A set of red gates on a trail overlooking a city view.

Rankings l Trip Planner

A red temple peeking out of a lush forest of green trees.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto. (Photo by my sister, Kat.)

Planning a Trip

A Japanese street with traditional buildings.
A quiet alley in Kyoto. (Photo by my friend, Nami Sumida.)


A woman holding chopsticks with little plates of foot in front of her.
Enjoying a kaiseki at a ryokan.

Cost Breakdown

A fox statue with a red bib carrying a scroll in its mouth.
Fox at Fushimi Inari

Japanese Etiquette

A view of an empty temple surrounded by trees.
Kousanji Temple on the Shimanami Kaido

September Guide

A couple standing in front of a wall with colorful barrels with Japanese writings.
Meiji Jingu sake barrels during the winter.

December Guide

🏆 Experience Rankings

Here are my ranked experiences for Japan. Learn how I rate experiences.

#ExperienceLocationOverall Rating
1👘 RyokanKyoto8.3
2🌋 Mt. Fuji Sunrise HikeYamanashi7.6
3⛩ī¸ Fushimi Inari TaishaKyoto7.5
4🚲 Shimanami Kaido CyclingHiroshima7.5
5đŸŖ Nishiki MarketKyoto7.4
6🎋 Arashiyama ParkKyoto7.3
7🕹ī¸ AkihabaraTokyo6.8
8🌱 Shinjuku Gyoen National GardenTokyo6.7
9đŸŖ Kuromon Ichiba MarketOsaka6.6
10🐠 Osaka Aquarium KaiyukanOsaka6.5
11🏮 AsakusaTokyo6.2
12🚂 Sagano Romantic TrainKyoto6.1
13🛍ī¸ Ginza ShoppingTokyo6.0
14đŸšļđŸģ‍♀ī¸ Philosopher’s PathKyoto5.9
15đŸšĻ Shibuya ScrambleTokyo5.8
Overall Rating is calculated using Lukiih’s rating system.

🗓ī¸ 2024 Trip Planner

To make your travel preparation easier, download the trip planner below. It has destination-specific travel information, itinerary, map, and packing list.

My trip planners are built on Notion, which I use for all my travel planning. I genuinely love this tool and creating an account is free.

Three Notion template screenshots are shown: travel information, itinerary, and map + packing list templates.
Preview of Japan trip planner for 2024.