The Hôjô were founded by Ise Shinkuro (Sôun) and therefore were no relation to the earlier family of Regents (shikken), whose name was apparently borrowed for its prestige value. They ruled from Odawara castle in Sagami province from around 1520 until their defeat at the hands of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1590. During that time they expanded throughout the Kanto at the expense of the Uesugi and by 1590 could claim control of much of the region. Although the Hôjô enjoyed martial success, their domestic developments make them a favorite subject among scholars.
|Members of the Go-Hôjô clan|
- Initial text from Sengoku Biographical Dictionary (Samurai-Archives.com) FWSeal & CEWest, 2005