Cover for Ryu Ga Gotoku: Kenzan!

龍が如く 見参 (Ryū ga Gotoku: Kenzan!trans. "Like a Dragon: Ascendancy!" ) is a video game for the Playstation 3 developed by Sega. It was released in March 2008 in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korean markets. At the time of writing, this game is the only one in the Ryū Ga Gotoku series not officially translated for the western audience. It was released between the releases of Yakuza 2 and Yakuza 3. It has not been localised into English, but the game can be played on US and PAL region Playstations, however, players will need to know some Japanese or be willing to learn some. This game has no trophies associated with it.

The game is a non-canonical spin-off from the main Ryū ga Gotoku series. It follows the fictionalised account of real life samurai Miyamoto Musashi in 17th century Kyoto (and surrounding areas). The game blends actual historical characters and occurrences with fiction and merges it with the character models of the other Yakuza games. For instance, the main character, Musashi, is based on the model of Kazuma Kiryu, the main character in Yakuza 1-3. The games' story and side missions play with the vague histories of Japanese culture, such as the invention of Kabuki theatre and the origins of various styles of martial arts. These tropes will be instantly recognisable to Japanese players, but to Western audiences, a quick look at a certain wiki encyclopedia will help describe the context.


Gameplay is largely centred around the sword fighting of the samurai with 227 different swords the player can acquire.

持ち物 Items
装備 Equipment
地図 Map
能力 確認 Check Abilities
手紙 Letters
達成 一覧 Completion Lists
人物 People
備忘録 Notebook
用語集 Glossary 
設定 Settings (Options)

Other gameplay areas


Ryuu Ga Gotoku promo image

The game retains many of the mini-games and distractions that the other Yakuza games offer such as:

  • Chinchirorin
  • Chouhan
  • Hanafuda
  • Mahjong
  • Shogi
  • Turtle Racing 競亀
  • Fighting Arena
  • Watermelon Slicing
  • Scarecrow Training (Kakashi Training)
  • Frog-back Shuriken Training (Jiraiya Training)
  • Horseback archery
  • Lust Waterfall Training
  • Kabuki performances
    Cardtable abc cards rggkenzan

    Obssessive Compulsives Iroha Karuta guide.

  • Theatre shows
  • Yuujo girls 遊女 - Romancing the working girls
  • Tousenkyou (Fan tossing)
  • Iroha Karuta いろは かるた (Japanese card game; a variant of Snap)
  • Konpira Funefune (Rhythm game)
  • Sake bottle toppling (10 pin bowling)

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