Siege of Kagoshima

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Siege of Kagoshima
Part of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Kyūshū Campaign
Date 1587
Location Kagoshima, Satsuma Province, Japan
Result Toyotomi Hideyoshi victory through negotiation
Satsuma (and most of Kyūshū) falls to Hideyoshi
Forces of Toyotomi Hideyoshi Forces of the Shimazu clan
Commanders and leaders
Hashiba Hidenaga
Katō Kiyomasa
Fukushima Masanori
Kuroda Yoshitaka
60,000 Unknown

The 1587 siege of Kagoshima took place during Japan's Sengoku period, and was the last stand of the Shimazu family against the forces of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. This was the final battle in Hideyoshi's campaign to take Kyūshū.

Following the Shimazu defeat at Sendaigawa, the Shimazu then retreated to their home castle of Kagoshima. Hideyoshi's forces numbering roughly 60,000, then made a landing, having set off from Akune. Under the leadership of Hashiba Hidenaga, Fukushima Masanori, Katō Kiyomasa and Kuroda Yoshitaka, they then surrounded the city. The land-based divisions, which were not on the boats from Akune, had traversed the volcanic valleys defending the city with the help of local monks.

In the end, however, no fighting took place, as the Shimazu surrendered.


  • Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.

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