(女流名人戦) This is the female-only equivalent of the Japanese Meijin title. Time control is 3 hours each. The winner's prize is JPY 7,000,000.
The format of final stages changed many times:
- 1st & 2nd editions: 8-player four round Swiss determined the winner.
- 3rd to 20th, 30th and 31st: 16-player double elimination tournament determined the challenger to the titleholder.
- 21st to 29th, 32nd to present: 7-player round robin league determines the challenger.
Sponsored by Fuji Evening Newspaper up to the 20th edition. From the 21st edition, the sponsor changed to Sankei newspaper. At the same time, for the first time in female event in Japan, league system (7-player) to decide the challenger was introduced. This is still the only female tournament in Japan using a league system.
After the 31st edition, the Sankei newspaper quit as the sponsor for financial reasons. The Nihon Ki-in managed to find a substitute sponsor, Kamachi Group, only at the cost of a recently created tournament, Hakata Kamachi Cup.
Winners and Runner-ups
The challenge match is best of three, usually contested in April.
|3rd||1991||Sugiuchi Kazuko||Aoki Kikuyo||2-1|
|4th||1992||Sugiuchi Kazuko||Aoki Kikuyo||2-0|
|5th||1993||Sugiuchi Kazuko||Aoki Kikuyo||2-0|
|6th||1994||Sugiuchi Kazuko||Ogawa Tomoko||2-1|
|7th||1995||Kato Tomoko||Sugiuchi Kazuko||2-0|
|8th||1996||Nishida Terumi||Kato Tomoko||2-1|
|9th||1997||Nishida Terumi||Ogawa Tomoko||2-0|
|10th||1998||Nishida Terumi||Ogawa Tomoko||2-0|
|11th||1999||Aoki Kikuyo||Nishida Terumi||2-0|
|12th||2000||Aoki Kikuyo||Kobayashi Izumi||2-0|
|13th||2001||Kobayashi Izumi||Aoki Kikuyo||2-0|
|14th||2002||Aoki Kikuyo||Kobayashi Izumi||2-0|
|15th||2003||Kobayashi Izumi||Aoki Kikuyo||2-0|
|16th||2004||Kobayashi Izumi||Inori Yoko||2-0|
|17th||2005||Koyama Terumi||Kobayashi Izumi||2-1|
|18th||2006||Aoki Kikuyo||Koyama Terumi||2-0|
|19th||2007||Kato Keiko||Aoki Kikuyo||2-1|
|20th||2008||Xie Yimin||Kato Keiko||2-0|
|21th||2009||Xie Yimin||Chinen Kaori||2-1|
|22th||2010||Xie Yimin||Mukai Chiaki||2-0|
|23th||2011||Xie Yimin||Mukai Chiaki||2-1|
|24th||2012||Xie Yimin||Mukai Chiaki||2-0|
|25th||2013||Xie Yimin||Okuda Aya||2-0|
|26th||2014||Xie Yimin||Kato Keiko||2-1|
|27th||2015||Xie Yimin||Suzuki Ayumi||2-0|
|28th||2016||Xie Yimin||Aoki Kikuyo||2-1|
|29th||2017||Fujisawa Rina||Xie Yimin||2-0|
|30th||2018||Fujisawa Rina||Yashiro Kumiko||2-0|
|31st||2019||Fujisawa Rina||Xie Yimin||2-1|
|32nd||2021||Fujisawa Rina||Ueno Asami||2-0|
|33rd||2022||Fujisawa Rina||Nakamura Sumire||2-0|
Old Women's Meijin
Previously there was another female tournament named Women's Meijin, sponsored by NTV television.
|1st||1973||Kobayashi Reiko||Ogawa Tomoko|
|2nd||1975||Kobayashi Reiko||Ito Tomoe|