Kamakura Period Timeline

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  • 1180 - 1185
    The Genpei War in Japan between the Taira and Minamoto clans.
  • 1183 - 1198
    Emperor Go-Toba reigns in Japan.
  • 1183 - 1198
    Reign of Japan's Emperor Go-Toba.
  • 1185
    Battle of Dannoura where the Minamoto defeat the rival Taira. The young emperor Antoku drowns.
  • 1185 - 1333
  • 1191
    The Shinto Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine is moved from Yuinogo to Kamakura, Japan by Minamoto no Yoritomo.
  • 1192 - 1333
    The Kamakura Shogunate rules Japan.
  • 1192 - 1199
    Minamoto no Yoritomo is shogun in Japan.
  • 1195
    The Todaiji temple at Nara, Japan, is restored by the Minamoto clan.
  • 1202 - 1203
    Minamoto no Yorie is shogun of Japan.
  • 1203 - 1219
    Minamoto no Sanetomo is shogun of Japan.
  • 1203 - 1205
    Hojo Tokimasa acts as regent to Japan's shogun, the first of 16 such regents
  • c. 1218
    The Tale of the Heike (Heike monogatari) is first published in Japan.
  • 1219
    Hojo Masako and Hojo Tokimasa take over as regents for the Japanese shogun, thus permanently transferring power from the Minamoto to Hojo clans.
  • 1221
    The Jokyu Disturbance - Japan's emperor Go-Toba launches a failed coup against the Kamakura Shogunate.
  • 1225
    The position of vice-regent to the shogun (rensho) is created in Japan.
  • 1232
    A new law code, the Joei Code (Joei shikimoku), is established in Japan.
  • 1249
    A High Court, the Hikitsukeshu, is formed in Japan.
  • 1249 - 1253
    The Kenchoji Zen Buddhism monastery is built in Kamakura, Japan.
  • 1252
    The Kotokuin Temple with its massive bronze statue of Buddha is built at Kamakura, Japan.
  • 1274
    The first invasion of Japan by the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan fails.
  • 1281
    The second invasion of Japan by the Mongol ruler/Yuan dynasty emperor Kublai Khan fails.
  • 1283
    The Engakuji Zen Buddhist monastery is established at Kamakura, Japan by Hojo Tokimune.
  • 1318 - 1339
    Go-Daigo reigns as emperor of Japan.
  • 1327 - 1333
    Hojo Moritoki reigns as shogun in Japan, the last of the Kamakura Shogunate.
  • c. 1333
    Nitta Yoshisada attacks and destroys Kamakura, capital of Japan's Kamakura Shogunate.
  • 1333 - 1336
    The Kemmu Restoration when the Japanese emperor Go-Daigo uses rebel warlords to oust the Kamakura Shogunate.
  • 1338
    Ashikaga Takauji becomes the new shogun in Japan, it is the beginning of the Ashikaga (Muromachi) Shogunate.