We gathered several of our favorite Asian-inspired tabletop games that are influenced by Japanese, Chinese, and Korean folklore and culture. Feel free to subtly send this page to your friends and family members! Don’t forget to sign up for FREE SHIPPING on Amazon!
Tokaido is an interesting little game. You start in Kyoto and make your way to Edo by way of the East Sea Road. The game progresses by picking up souvenirs and meeting fellow travelers. It’s less about defeating your enemy and more about enjoying your journey. Great for people who are looking for a relaxing trip with a friend. Read more about Tokaido in Zeke's Game Revue. Players: 2-5 • Ages: 8+ • Playtime ~45 minutesOrder on Amazon
Yashima is a fast-paced combat game that combines the speed and complexity of card games with the tactical movement and terrain found in miniature games. With various styles of play, you can compete in a two-player duel, team-based combat, or a free-for-all showdown! The game comes with highly-detailed miniatures and was funded via Kickstarter! Players: 2-5 • Ages: 14+ • Playtime ~90 minutesOrder on Amazon
In Takenoko, the Japanese Emperor has entrusted the players with the difficult task of caring for the panda given to him by the Chinese Emperor by tending to his bamboo garden. The players will cultivate land plots, irrigate them, and grow one of the three species of bamboo (Green, Yellow, and Pink). Players: 2-4 • Ages: 8+ • Playtime ~45 minutesOrder on Amazon
In this fast paced card game, the goal is to grab the best combo of sushi dishes before they run out, all while rotating cards every hand. Score points for different combinations depicted on the adorably drawn cards, and become the sushi master with the most points after 3 rounds! The game is quick to learn and something the whole family can enjoy! Players: 2-5 • Ages: 8+ • Playtime ~20 minutesOrder on Amazon
This game is perfect to start off a game night with a few friends. The rules are simple, the setup is easy, and a game only takes around thirty minutes to complete. The deceptively simple gameplay, which sees you as a mayor attempting to build a great city before your opponents, hides many strategies and can be made or broken by a throw of the dice. A great game to get people in the boardgame mood. Players: 2-4 • Ages: 9+ • Playtime ~30 minutesOrder on Amazon
Go is a classic strategy game that’s been played for centuries. It seems easy to learn, and it really is fairly simple, but the strategies involved are deep enough to keep you engaged for years to come. An excellent game to pick up and exercise your brain against a tough opponent. Read more about Go in Zeke's Game Revue. Players: 2 • Ages: 8+ • Playtime ~90 minutesOrder On Amazon
Typically played with tiles, Mahjong is one of several games brought to Japan from China several centuries ago. Like most such games, Japan applied its own spin on the game. If you have ever played Rummy, Mahjong will be familiar ground. Building a hand and going out before your opponent is integral to winning. It’s not the easiest game to learn, but is extremely satisfying to win. The first time you get to yell “ron!” and you see your opponent's face fall in defeat is glorious. Read more about Mahjong in Zeke's Game Revue. Players: 3-4 • Ages: 8+ • Playtime ~120 minutesOrder on Amazon
Shogi is a quintessentially Japanese game. Very similar to western chess, it has a few rules that make it an interesting board game. Unique movement patterns, promotable units, and capturable pieces make every game of Shogi a challenging test of strategy. Read more about Shogi in Zeke's Game Revue. Players: 2 • Ages: 8+ • Playtime ~60 minutesOrder on Amazon
Hanafuda cards originated in the beginning of 18th-century Japan. Also known as flower cards, the deck consists of forty-eight cards divided into twelve suits of four cards each. Each suit represents one of the twelve months of the year or individual plants (or flowers). Various games can be played with this deck of cards, including Koi-koi ("Come On") and Hachi-Hachi (Eighty-eight). Players: 2-7 • Ages: 8+ • Playtime ~60 minutesOrder on Amazon
In the exciting game, you play as mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens—all of whom are destroying Tokyo and whacking each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo! Players: 2-6 • Ages: 8+ • Playtime ~30 minutesOrder on Amazon
In Tsuro, your token moves along a beautifully designed board based on paths outlined by the cards you draw. The goal is to keep your token on the board longer than anyone else's. This game is extremely quick to learn and to play. Players: 2-8 • Ages: 8+ • Playtime ~15 minutesOrder on Amazon
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