Emperor Go-Kameyama

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  • Died: 1424
  • Reign: 1383-1392
  • Japanese: 後亀山天皇 (Go Kameyama tennô)

Emperor Go-Kameyama is generally regarded as the last emperor of the Southern Court. He abdicated in 1392 explicitly choosing to not be succeeded by a direct heir, in order to abdicate power to the Northern Court and end the lengthy Nanbokuchô period of conflict between competing imperial lineages.

He took the throne in 1383 and was forced to abdicate in 1392; Emperor Go-Komatsu, who was already reigning as emperor of the Northern Court, continued to rule after Go-Kameyama's abdication. However, Go-Kameyama set himself up in Yoshino once again in 1414, declaring the re-establishment of the Southern Court.[1]

Go-Kameyama died in 1424. Southern Court supporters continued to fight through the 1420s-1440s, and the "revived" Southern Court only finally quieted down completely in the 1460s.[1]

Preceded by
Emperor Chôkei
Emperor of Japan
Succeeded by
Emperor Go-Komatsu


  • Luke Roberts, Performing the Great Peace, University of Hawaii Press (2012), 173-174.
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gregory Smits, Maritime Ryukyu, University of Hawaii Press (2019), 59.