Sanada Nobuyuki (真田 信之, 1566 – November 12, 1658) was a Japanese samurai of the Sengoku period. He was the son of daimyō Sanada Masayuki and the older brother of Sanada Yukimura.

Sanada Nobuyuki
真田 信之
Sanada Nobuyuki
Head of Sanada clan
In office
Preceded bySanada Masayuki
Succeeded bySanada Nobumasa
Lord of Matsushiro
In office
Preceded bySakai Tadakatsu
Succeeded bySanada Nobumasa
Lord of Numata
In office
Succeeded bySanada Nobuyoshi
Lord of Ueda
In office
Succeeded bySengoku Tadamasa
Personal details
DiedNovember 12, 1658(1658-11-12) (aged 91–92)
ChildrenManhime (b.1592)
Sanada Nobuyoshi (1593-1634)
Sanada Nobumasa (1597-1658)
Sanada Nobushige (1599-1648)
Dōkyō Etan (1642-1721)
RelativesSanada Yukimura (brother)
Sanada Nobutsuna (uncle and father-in-law)
Honda Tadakatsu (father-in-law)
Tokugawa Ieyasu (father-in-law)
Military service
Allegiance Takeda clan
Oda clan
Uesugi clan
Later Hōjō clan
Tokugawa clan
Toyotomi clan
Eastern Army
Tokugawa shogunate
Unit Sanada clan
Battles/warsBattle of Kamigawa (1585)
Siege of Odawara (1590)
Battle of Sekigahara (1600)
Siege of Osaka (1614-1615)

Early life


He was the first son of Sanada Masayuki and his wife, Kansho-in. His younger brother was Sanada Yukimura. He was married to Komatsuhime (Inahime), Honda Tadakatsu's daughter and adopted daughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Two other wives of Nobuyuki were his first wife and cousin Seiin-in, who lost her status to Komatsuhime and Ukyo (a daughter of Tamagawa Hidemasa).

At an early age, Nobuyuki's father served under the daimyō Takeda Shingen and sent Nobuyuki as a hostage to prove the Sanada clan's loyalty to the Takeda clan. After the Takeda clan was destroyed by Oda and Tokugawa army, Nobuyuki fled to Ueda Castle, the stronghold of the Sanada Clan and where his family were.

In 1585, Tokugawa Ieyasu attacked Ueda Castle; Nobuyuki fought in Battle of Kami river alongside his father and was victorious. Later, as Masayuki served under Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Nobuyuki was sent to Tokugawa to be a retainer in order to preserve the clan if anything wrong happened to the Toyotomi clan.

Battle of Sekigahara

Edo period screen depicting the Battle of Sekigahara.

During the Battle of Sekigahara, he fought on the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu, against whom Masayuki and his brother, Yukimura were fighting. After the Western Army was defeated by Ieyasu, Nobuyuki used this position to save his father's and brother's lives.

After the battle Masayuki's territory was seized, Masayuki and Yukimura were exiled to Kudoyama in Mt. Koya in the Kii Province. Ueda was given to Nobuyuki.

Siege of Osaka


In 1614, the relationship between the Tokugawa and Toyotomi started heating up again. Ieyasu ordered an army of 10,000 to surround Osaka Castle.

Yukimura escaped from Kudoyama and served Toyotomi to take the fight against the Tokugawa. Accepting the truth, Nobuyuki couldn't spare Sanada Yukimura again and his brother was killed in battle.

After the Siege of Osaka, Tokugawa generally had a high regard of Nobuyuki. In 1622, he became the first lord of the Matsushiro clan and lived to 92 years of age.



See also

Preceded by 2nd Daimyō of Ueda

Succeeded by
Preceded by
First Daimyō of Numata

Succeeded by
Preceded by First Daimyō of Matsushiro

Succeeded by