Imagawa clan

In this Japanese name, the family name is Imagawa.
Imagawa clan

The emblem (mon) of the Imagawa clan
Home province Mikawa
Parent house Ashikaga clan
Titles Various
Founder Imagawa Kuniji (Ashikaga Kuniuji)
Founding year 13th century
Cadet branches Horikoshi clan
Sena clan

Imagawa clan (今川氏 Imagawa-uji) was a Japanese noble military clan that claimed descent from the Seiwa Genji by way of the Kawachi Genji. It was a branch of the Minamoto clan by the Ashikaga clan.


Ashikaga Kuniuji, grandson of Ashikaga Yoshiuji, established himself in the 13th century at Imagawa (Mikawa Province) and took its name.

Imagawa Norikuni (1295–1384) received from his cousin the shogun Ashikaga Takauji the province of Tōtōmi, and later that of Suruga.

Located at

Ounami no Kori, Mikawa (modern day Nishio, Aichi) mainly Suruga Province and Tōtōmi Province during the Warring States period


Major figures

Imagawa Sadayo, Ujichika, Yoshimoto, Ujizane

Sengoku era

After the death of Yoshimoto at the Battle of Okehazama in 1560, many Imagawa officers defected to other clans. Within a decade the clan had lost all of its land holdings to the Tokugawa and Takeda clans. The Imagawa subsequently became masters of ceremonies in the service of the Tokugawa clan.[1]

Clan castles

Separated by province name.

Edo period

Imagawa Norinobu, an Imagawa of the late Edo period, was a wakadoshiyori in the Tokugawa administration.

Key genealogies


  • Imagawa Kuniuji (1243–1282)
  • Imagawa Morouji (1261–1323)
  • Imagawa Norikuni (1295?-1384)
  • Imagawa Noriuji (1316–1365)
  • Imagawa Yasunori (1334?-1409?)

  • Imagawa Noritaka (1694–1712)
  • Imagawa Norinushi (1698–1728)
  • Imagawa Norihiko (1716–1749)
  • Imagawa Noriyasu (1731–1784)
  • Imagawa Yoshiaki (1756–1818)

  • Imagawa Yoshimochi (1786–1839)
  • Imagawa Yoshiyori (1810–1841)
  • Imagawa Norinobu (1829–1887)
  • Imagawa Yoshihito


  • Imagawa Sadayo (1326-1420?)
  • Imagawa Nakaaki
  • Imagawa Sadaomi
  • Imagawa Sadasuke
  • Imagawa Norimasa (?-1464)

  • Imagawa Sadanobu (?-1474)

Tōtōmi (Horikoshi branch)

  • Horikoshi Sadamoto (?-1537)
  • Horikoshi Ujinobu
  • Horikoshi Sadatada
  • Horikoshi Sadahisa
  • Horikoshi Sadayoshi

  • Horikoshi Sadatsugu

Tōtōmi (Sena branch)

  • Sena Kazuhide
  • Sena Ujisada
  • Sena Ujitoshi
  • Sena Ujiakira
  • Sena Masakatsu

  • Sena Kiyosada

Notable retainers

Popular Culture

Imagawa is a playable nation in Europa Universalis IV.


  1. (Japanese) "Suruga Imagawa-shi" on (12 July 2008)


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