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Honshu is a map building card game set in feudal Japan. Players are lords and ladies of Noble houses seeking new lands and opportunities for fame and fortune.

Honshu is played in rounds, with each round is divided into two phases. During the first phase, Map cards are revealed and the player who played the highest value card gets to pick first from those played. In phase two, the players use their chosen Map card to expand their personal maps. Each player must expand their personal maps to maximize their scoring possibilities. After 12 rounds, players will score points for lakes, forests, residential areas, and production of goods within their city.

Manipulating your position in the player order is crucial for mastering Honshu.

"Honshu is my pick for game of the year: All the fun of a city builder packed into a tidy little card game."
– Nicole Hoye, Daily Worker Placement

"You see Honshu, pictured above? You’re looking at one of the most desirable boxes on the planet." –  Quinns, Shut up & Sit Down


Number of Players: 2-5
For Ages: 8+
Playing Time: 30 minutes
MSRP: $25.00

Nippon Series


  • 40 Wooden Resource Cubes

  • 6 Start Province Cards

  • 60 Map Cards

  • 8 Game End Scoring Cards

  • 5 Player Order Cards

  • 5 Scoring Summary Cards

  • 1 Score Pad

  • 1 Rulebook

Read the rulebook here!


Kalle Malmioja


Ossi Hiekkala & Jere Kasanen

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Honshu is co-published with Lautapelit.fi.