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List of Japanese board games

This is a list of board games invented, developed, and/or with cultural significance in Japan.
Game name Year Origin Players Gameplay style Similar Games
Go (囲碁 igo) ? Traditional (originated in China) 2 Strategic territory and surrounding game
Love Letter 2012 Kanai Factory 2-4 Risk and deduction game Coup
Gomoku (五目並べ gomokunarabe) ? Traditional 2 Strategic abstract game played with Go pieces on a Renju board (15x15), goal to reach five in a row Renju, Four in a row, Irensei
Irensei (囲連星) ? Traditional 2 Strategic abstract game played with Go pieces on a Go board (19x19); unites elements of the game of Go with those of Gomoku Go, Gomoku
Jinsei Game (人生ゲーム jin-sei gēmu) 1967 Takara ? Japanese adaption of The Game of Life The Game of Life
(連珠) ? Traditional 2 Strategic five-in-a-row game with equal chances for both players Pente, Gomoku
Shadow Hunters (シャドウハンターズ shadō hantāzu) 2005 Game Republic 4-8 Supernatural themed, strategic, secret team play Bang!, Mafia
Riichi Mahjong (リーチ麻雀 Riichi Maajan) ? Traditional 4 Chinese Mahjong with Japanese rules Mahjong
Shogi and variants (将棋, generals' chess) Japanese chess ? Traditional 2 Played on a 9x9 board; can use captured pieces against opponent Chess
Sugoroku (双六) ? Traditional ? Race game, two variants Backgammon (variant), Snakes and Ladders (variant)
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