Muromachi Period Timeline

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  • 1246 - 1259
    Reign of Japan's Emperor Go-Fukakusa.
  • 1259 - 1274
    Reign of Japan's Emperor Kameyama.
  • 1318 - 1339
    Go-Daigo reigns as emperor of Japan.
  • 1333 - 1573
  • 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.
  • 1333
    The position of deputy shogun (kanrei) is created in Japan.
  • 1336
    Ashikaga Takauji captures Heiankyo (Kyoto).
  • Jul 1336
    Ashikaga Takauji defeats Emperor Go-Daigo's chief ally Yoshisada at the battle of Minatogawa near Kobe.
  • 1337 - 1392
    Japan has two competing emperors: the 'Northern and Southern Courts.
  • 1338
    Ashikaga Takauji becomes the new shogun in Japan, it is the beginning of the Ashikaga (Muromachi) Shogunate.
  • 1338 - 1573
    The Ashikaga (Muromachi) Shogunate rules Japan.
  • 1338 - 1358
    Ashikaga Takauji rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1350 - 1352
    Japan's shogun Ashikaga Takauji battles his brother Tadayoshi.
  • 1359 - 1368
    Ashikaga Yoshiakira rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1368 - c. 1394
    Ashikaga Yoshimitsu rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1395 - 1423
    Ashikaga Yoshimochi rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1397
    The Kinkakuji or 'Golden Pavilion' is built in Heiankyo (Kyoto) by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.
  • 1401
    Japan joins the tribute system of China's Ming Dynasty.
  • 1420 - 1506
    Life of the celebrated Zen priest and artist Sesshu (real name Toyo)
  • 1423 - 1425
    Ashikaga Yoshikazu rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1429 - 1441
    Ashikaga Yoshinori rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1442 - 1443
    Ashikaga Yoshikatsu rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1449 - 1474
    Ashikaga Yoshimasa rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1460 - 1483
    Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) is built in Heiankyo (Kytoto) Japan by Ashikaga Yoshimasa.
  • 1467 - 1477
    The Onin War between rival warlords rages in Japan.
  • 1467 - 1568
  • 1473
    Ryoanji in Heiankyo (Kyoto) becomes a Zen Buddhism temple.
  • 1474 - 1489
    Ashikaga Yoshihisa rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1490 - 1493
    Ashikaga Yoshitane rules in his first spell as shogun of Japan.
  • 1494 - 1508
    Ashikaga Yoshizumi rules as shogun in Japan.
  • c. 1500
    The famous Zen rock garden at Ryoanji temple in Heiankyo (Kyoto) is laid out.
  • 1508 - 1521
    Ashikaga Yoshitane rules in his second spell as shogun of Japan.
  • 1521 - 1546
    Ashikaga Yoshiharu rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1543
    The first European contact is made with Japan when three Portuguese traders have their ship blown onto the shores of southern Kyushu.
  • 1546 - 1565
    Ashikaga Yoshiteru rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1568 - 1582
    Oda Nobunaga seizes Heiankyo (Kyoto) and is the dominant military leader in central Japan.
  • 1568
    Ashikaga Yoshihide rules as shogun in Japan.
  • 1568 - 1588
    Ashikaga Yoshiaki rules as shogun in Japan (but is exiled by Oda Nobunaga from 1573 CE).
  • 1573
    Oda Nobunaga exiles the last Ashikaga shogun, Yoshiaki.