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Tokaido Board Game
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- Point-to-point movement, set collection mechanic
- From the designer of 7 Wonders
- Gorgeous artwork and graphic design
- Easy to learn, but full of strategic choices
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It's all about the journey
Where will your travels take you?
-Journey along Japan’s East Sea Road with 1-4 additional travelers in search of discoveries and natural marvels
-Quest to become the most initiated traveler by experiencing all the road has to offer
-Devise a strategy and meet new people, taste fine meals, collect beautiful items, and visit temples and wild places during the course of your journey
From multiple award-winning game designer Antoine Bauza
-As featured on the hit series ‘Tabletop’
-Fantastic game for families, experienced gamers, and everyone in between
Easy to learn, difficult to master
-Fast and fun to play, with endless decisions and replayability
-For 2-5 players aged 8+
Top Customer Reviews
Konnichiwa gamers and would-be game owners. I've had my eye on Tokaido for a while and took an easy plunge with it, but haven't really gotten an opportunity to give it a good go until recently.
Tokaido is a beautifully illustrated and light boardgame about traveling across Japan's famous 33-stop journey from Kyoto to Edo. This is an essence a "race" game but a strangely counter-intuitive one as you want to cleverly reach key destinations before other players and score as many points by the end of the journey in order to win.
The game really exists with a minimum of 3 players, but dramatically increases in difficulty with each additional player as resources become more hotly contested. You'll be cutting each other off for panaromas by going to vista points, visiting shops to buy curios, even meeting strangers or donating money at the shrines. There are a variety of "characters" that play differently and thus require a tweak in your overall strategy, some who will naturally pit certain players against each other with their natural advantages (the Magistrate and the Entertainer for example benefit from Encounters).
Without delving into the rules, I'll jump into the skinny of the game.
This was the driving force behind buying the game. It has gorgeous and whimsical art, simple layout and well thought-out keys across the main board. The pieces are classic wooden "meeples" and all the cards are crisp and printed cleanly.Read more ›
Relying not on cutthroat competitive mechanics, it instead rewards those with patience and calm. This was a key element of the game for me, which really made it stand out from others in the genre. Having a multitude of different characters to choose from (albeit semi-random) increases replayability and experimentation with the various "perks" each character comes with. The rules are fairly straightforward, however since the concept is not a "race to the finish", it can be confusing for new, inexperienced gamers at first. But trust me, after one game under your belt, the rest will be a breeze.
The designers did a great job of balancing the mid-game with the end-game. As the saying goes, "it's not over 'til the fat sumo sings" (is that how it goes??), because you don't always have a clear winner until the final points are tallied.
It's pretty rare for board games to be praised for artwork, but this game is gorgeous to look at! The colors are bright, yet not overly saturated to make your eyes bleed. It sticks close to the Japanese theme, even down to the physical coins which look like the old form of currency called "mon". All of the characters are stylized and unique. It's a treat to complete panoramic scenes, and even the food cards make you drool. Another piece of sushi, please!
Whether you're a hardcore gamer, or a casual player, this game is a ton of fun.Read more ›
This is a pretty good game and not too difficult to learn. It can be played 2 to 5 players. You travel the Tokaido road (ending at Edo) earning points along the way by stopping at villages to collect souvenirs, having encounters, donating to temples, earning coins, collecting panoramic photographs, and eating expensive meals at the Inns. Some events along the way can possibly help your traveler as well.
After playing my first 2 player game, I realized this game is amazing for what it is. For as simple as it appears, it has a lot of depth and a lot of choices to make along the way. The depth will increase in complexity with more players, because you need to carefully consider your choices based on your powers, what your opponents powers are, how much money you have, how many achievements you and your opponents have, etc. Amazing design! Someone thought this design out very well. You have to concentrate and stay focused or you'll lose your rear end, no doubt about it.
One very nice touch I really like about this game is the fact that you collect everything along the way (in the form of cards) which is essentially your score. So if there's any dispute about who won (or because someone might of made a mistake), you can literally count up your points right off the cards you collected.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a complicated yet simple (don't let it scare you) game. I changes many traditional moves in a fun and unique way. Very refreshing and always interesting. Read morePublished 11 days ago by ME Johnson
My friends and I called this "Tourism: the Board Game" which is basically accurate. You play as a traveler going across Japan accumulating experiences and souvenirs and... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Danielle Cregan
Quality of the material is medium grade, the cards are cardboard and very thin... I was expecting much more quality for this product!Published 18 days ago by Andres Cano
I love this game so much!!!!!!!!! It was really fun because there are so many little exciting elements to the game that make you enjoy the whole entire game. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fun light game with easy to learn rules and a fantastic theme. Good moods had all around even when you're losing. Beautifully art style.Published 27 days ago by Dakotah
Super fun, got it on a whim. I loved it. Buy it! Ooh but I'd recommend the box with the expansions included already though.Published 28 days ago by Candice
This game is amazing & so beautiful! I love that the goal isn't to reach the end as quickly as possible, but instead to have experiences in the various places. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sparky
This game is very simple and easy to play. I had a small game night the other day and all my friends loved this game. Even the first-timers enjoyed it without too much to learn. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Kat