I’m in Love With a Planner: the Hobonichi Techo Planner


Desiring to start the year off organized, I eagerly purchased the Hobonichi Techo Planner. The Hobonichi Techo is a Japanese planner that has gained a worldwide fanbase since its creation in 2002. Some features I adore:

  • Portable A6 size
  • One day per page format
  • Graph paper design
  • Fountain pen friendly, bleed-resistant, strong wafer thin Tomoe River paper
  • Thoughtful array of beautiful accessories

What follows is a quick overview and first impressions of the planner and additional accessories I just couldn’t resist. Stay tuned for an in-depth review once I’ve had some quality time with this little lovely.


An adorable booklet that comes with the Hobonichi illustrating the many ways people use this versatile planner/diary/art journal.


Loving the portable size and texture. The cover is quite sturdy and the rounded corners help prevent bent edges.

Excited to have a collection of these all lined up in chronological order!

Printed edges allow for quick flipping to current month. Sundays are marked in red.


The thin Tomoe River paper allows a full page per day while still keeping the planner compact.

Hobonichi Techo Planner with pen clip and Lamy Safari fountain pen.

Pen clip accessory with my Lamy Safari fountain pen.

Pencil board you can slip in between pages to create a firmer writing surface. Also includes a ruler along one edge.

For some reason, perhaps its name, I had hoped that the pencil board would actually be a thin piece of wood. In reality its more like a thick piece of card-stock. Despite my initial disappointment, I’m finding the pencil board more useful than I anticipated.

You can also use the pencil board as a bookmark.

Three ribbon rivet bookmark.

How have I managed to miss these all this time? I’m an infamous dog-earer of page corners much to my husband’s horror. Book darts are kind of a cross between bookmarks and paperclips.

Book darts can be an awesome way to mark a specific line of text instead of highlighting or underlining. 


Book darts are wonderfully thin and unobtrusive.


Hobonichi planners come with exclusive extras each year. This year I received a refillable 3 color ballpoint pen (which was quickly snatched up by my husband to use as his new work pen) and the “meal decider” dice below. 


Welcome booklet that offers a brief history and quick guide to using your new planner.

The last two pages written by the Hobonichi Techo creator are especially meaningful to me.

Helpful video demonstrating how to use the Hobonichi HERE

Where to purchase:

US stockest - Jet Pens

Full range of planners and accessories (Japan) - Hobonichi Techo