Be transported to the ancient Tokugawa dynasty, and travel along one of the most famed and beautiful paths in all of Japan.

After a recent trip to Japan, I had a sudden urge to buy a game with a Japanese theme – and one of the most beautiful of that subset games is one called Tokaido. It’s a pretty straightforward point-collecting game, but it does look gorgeous, especially the deluxe edition (which includes characterful miniatures and metal coins). And two expansions, Crossroads (which comes with the deluxe set) and Matsuri, add more complexity to the experience.

Experienced gamers may find the game a bit basic, but like Ticket to Ride, it’s a great choice for bringing new gamers to the table, and worth getting out occasionally when you want to turn the brain off a bit and just enjoy the relaxed experience. Or, should I say… the journey.

Update Log

Date Version Changelog
Aug 2017 1.1 Fixed Variations: Preparations section
Jan 2017 1 Original release


  • Paul says:

    The ‘Preparations’ section under variations for the base game is lacking the example diagram from the manual, or a text version explaining it. Last to leave (first spot) receives +2 coins, next to last is +1, then original coin amount, while (in the case of 4 and 5 players) the final two spots and the first players to leave will receive 1 fewer coins. Thank you for all your wonderful guides!

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