Emperor Ninko

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  • Born: 1800
  • Died: 1846
  • Reign: 1817-1846
  • Japanese: 仁孝天皇 (Ninkou tennou)

Emperor Ninkô was an emperor of the late Edo period.

He took the throne in 1817 following the abdication of his father, Emperor Kôkaku.

Ninkô abdicated the throne in 1846, and was succeeded by one of his sons by the imperial consort Ôgimachi Naoko, who then became Emperor Kômei. Ninkô died later that same year.

One of Ninkô's daughters, Kazu-no-Miya, married Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi in 1862 in the most prominent act of the attempted kôbu gattai policy (an attempt to save the shogunate by strengthening its ties with the Imperial family).

Preceded by
Emperor Kôkaku
Emperor of Japan
Succeeded by
Emperor Kômei


  • Evelyn Rawski, Early Modern China and Northeast Asia: Cross-Border Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2015), 157.