Asakura clan

The Asakura clan (朝倉氏, Asakura-shi) is a Japanese kin group.[1]

Asakura clan
Japanese Crest mitumori mokkou.svg
The Asakura clan mon
Home provinceEchizen
Parent houseKusakabe clan (purported)
Final rulerAsakura Yoshikage
Ruled until1573, Asakura Yoshikage commits seppuku


The clan claims descent from Prince Kusakabe (662–689), who was the son of Emperor Tenmu (631–686).[1]

The family was a line of daimyō (feudal lords) which, along with the Azai clan, opposed Oda Nobunaga in the late 16th century.

The Asakura were defeated by Nobunaga at the Battle of Anegawa in 1570; the family's home castle of Ichijōdani was taken in 1573.[citation needed]

Asakura Nobumasa (1583–1637), nephew of Asakura Yoshikage, was allied with Toyotomi Hideyoshi and with Tokugawa Ieyasu. In 1625, he was granted Kakegawa Domain (25,000 koku) in Tōtōmi Province. In 1632, he was implicated in a plot, causing him to be dispossessed and banished to Koriyama, where he died.[1]

Clan HeadsEdit



  1. ^ a b c d Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Asakura", Nobiliare du Japon, p. 3 [PDF 7 of 80]; retrieved 2013-5-4.

Further readingEdit

  • Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.
  • Turnbull, Stephen (2002). 'War in Japan: 1467-1615'. Oxford: Osprey Publishing.