A grandson of Emperor Shirakawa and Fujiwara no Sanesue and son of Emperor Horikawa, he took the throne in 1107 upon his father's death. Fujiwara no Tadazane served as sesshô and then kanpaku (regent) for nearly the entirety of Toba's reign, until 1121.
He retired in 1123 in favor of his son by a different consort, Taikenmon-in, who then took the throne as Emperor Sutoku. In accordance with the Insei system established by his grandfather Shirakawa, however, Toba retained considerable political influence in his retirement.
He died in 1156.
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- Evelyn Rawski, Early Modern China and Northeast Asia: Cross-Border Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2015), 156.