Bitoku is a beautifully themed hand-management and engine-building game where players embody Bitoku spirits, aiming to ascend as the next great spirit of the forest. The game is set in an enchanting forest, filled with yōkai, kodamas, and pilgrims, each playing a crucial role in the spirits' journey towards transcendence.

Gameplay Overview

  • Roles of Bitoku Spirits: Players assume the roles of forest spirits on their path to becoming the forest's guiding spirit.
  • Strategic Hand Management: Utilize yōkai cards effectively for maximum benefits and to build powerful combinations.
  • Engine-Building Mechanics: Develop a unique set of actions and strategies by acquiring new yōkai cards and expanding options.

Special Features

  • Yōkai Guardians: Players have three yōkai guardians (dice) that can be sent to various forest regions to unlock new actions and resources.
  • Multiple Paths to Victory: Offers diverse strategies through building structures, collecting soul crystals, and aiding the mitamas.
  • Pilgrim Management: Manage pilgrims in your personal domain for additional strategic layers and benefits.


Bitoku presents a rich and immersive experience, blending strategic depth with a mystical theme. It's perfect for players who enjoy complex hand-management and engine-building games with a strong narrative element. The variety of actions and paths to victory, coupled with the engaging theme of guiding spirits and mystical creatures, makes Bitoku a captivating and replayable game for those seeking a deep and thematic gaming experience.

Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

  • 1 - 4 Players
  • 120 Minutes
  • 12+ years old
  • Hard to learn

We like Bitoku so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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