The Unknown Akechi Mitsuhide ―The Hosokawa and the Akechi, Warrior Lords that Supported Nobunaga

Eisei-Bunko Museum

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[Image: Important Cultural Property: Memorandum by Mitsuhide Akechi, 1582 (Tensho 10), the 6th month, 9th day, Eisei Bunko Museum, On display from December 22 to January 31]

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Mitsuhide Akechi served the Ashikaga Shogun family and was later given an important position by shogun Nobunaga Oda. Working under the same master, Akechi had a friendly association with Fujitaka Hosokawa, the first head of the Hosokawa family. Thus the Hosokawa collection in Eisei Bunko Museum includes numerous historical records such as Nobunaga Oda’s letters addressed to Mitsuhide Akechi and Fujitaka Hosokawa that describe Mitsuhide’s situation and his movements. These letters indicate that Mitsuhide Akechi always acted in cooperation with Fujitaka Hosokawa in significant historical events, for instance, in fighting against Ikko Ikki (an uprising of Ikko sect followers), in executing Murashige Araki for betraying Nobunaga, and in conquering the Tango Province.

This exhibition is based on the knowledge newly acquired by accessing historical documents about Mitsuhide Akechi’s activities in his early years, his military achievements under Nobunaga Oda, collaborative relationship with his ally Fujitaka Hosokawa, and the historical significance of the incident at Honnoji temple. Akechi is presented as a resourceful leader with advanced ideas, which overturns the stereotype of him as a traitor. The exhibition also introduces the turbulent life of Akechi’s daughter, Tama (Gracia), who was married to Tadaoki Hosokawa, by displaying related documents.



from November 21, 2020 to January 31, 2021
Open on 11/23 and 1/11. Closed on 11/24, 12/28-1/8, 1/12.

Website (Japanese) (venue's website)


Adults ¥1000; Seniors 70 & Over ¥800; University and High School Students ¥500; Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion, Junior High School Students and Under free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 16:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed on the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Address: 1-1-1 Mejirodai, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0015
Phone: 03-3941-0850

7 minute walk from Waseda Station on the Toden Arakawa line, 11 minute walk from exit 6 at Gokokuji Station on the Yurakucho line, 12 minute walk from 3a exit at Waseda Station on the Tozai line.

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