Emperor Sanjo

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Emperor Sanjô was an emperor of the Heian period.

A son of Emperor Reizei, he was born in the Sanjô Palace and was raised there largely by his grandfather Fujiwara no Kaneie. He succeeded his first cousin Emperor Ichijô (a son of Emperor En'yû) upon Ichijô's retirement in 1011, being formally crowned on 1011/10/16.

Fujiwara no Michinaga served as kanpaku throughout Sanjô's reign.

Sanjô abdicated in favor of a son of Emperor Ichijô in 1016, who then took the throne as Emperor Go-Ichijô.

Preceded by
Emperor Ichijô
Emperor of Japan
Succeeded by
Emperor Go-Ichijô


  • Evelyn Rawski, Early Modern China and Northeast Asia: Cross-Border Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2015), 155.