The War Coast
Unique UnitsYabusame
Flaming Arrow
Exclusive BuildingsShrine
Home CityEdo
Starting unit2 Ikko-Ikki Monk

Human habitation on the Japanese islands began some 10,000 years ago, with a strong, central government in force by the eighth century CE. The nation with the world's second biggest economy has a rich cultural history. It produced what is considered to be the world's first novel, Genji Monogatari, in the eleventh century.

Japan's feudal era was ruled by the bushi-the aristocratic warrior classes that included the samurai-who controlled even the emperor. Social order in this period was enforced by powerful shogun (generals) and daimyo (lords). The Tokugawa shogunate established a balance of power that maintained stability for over 250 years.

The Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties Japan campaign follows events during the transition between the Toyotomi Dynasty and the Tokugawa shogunate.


Civilizations from The Asian Dynasties
  • Starts with two Ikko-Ikki Monk units instead of an Explorer.
  • Daimyo units enhance nearby troops, provide mobile troop training, and can act as Home City Shipment centers.
  • Shrines produce a trickle of resources (enhanced when built near animals or livestock).
  • Animals and livestock cannot be harvested as Food.

Unique unitsEdit

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A Japanese settlement

  • The Yabusame is an elite Japanese light cavalry unit that is very powerful due to its long range and the bonus damage it inflicts on siege units. Yabusame is the ancient art of archery, or Kyudo, while riding on horseback. "Kyudo" is Japanese for "Way of the Bow."
  • The Samurai is a Japanese swordsman that is fast, has many hitpoints, and causes heavy splash damage to all units in an area. The samurai were members of the Japanese warrior aristocracy who embodied the bushido code; they rose to power during the rival clan wars of the twelfth century. This bushido belief system - "the way of the warrior" - emphasized an unwavering loyalty to a master, the act of self-sacrifice, and an indifference to pain.
  • The Yumi is a Japanese archer unit with higher range, damage, and hitpoints than other archer units. The word "yumi" means either a long or short bow used in kyudo, the ancient Japanese art of archery. The traditional yumi stands at over 6 feet fall, often dwarfing the archer, and is made from laminated bamboo, wood, and animal hide, in a process that is still the same today as it was two thousand years ago.
  • The Daimyo is a Japanese military unit that boasts several special abilities it can use in battle. Daimyo were the great feudal landowners of Japan. Unlike the kuge, or court noblemen, the daimyo were lords of territory and local citizenry, and as such held great power. By the twelfth century the influence of certain daimyo rivaled even the power of the emperor.
  • The Morutaru, or Japanese Mortar, is a powerful Japanese siege weapon similar that can only be used against buildings and ships, but is highly effective. In the late sixteenth century, when armies of Japan returned from their military campaigns on the Korean peninsula, they brought with them many lessons in siege acquired from their sophisticated Korean enemy.
  • The Naginata Rider is a mounted warrior that wields the deadly naginata blade with great effect against archers and skirmishers. The naginata is an ancient Japanese weapon that was used widely during Japan's feudal period. It is often compared to the European halberd, or pike, and is little more than a 1-2 foot curved sword blade fastened to the end of a long oak handle. Naginata-jutsu is the art of wielding the naginata, a practice that is still studied today.
  • The Ashigaru is a Japanese musketeer that is more expensive than a normal musketeer but causes slightly more damage and has more hitpoints. During the Heian Period (794-1185 CE), the creation and training of armies rested in the hands of powerful local lords. The ashigaru, which means "light-foot" or lightly armored, were the lowest class of warriors, commoners who were paid a stipend to enlarge a lord's local army.
  • The Flaming Arrow is a light Japanese cannon that wreaks havoc on enemy infantry and siege units, as well as buildings. The weapon was exactly what its name suggests, a barbed projectile fired, in most cases, from a European cannon, as the Japanese had not developed effective artillery of their own. Each arrow was wrapped with a flammable covering and ignited.


Japanese Consulate Allies:

Strong native alliance:


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Japanese wonder, Torri Gates

  • Toshogu Shrine
  • Great Buddha
  • Golden Pavilion
  • The Shogunate
  • Torii Gates

External linksEdit

Japan - Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties