In previous articles we've explored Chinese slots games, played the best European slots and even embarked upon a world tour of slots! It's time to pack our bags again as we head off the Land of the Rising Sun in search of the best Japanese slots games.
Overview: Launched in October 2019, Wild Chase: Tokyo Go is a blistering, fast paced slot Japanese slot set in Japan's capital city Tokyo. This game is themed around criminals fleeing the police. It's a cool game from developer Quickspin with slick graphics and a Japanese soundtrack.
This game is actually a blend of two previous Quickspin hits: Wild Chase and Wins of Fortune
Key to this game are the features Respin on Any Win and the Super Respin feature. In combination with a unique 3, 3, 4, 4, 5 reel layout that starts at 76 possible ways to win and increases whenever consecutive wins are hit. Get lucky and it all culminates in a chance to play the Super Respin feature with 259 ways to win!
Overview: Launched in August 2019, Yokozuna Clash is a stunning looking Japanese Sumo slot game from developer Yggdrasil. Taking inspiration from video games, Yokozuna Clash includes a fun and exciting Sumo wrestling tournament feature featuring animated fighters.
Head to downtown Tokyo to take part in a Sumo match. During the wrestling match you'll hopefully trigger profitable symbols including random wild and random multipliers.
At the start, Sumo wrestlers Riku and Haru face off and any time during regular gameplay, Riku can randomly add 1-2 Wild Symbols to the reels, while Haru will randomly add a 2x or 3x Multiplier to a spin.
Key to this game is the multi-round Free Spins Sumo tournament bonus feature triggered by landing 2 Free Spins Symbols anywhere on the reels 1 and 5.
In round one, your Sumo wrestler will face either Daisuke or O'Conner (chosen at random). Daisuke adds 1-3 Wilds to the reels when he attacks while O'Conner awards a random 2x-4x Multiplier to the current spin.
Once your opponent has been chosen, landing a winning line from left to right on the reels will make your Sumo attack his opponent and push him one step closer to the edge of the ring. Push your opponent out of the ring to progress to the final round. However, if you win from right to left, your opponent will push you one step back. Your free spins end when your fightr is pushed out of the ring.
If you can win the battle you will face the Yokozuna in the Boss battle. He will randomly add 2-4 Wild Symbols to the reels as well as awarding a random 2x-4x multiplier to your current spin. Defeat the Yokozuna to become champion and your total win is multiplied by 2x.
Note that you can still walk away with prize winnings even if you are defeated in these battles.
Brilliant graphics and engagig game play help make this a stand out slot from Yggdrasil.
Overview: We begin our look at Japanese themed slots games with an attractive looking game from Slotland. Trip to Japan is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot game based on the culture of Japan.
The games 5 reels depict a variety of colorful icons. You'll find Sushis and Samurai, lanterns depicting playing card symbols, an Origami figure, a tea ceremony kettle plus a Japanese lady with a fan.
Look out for the Double Wild symbol. Two golden Koi Carp feature on this symbol and they substitute for all other symbols plus they double your win when they form part of a winning combination.
The other symbol of note is the gold Bonus coin symbol. This scatter symbol is the key to triggering the free spins feature with increasing multipliers. When 3 Bonus scatter symbols appear just click on the Coin symbols to reveal how many Free Spins you win.
You can play Trip to Japan from as little as $0.20, up to a maximum bet of $8 per spin.Where to play Trip to Japan Slot? The Trip to Japan slot machine is exclusive to Slotland Casino and Winaday Casino. (Not suitable for U.K. players). USA and Canadian players welcome.
Overview: From developer WGS Technology comes a slot released way back in 2008. Cherry Blossoms is a 5 Reel, 25 payline slot that fans of WGS Technology will no doubt be familiar with.
This game has a simple theme based around iconic imagery of Cherry Blossom and a Japanese Geisha.
The game's 5 reels feature symbols depicting the Geisha, a Fan, Hand bell, a Temple, lanterns as well as playing card symbols. Land a winning combination and the Geisha is showered in cherry blossom. Overall the graphics are bright and simple, similar in style to most other WGS Technology games.
In terms of special symbols you get the typical combination of a Wild (Geisha) and a Scatter (Cherry Blossom). Geisha will substitute for all other symbols except the scatter. Best of all, she doubles the prize of any win she is part of.
You'll be hoping to bag free spins, of course, and the free spins in this game are activated when you land 3 or more of the Scatter Cherry Blossoms anywhere on the reels. The number of free spins you win will depend on how many cherry blossoms you hit with 3 cherry blossoms rewarding 15 free spins, 4 earning you 20 free spins and 5 rewarding you with 25 free spins.Where to play Cherry Blossoms Slot? You can play Cherry Blossoms slot game for free at Red Stag Casino and also Liberty Slots (USA players welcome. WGS Technology games are not suitable for U.K. or Canadian players).
Overview: Two things we associate with Japanese culture are Magna (comics) and Anime (cartons/animations) and Swedish developer Net Entertainment take inspiration from both with their fantastic looking Koi Princess slot game.
Koi Princess is a 5 reel slot with Wild symbol and a fairly unique random bonus feature.
The Koi Princess stands to the left of the game's 5 reels (Net Entertainment's artists have done a great job bringing her to life) where 20 paylines are waiting to be to wagered on.
Beautiful symbols depict playing card symbols, lucky charms, dragons and a Wild Wave.
Unusually there are 4 random features you can trigger. 3 Koi Carp can swim up from below the reels. Choose a carp and your random feature will be activated.
The 5 Hit: This feature give you a free spin and guarantees you a randomly chosen 5 symbol win on it.
Random Wild: You get a free spin and between 4 and 9 wild symbols added on to your reels randomly.
The Wild Reels: A free spin plus between 2 and 5 of the reels will turn into expanding wilds.
Bonus Activation: A Free Spin with up to 3x bonus symbols with one bonus randomly awarded.
Those 4 features are not all though. Landing 3 of the Dragon Scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 will let you spin a wheel to see which of 4 Bonus features you'll win:
Sure Win Free Spins: this feature gives you 10 free spins with wilds added at random to either reels 1, 2 or 3 during the first 5 spins. An extra wild is then added to reels 3, 4 or 5 for the last 5 spins.
Coin Win: Does exactly what it says on the tin - an instant random cash prize.
Bonus Wheel: The Bonus Wheel gives you the opportunity to win prizes. Roll the dice to move around the wheel through 12 different segments. This feature has the ability to trigger two of the free spin games, helping you win even more prize money. If you can reach the center of the bonus wheel you will win a minimum of 25 times your stake, or a maximum of a 1000 times your stake.
Wild Reels Free Spins Another 10 Free Spins for you. During the free spins between 1 and 5 of the reels become expanded Wilds and they change position and number on each free spin.
So with 8 different features there's plenty here to keep you engaged.
With bets starting at just 0.02 so this is a fantastic Japanese themed slot for players on a budget. You can choose to have a 'Bonus Bet' - the cost per spin is doubled, but so are your chances of activating one of the random features during the main game.
Overview: From developer Play N'Go, Matsuri is themed around a Japanese festival. This is a 5 reel, 25 payline game with wilds, free spins and a 'Kingyo Sukui' bonus round. You can bag wins by lining up the festival goers as well as Japanese cuisine including dumplings, tangy takoyaki and kakigori while gold fish and festival masks trigger special features.
As with other Play N' Go games, Matsuri is an impressive looking, mobile friendly video slot packed with animations and great music. The 5 reels are set against a Japanese landscape with fireworks lighting up the night sky.
To help you win there are paper lantern wilds that substitute for all ordinary symbols to help you comprise winning combinations on any of the 25 lines.
Landing 3 lucky Festival Masks on reels 1, 3, and 5 will trigger 8 free spins. Each additional mask that appears means a further 2 free spins. During the free spins games the lanterns magically expand covering an entire reel to help you achieve more winning combinations. On each subsequent spin, the lanterns move to cover the next reel to the left until they fade away.
When 3 goldfish surface on reels 2, 3 and 4, it's time to play Kingyo Sukui, a popular Japanese fish-scooping game. In his bonus feature you use the paper scooper to catch goldfish to win up to 500 times your total bet in bonus winnings. The bonus round ends when the paper scoop breaks.
Matsuri is a high volatility slot with a 96.00% RTP (Return to Player) and a 75,000 coin jackpot.
Overview: Our exploration of Japanese slots game continues with Quickspin's Sakura Fortune. Sakura is the Japanese term for ornamental cherry blossom trees and their blossoms and this beautiful slot game sees takes you into an enchanted world of blossom trees and mythical dragons, a beautiful heroine and evil Emperors.
Sakura Fortune is a 5 reel, 40 payline game featuring Sakura Fortune Respins, free spins and a mystery nudge feature plus an innovative Achievements Engine, which generates tasks for you to complete within the game in return for tokens. Tokens can then be cashed-in to gain access to game features.
The 5 reels appear against a blossom backdrop while beautiful music plays. The game symbols depict a Wild symbol princess with a sword, Bonus fan symbol, Emperors, Dragons and 4 coins.
The Bonus fan Scatter will appear in the main game only. 3 or more consecutive Bonus Scatter Symbols starting leftmost in the same spin initiate free spins. During the free spins any Princess Wilds landing on the reels will expand to cover the full reel and awards an additional free spin. The Princess Wild will remain for the duration of the Free Spins.
Hit 2 full stacks of the Princess wild symbols to trigger the respin feature. The number of respins you win relates to the number of wilds on the reels when triggered. Landing additional wilds grant more respins. The feature ends when there are no wilds on the reels
Sakura Fortune also features a mystery nudge feature. Any time you get 2 or more Princess wild symbols land there is a chance they nudge into a full stack which will then trigger the Sakura Fortune Respin feature.
If you're interested in more slots games set in other countries then check out our world tour of slots games and our selection of Chinese themed slots. See the links below.