Japan Travel Wishlist

I’ve been in Japan for almost 2 months now… with only 5 months left, I thought I should make a list of places I wanna go, things I wanna do, food I wanna eat. Not all of the items can be accomplished, but I figure I need some motivation to save time/some doughs for travelling =)

Right now, the list is short (since I’m writing this at 3am in the morning)… but I will keep this updated.

Note: The items on the lists are in no particular order.


  • Tokyo Disney Sea
  • Doraemon Museum
  • Hanami in Kyoto
  • Hanami in Tokyo/Kanagawa (ie. Uneo Park, Kanazawa Bunko, Mitsueke Park, Kamakura)
  • Yokohama Chinatown/Mirato Mirai+ Night View in the indoor spa place (Cup Noodle museum)
  • Shinjuku Korea Town,Golden Gai
  • Kamakura (鎌倉) 
  • Day trip in Odaiba (お台場)
  • Hiking in Kamakura, visit T-san again
  • Trip to Okinawa
  • See lavender in Hokkaido (Noboribetsu, Edo Wonderland, Onsens)
  • Himeji Castle 姫路城
  • Visit where the Emperor lives (Kyoto, Tokyo)
  • Sony Store in Ginza
  • Akihabara (Anime stuff, Music instruments, second hand items)
  • Museums (Edo, Tokyo National, Space, Train, Tabacco & Salt)
  • Karuizawa in Summer (Wiki tells me it’s sister city with Whistler)
  • Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails (Hike, explore, visit Shrines)
  • Shinbashi at Night (for cheap eats, etc)
  • Nakano/Ueno/Jiyugaoka
  • Old towns of Kawagoe, Shibamata in Tokyo
  • Koganezaki (clear waters and islands in summer)
  • Osaka
  1. Namba (難波)
  2. Otaroad (Similar to Akiba)
  • Hiroshima
  • Nagasaki (長崎)
  • 吉祥寺
  • 三重縣,廣島縣,鳥取縣 Nature trip during Golden Week
  • See all of Tokyo
  •  – 新宿東口、新宿西口、回憶橫町、池袋東口、池袋西口、澀谷、原宿、青山‧表參道、築地、吉祥寺、淺草、銀座、秋葉原、上野、六本木、惠比壽‧代官山、台場、橫濱港未來、元町‧中華街, 谷中老街, 有樂町高架鐵道…

To Do

  • Bike Trip in Wakayama (和歌山)
  • Feed deers in Todai-ji (東大寺) of Nara
  • Onsen in Hakone (箱根)
  • Crazy coasters at FujiKu
  • Hike Mt. Fuji
  • Design/make my own glasses in Eyeglasses Museum
  • Visit Tokyo Tower
  • Get to the top of Sky Tree (once it opens, stop by Akasaka Sacas)
  • Anpanman Museum
  • 三鷹の森 ジブリ美術館
  • Visit all 三景 Sankei in Japan
  1. Amanohashidate, Kyoto
  2. Matsushima, Miyagi
  3. Miyajima, Hiroshima (but the tori was being Repaired at the time)
  • Watch Hanabi (fireworks) in Sumida River and nightmarkets
  • Totori prefecture~ Recommended > Mie
  • Dressed ONCE in Yukata/Kimono
  • Shop till I drop in Ginza (drop by NihonBashi)
  • Stay up late enough on weekdays to see drunkies on train
  • A day trip to chill in Yoyogi Park of Harajuku (also Meiji Jingu), then window shop in Omodesando, Takeshita Dori
  • See Geisha in Gion, Kyoto
  • Chill in Shinjuku Gyoen, Happo-en in
  • Participate in 博多祇園山笠, a festival held in July @ Fukuoka
  • Kyoto Gion Matsuri
  • Osaka tenjin matsuri
  • Tokyo Sanno Matsuri
  • Shop in an outlet mall (there’s one close by in Kanazawa Hakkei)
  • Rock climbing in EnoShima
  • Eat /stroll in Tsukiji (築地)
  • Challenge for a good shot of Shibuya Crossing
  • See babies cry in Nakizumo festival @ Asakusa (fourth Sunday in April every year between 12.30 p.m. and 3 p.m. )
  • Paint an eye for Daruma doll
  • Head to Heian Jingu in Kyoto on June 1 or 2 to watch Takigi Noh performances
  • Sendai Tanabata Matsuri from August 6-8
  • Hike on Mt. Takao
  • Mandarake Complex: Sotokanda 3-11-12, Chiyoda-ku, +81 (0) 3 3252 7007, noon-8 p.m.
  • Go to a Comic cafe
  • See Godzilla in Hibiya Park
  • Festivals-Kanda-matsuri in Kanda, Sanno-matsuri in Nagata-cho, and Fukagawa-matsuri in Tomioka, Koto-ku
  • Stay in a Capsule hotel
  • Buy a pair of Evisu jeans


  • Any All You Can Eat in general
  • Fugu Sashimi (any weird fish)
  • Try the Miracle Fruit
  • Ultra fresh sushi
  • the best Unagi don in this world
  • the best Ramen in this world
  • Taishoken Ramen in Ikebukuro
  • Matcha desserts
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Takoyaki and お好み焼き at Osaka
  • Japanese styled Omelette rice
  • Curry (Japanese style of course)
  • Yaki Tori
  • Yaki Niku
  • Kaiseki ryoli (If tofu Kaiseki counts?)
  • Navy Burger in Yokosuka

Let’s see how many can be crossed off by the end of August.


6 thoughts on “Japan Travel Wishlist

  1. only people dying are making list of things they want to do, eat and go… are you dying?

    and how will you determine which ramen (or unagi don) is the best? You wont know unless you try every single ramen place in the world…

    • I think it’d be too late for dying people to make a list of what they wanna do. In fact, i think I’ve made this list too late… should’ve done it before I departed. It’s like planning an itinerary/todo list for a trip, except my trip will (still have) 5 months long.

      I don’t think it’s possible for me to accomplish of all these, in my short 5months stay in Japan, sadly T_T
      So for the best ramen/unagi don, they would have to be my life-long goals 😀
      Another “impossible” one would be to go to Hokkaido… since my mom will never let me because of the earthquake… I don’t even think I’d have time to go to Okinawaaaaa. Damn I wish I stay here for a year… so I get to experience Autumn as well.

  2. ~iv says:

    WOW… such a long list… the first thing that catches my eye… “gasp! there’s a doraemon museum???!!!”… what is a disney sea? love disney stuff =P and obviously the long list of food names which i dont understand half of them… food!!! LOL only 5 months left… so sad… but of course we will be happy you are back… cant wait to hear about all your adventures… which are probably all on your blog anyways though ~haha when are you back again? Aug right? what day?

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