Battle of Bubaigawara

The Battle of Bubaigawara (分倍河原の戦い, Bubaigawara no tatakai) was part of the decisive Kōzuke-Musashi Campaign during the Genkō War in Japan that ultimately ended the Kamakura Shogunate. It was fought on the banks of the Tama River in central Musashi province in what is now part of the city of Fuchū, Tokyo on May 15 and 16, 1333, it pitted the anti-shogunate imperial forces led by Nitta Yoshisada against the forces of the Hōjō-led Kamakura shogunate. It was the final major battle in Kōzuke-Musashi Campaign and was preceded by the Battle of Kumegawa.

Battle of Bubaigawara
Part of the Kamakura period
Monument marking the site of the Battle of Bubaigawara
DateMay 15–16, 1333
Bubaigawara, in present-day Fuchū, Tokyo
35°40′06″N 139°28′07″E / 35.66833°N 139.46861°E / 35.66833; 139.46861
Result Victory for the imperial forces
Japanese Crest mitu Uroko.svg Forces loyal to the Kamakura Shogunate Imperial Seal of Japan.svg Forces loyal to the Emperor Go-Daigo
Commanders and leaders
Japanese Crest mitu Uroko.svg Hōjō Yasuie
Japanese Crest mitu Uroko.svg Hōjō Sadakuni
Japanese Crest Nitta hitotu Hiki.svg Nitta Yoshisada
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The battleEdit

After his victory three days earlier at the Battle of Kumegawa, Nitta Yoshisada took time to rest his horses and men. Meanwhile, the forces loyal to the Shogunate retreated to Bubaigawara to regroup. Unbeknownst to Nitta, the Shōgun's forces had received reinforcements on the 14th greatly restoring strength and morale.

As the Imperial forces advanced on Bubaigawara on the 15th, the Shōgun's forces attacked with a great archery barrage and thus halted the Imperial attack. The main body of the Shōgun's army then engaged Nitta's army, and despite aggressive counterattacks by Nitta, heavy losses forced Nitta to retreat.[1]

Had the Shogunate forces immediately pressed their advantage of the First day, it was likely their victory would have been complete. However, during the night of the 15th, Nitta received critical reinforcements led by Miura Yoshikatsu. And at dawn on the 16th, Miura led his fresh troops and attacked an unsuspecting enemy. Nitta Yoshisada and his brother Nitta Yoshisuke advanced to the front while Miura harassed the enemy from the rear.[1]

The ResultEdit

The battle resulted in a rout in favor of the Nitta brothers and Miura. Although the Shogunate forces held the initial advantage, their failure to exploit it led to defeat.[2]


The remnants of the Hōjō forces retreated in disarray to Kamakura where they regrouped. The forces led by Nitta pursued and were victorious during the Siege of Kamakura.[2]


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  1. ^ a b McCullough, Helen Craig (1959): pp. 274-285.
  2. ^ a b Sansom, George (1963): pp. 19-21

Coordinates: 35°40′06″N 139°28′07″E / 35.66833°N 139.46861°E / 35.66833; 139.46861