Siege of Minowa

The 1566 siege of Minowa was one of several battles fought by the Takeda clan in their campaigns to seize the lands of the Uesugi clan, during Japan's Sengoku period. It is part of a larger power struggle between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin.[1]

Siege of Minowa
Part of Sengoku period
Location36°24′16″N 138°57′05″E / 36.40444°N 138.95139°E / 36.40444; 138.95139Coordinates: 36°24′16″N 138°57′05″E / 36.40444°N 138.95139°E / 36.40444; 138.95139
Result Siege successful; Takeda victory
Uesugi clan Forces of Takeda Shingen
Commanders and leaders
Kamiizumi Hidetsuna
Nagano Narimori 
Takeda Shingen
3000 5000
Siege of Minowa is located in Gunma Prefecture
Siege of Minowa
Location within Gunma Prefecture
Siege of Minowa is located in Japan
Siege of Minowa
Siege of Minowa (Japan)

Some years before, Nagano Narimasa, lord of Minowa castle and faithful retainer to the Uesugi, died. In order to protect the region from the depredations of the Takeda, the Nagano family kept his death a secret until his heir could settle into power.

The Takeda attacked in 1566, and were held off for a time, with the young heir, Nagano Narimori, and famous swordsman Kamiizumi Hidetsuna, leading the defense. Intense hand-to-hand fighting eventually led to Hidetsuna leading a bold charge from the castle, which was initially successful. However, Narimori was killed soon afterwards, and the castle fell.


  1. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (2013-01-20). Kawanakajima 1553–64: Samurai power struggle. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4728-0022-0.
  • Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.