The second son of Oda Nobuakira (d. 1857/8/25), Nobushige succeeded his father to become lord of the 10,000 koku domain of Yanagimoto on 1857/12/16. In 1860, he had his first formal audience with the shogun as head of his family and lord of his domain. In preparation for that audience, he was treated to a banquet by Sengoku Hisatoshi and Inaba Akimichi, senior daimyô attached to the Yanagi-no-ma of Edo castle, who helped guide him through the process.
Masukurô's lineage was descended from Oda Urakusai, a younger brother of Oda Nobunaga. They were the only one of the four branches of the Oda clan to be granted "castle holder" (shironushi) status by the Tokugawa shogunate.
- Ogawa Kyôichi 小川恭一, Shogun omemie sahô 将軍お目見え作法, Tokyojin 東京人 (1995/1), 84.