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A long time ago at the Japanese Imperial court, the Chinese Emperor offered a giant panda bear as a symbol of peace to the Japanese Emperor. Since then, the Japanese Emperor has entrusted his court members (the players) with the difficult task of caring for the animal by tending to his bamboo garden.

In Takenoko, the players will cultivate land plots, irrigate them, and grow one of the three species of bamboo (Green, Yellow, and Pink) with the help of the Imperial gardener to maintain this bamboo garden. They will have to bear with the immoderate hunger of this sacred animal for the juicy and tender bamboo.

The player who manages his land plots best, growing the most bamboo while feeding the delicate appetite of the panda, will win the game.


2013 Games Magazine Best New Family Game Winner
2012 JoTa Best Family Board Game Nominee
2012 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Winner
2012 Golden Geek Best Children’s Board Game Nominee
2012 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
2011/2012 Boardgames Australia Awards Best International Game Nominee

4 in stock



Inside the Box:

  • 28 Plots
  • 36 Green Bamboo sections
  • 30 Yellow Bamboo sections
  • 24 Pink Bamboo sections
  • 20 Irrigation channels
  • 9 Improvements
  • 46 “Objective” cards
  • 4 Individual boards
  • 8 Action chips
  • 1 Weather die
  • 1 Panda
  • 1 Gardener
  • 1 Rule Booklet