The Best "Japan Boardgame Prize🇯🇵" winners and nominees 2021

Looking for a good game that won or was nominated for the Japan Boardgame Prize? Then we have just the thing for you: A list with the best "Japan Boardgame Prize" winners and games that were on the nomination list.

What is the Japan Boardgame Prize?

The "Japan Boardgame Prize" is an award for dice, card & board games. The prize originates from 🇯🇵Japan, was established in 2002 and is chosen by a jury.

The Japan Board Game Prize is sponsored by U-more - an organization whose goal is to spread the culture of board games in Japan.

In 2008, U-More combined the previous four categories and did not nominate any games. Voters selected up to five favorites from a list of 154 titles sold in Japan from October 2007 to September 2008. For each voter, they added 5 points to the first favorite, 4 points to the second ... 1 point to the fifth. There are a total of 317 voters from 32 prefectures in cooperation with many boardgame circles and stores.

Japan Boardgame Prize Categories

The Japan Boardgame Prize award is given every year in the following categories:

  • The Best Foreign Game for Beginners - "its rule is relatively simple, and the playing time is short, so anyone can have fun immediately, regardless of their experience."
  • The best advanced game - "more advanced and can be played by those who are used to playing games".
  • The best Japanese game - "published in Japanese packaging".
  • The best children's game - "its illustration and components are designed for children, easy to play for children under nine, and quite entertaining for parents as well".

For more info, visit the official Japan Boardgame Prize homepage or the Wikipedia post of Japan Boardgame Prize.

Other game awards from around the world.

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List of best Japan Boardgame Prize winners & nominees 2021:

This list was last updated on April 3, 2021. We compared 295 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Codenames

    All details for the board game Codenames and similar games

    Nominated for 27 awards and won 15.

    Spiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Codenames
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!12€ atAmazon.de
  2. Codenames: Duet

    All details for the board game Codenames: Duet and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 4.

    More details for Codenames: Duet
    • Players2 - 99 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age11+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Duet

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Duet" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Duet" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  3. Kingdomino

    All details for the board game Kingdomino and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 7.

    Spiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Kingdomino
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    😕 Questionable price10€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Kingdomino

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kingdomino" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kingdomino" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  4. Terraforming Mars

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars and similar games

    Nominated for 26 awards and won 13.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Terraforming Mars
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Terraforming Mars" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Terraforming Mars" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  5. Love Letter

    All details for the board game Love Letter and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Love Letter
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  6. Dixit

    All details for the board game Dixit and similar games

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 9.

    Spiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Dixit
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!22€ atAmazon.de
  7. Skull

    All details for the board game Skull and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Skull
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!27€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Skull

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  8. Ticket to Ride: Europe

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride: Europe and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Ticket to Ride: Europe
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride: Europe

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride: Europe" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride: Europe" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  9. 7 Wonders

    All details for the board game 7 Wonders and similar games

    Nominated for 33 awards and won 19.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for 7 Wonders
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. Splendor

    All details for the board game Splendor and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 12.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Splendor
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Splendor

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Splendor" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Splendor" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  11. Las Vegas

    All details for the board game Las Vegas and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Las Vegas
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!70€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Las Vegas

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Las Vegas" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Las Vegas" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  12. Ticket to Ride

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 10.

    Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ticket to Ride
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  13. The Resistance

    All details for the board game The Resistance and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for The Resistance
    • Players5 - 10 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!18€ atAmazon.de
  14. King of Tokyo

    All details for the board game King of Tokyo and similar games

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 7.

    More details for King of Tokyo
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!32€ atAmazon.de
  15. Dominion: Intrigue

    All details for the board game Dominion: Intrigue and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for Dominion: Intrigue
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Karuba

    All details for the board game Karuba and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Karuba
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de
  17. Dominion

    All details for the board game Dominion and similar games

    Nominated for 32 awards and won 17.

    Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Dominion
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Pandemic

    All details for the board game Pandemic and similar games

    Nominated for 29 awards and won 8.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Pandemic
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Pandemic

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  19. Coloretto

    All details for the board game Coloretto and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Coloretto
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!7€ atAmazon.de
  20. 6 nimmt!

    All details for the board game 6 nimmt! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    More details for 6 nimmt!
    • Players2 - 10 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!5€ atAmazon.de
  21. Mysterium

    All details for the board game Mysterium and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

    More details for Mysterium
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime42 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  22. ICECOOL

    All details for the board game ICECOOL and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for ICECOOL
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!16€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for ICECOOL

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "ICECOOL" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "ICECOOL" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  23. Diamant

    All details for the board game Diamant and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Diamant
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!35€ atAmazon.de
  24. Loony Quest

    All details for the board game Loony Quest and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Loony Quest
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Loony Quest

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Loony Quest" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Loony Quest" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  25. Animal Upon Animal

    All details for the board game Animal Upon Animal and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Animal Upon Animal
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age4+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  26. Stone Age

    All details for the board game Stone Age and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2008

    More details for Stone Age
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Stone Age

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Stone Age" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Stone Age" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  27. Puerto Rico

    All details for the board game Puerto Rico and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 7.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2002

    More details for Puerto Rico
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  28. Galaxy Trucker

    All details for the board game Galaxy Trucker and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Galaxy Trucker
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. Race for the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Race for the Galaxy and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    More details for Race for the Galaxy
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de
  30. Modern Art

    All details for the board game Modern Art and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Modern Art
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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