Shingen Takeda(1521-1573)


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Nobunaga's Ambition:Innovation. Takeda's BGM in the beginning.

Shingen Takeda is a warlord of Kai.

Kai is now Yamanashi Prefecture.

His position in "Nobunaga's Ambition" (strategy game)

Starting Nobunaga's Ambition with Shingen Takeda is too easy and boring.

Because he has the most superior national power and vassals, and has no powerful enemies.

Another name

  • Tiger of Kai.
  • Dragon of Kai.

Family Crest

Representative Episodes.

He is One of the Sengoku warlords representing the Sengoku period.

Political Episodes

He ousted his father, who had tormented his subjects and people, and became the head of the family.

Shingen's Levee

Shingen Takeda focused on flood control projects to reduce flood damage in his territory.

The levee he built was called Shingenzutsumi.

Episodes of battles

He led a powerful cavalry force that made it difficult for Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu to fight.

Although he never fought directly against Oda Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu suffered a heavy defeat against Nobunaga.

After the death of Takeda Shingen, Tokugawa Ieyasu respected Takeda Shingen and imitated his fighting style.

After the fall of the Takeda family, he heavily employed his surviving vassals.


Shingen Takeda's flag-designation was written "Fu-Rin-Ka-zan".

  • Fu(Wind):Fast as the wind
  • Rin(Forest):Secretly like a forest.
  • Ka(Flame):Attack like a flame.
  • Zan(Mountain):Tough as a mountain.

his rival is Kenshin Uesugi

He fought many battles with Uesugi Kenshin, who had territory in the surrounding area.

Shingen Takeda and Kenshin Uesugi were rivals who recognized each other.

In his last will and testament, Takeda Shingen told his son Katsuyori,

Make peace with Uesugi Kenshin and rely on him.

Statues of Shingen Takeda (left) and Kenshin Uesugi (right) in single combat (Hachimanbara Historic Site Park, Nagano City)

Other Episodes

Flush toilets, which were still rare at the time, were used.

His childhood name was Taro. Today, few Japanese have this name, but it is a typical name, and it is a name like John.

Last days and after death

Nobunaga's Ambition:Innovation. Takeda's BGM at the end of the game.

Shingen Takeda died of illness in 1573 during a battle with Tokugawa Ieyasu. Some say he was shot.

He ordered his successor, Katsuyori Takeda, to keep his death secret for three years.

Takeda Shingen was a genius in warfare and politics, but he was aggressive and disloyal in his expansion of power.
The Takeda family, having lost a great leader, perhaps tormented by the negative legacy of his father Shingen, fell in Takeda Katsuyori's place.
Nevertheless, Takeda Shingen is one of the first warlords that many Japanese remember, and he is a historical figure representing Yamanashi Prefecture.

The heroic cavalry he is said to have led still attracts many people today.

He has consistently demonstrated top-class overall performance in the "Ambition of Nobunaga" series.

If it appeared in the Fate series, would it be a rider?

Statue of Lord Shingen Takeda in front of the south exit of Kofu Station.

Famous relatives and subjects.


Nobutora Takeda.

Younger brother.

Nobushige Takeda.


Katsuyori Takeda.


Sanada Masayuki.

Yamamoto Kansuke.