Japan Travel Wishlist

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


  • Day trip to Nikko
  • Weekend trip to Izu/Atami
  • 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)- see Gundam, Onsen, Teleport, MiraiKan!
  • Hiking in Kamakura, visit T-san again
  • Trip to Okinawa
  • See lavender in Hokkaido (Noboribetsu, Edo Wonderland, Onsens) and sun flowers in summer * Hiking
  • Take sleeper train/ferry to Hokkaido
  • Buy Youth18 train tickets (5 days, plan trip!!)*
  • Hiking around Kanto area (day trips)
  • 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 (totori)Nature trip during Golden Week(To Kyushu)
  • 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

  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) Go again to try whale meat/ tamagoyaki
  • 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 http://www18.ocn.ne.jp/~pesca/
  • Ultra fresh jumbo sushi at Miurakaigan
  • the best Unagi don in this world
  • the best Ramen in this world (cross this out because i’m tired of Ramen)
  • 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)
  • Tamagoyaki
  • 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.


3 thoughts on “Japan Travel Wishlist

    • I could have crossed off a bunch more, but I still got a lot of work left to do… so I couldn’t take holidays off (right now most people in my office have a week of unofficial holiday called Obon) TT_TT i would have gone to Hokkaido otherwise!!

      But I’m still satisfied 😀 a positive way to think about it is I’m saving some doughs to shop instead…. plus I can also come back to travel again. Only thing is… some items on my wishlist can only be easily fulfilled when I’m living here. So once the chance is gone, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll hav that opportunity again in the future.

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