After establishing themselves in honshū, the Lords and ladies head North to hokkaidō. Beholding hokkaidō’s mountainous landscape, they see that expansion on this land will prove to be a greater challenge than before. Hokkaidō is the second map-building card Game in the Nippon series, bringing new ideas and mechanisms to the first design honshū. A Game of hokkaidō consists of 12 rounds, each divided into two separate phases. Each player must expand their personal map to maximize their scoring possibilities.