneoki (池田 恒興, 1536 – May 18, 1584), also known as Ikeda Nobuteru (池田 信輝), was a daimyō and military commander during the Sengoku period and Azuchi–Momoyama periods of 16th-century Japan.

Early life[edit]

He was a retainer of the famous warlords Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. His childhood name was Katsusaburō (勝三郎). His father was Ikeda Toshitsune, who served Oda Nobuhide and His mother, Yotokuin was Oda Nobunaga's wet-nurse. There are various theories as to his birthplace (including Owari, Mino, Settsu and Ōmi provinces).


  • Father: Ikeda Tsunetoshi (d. 1538)
  • Mother: Yotokuin (1515–1608)
  • Wife: Zen'ōin
  • Concubines
  • Children:


He was one of the four karō at Kiyosu Castle. His official position was Kii-no-kami (紀伊守), or "Governor of Kii Province". His courtesy name was Shōzaburō (勝三郎). He later became a priest, and referred to himself as Shōnyū (勝入). In his early years, he served Nobunaga, since his mother was a foster mother of Nobunaga.

In 1557, he took Suemori Castle and killed Oda Nobuyuki, who was guilty of treason against his brother Oda Nobunaga.[1]

In 1570, he was active in the Battle of Anegawa and became the lord of Inuyama Castle. After that, he took part in various battles, such as the Battle of Nagashino against the Takeda clan.

In 1580, he beat Araki Murashige, who locked himself in Hanakuma Castle and was given Murashige's domain.

In 1582, he took part in Hashiba Hideyoshi's force at the Battle of Yamazaki after the Incident at Honnō-ji, helping defeat Akechi Mitsuhide.[1]:277 He also took part in the meeting in Kiyosu Castle. In 1583, he was given 130,000 koku in Mino Province, and became the lord of Ōgaki Castle. In 1584, he took part in the Battle of Komaki and Nagakute on the side of Hideyoshi. He captured Inuyama Castle on his first assault.


Grave of Ikeda Tsuneoki in Ikeda Gifu

Tsuneoki and his eldest son, Ikeda Motosuke, died in the battle at Nagakute,[1]:43. His daughter, Ikeda Sen, and his son, Ikeda Terumasa, survived the battle. Ikeda Terumasa succeeded him as the leader of the Ikeda clan.


  1. ^ a b c Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. London: Cassell & Co. p. 69. ISBN 9781854095237.


  1. ^ "Hideyoshi". books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2017.