Emperor Go-Nijo

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The mausoleum of Emperor Go-Nijô.
  • Born: 1285/2/2
  • Died: 1308/8/25
  • Reign: 1301-1308
  • Japanese: 後二条天皇 (go-nijou tennou)

Go-Nijô was an emperor of the Kamakura period. He was the eldest son of Emperor Go-Uda and Minamoto no Kishi (also known as Saikamon'in), but did not succeed his father directly. Due to a custom of the time of alternating the throne between two Imperial lineages, following Go-Uda's retirement in 1287, Emperors Fushimi and Go-Fushimi of the Jimyôin line ruled, before the throne returned to the Daikaku-ji line. Go-Nijô thus took the throne in 1301, while Go-Uda continued to rule as retired emperor.

The Daikaku-ji line fractured during Go-Nijô's reign, as two, and then three, separate claimants to the succession emerged. Go-Nijô then died in 1308, at age 23, and was succeeded by Emperor Hanazono.

Go-Nijô is buried at Kitashirakawa-no-misasagi in northeastern Kyoto.

Preceded by
Emperor Go-Fushimi
Emperor of Japan
Succeeded by
Emperor Hanazono


  • "Go-Nijô Tennô." Nihon jinmei daijiten 日本人名大辞典. Kodansha, 2009.