Sengoku daimyō refers to daimyō who rose in power from a territory of one or more districts to control over one or more provinces.
These prominent individuals, while active in political, economic and military spheres, wielded authority in provinces under their control with a relative degree of autonomy of the central authority of the Muromachi bakufu based in Kyōto.
Their hereditary rule depended upon the support of provincial families of influence serving as their retainers and civil servants, together with a military structure by which bushi and conscripted locals provided the military force to protect and expand their territories.
Hōjō Sōun, the founder of the Gohōjō clan, was the first sengoku daimyō in the dawn of the Sengoku period.
Following is an index of the sengoku daimyō from the Sengoku and Azuchi-Momoyama periods. Individuals with the rank of shugo daimyō or daimyō are covered under separate tabs.
Index Status: English: 76; Japanese 154