Hobonichi Planner Cover Design

Over the summer and autumn, PingMag has been on a search. Starting with an interview with Shigesato Itoi and then the curious connections with the video game EarthBound, we’ve been hunting for why it is that in this All-Digital era there are still thousands of people who love to use a physical Hobonichi Planner to write in and organize their lives. Well, there’s no simple answer to its appeal.

But there is at least one thing we can confidently state as a major reason for its success, and that’s the wealth of Hobonichi Planner covers from which you can select the perfect design for you.

And so with this in mind, we wanted to showcase some of our personal favorites!

Simple is Best

We all know that in the end, simple and clean is the best. Well, if you are of this ilk, then you’ll want something plain, though this needn’t be boring, as these bold colors prove.

Colors Apple Green hobonichi-planner-cover-design-01

Colors Milky Blue hobonichi-planner-cover-design-02

Express Who You Are

A planner is something you take around with you everyday so choosing the design is also something that reflects your personality. And since the Hobonichi Planner is well-known for having a wide range of covers, you’re bound to find one that suits you.

Faux Fabric Vintage Flower hobonichi-planner-cover-design-03

Faux Fabric Tartan hobonichi-planner-cover-design-04

Zippers Leather: Champagne Gold hobonichi-planner-cover-design-05

Zippers Yard Work: Mustard Yellow hobonichi-planner-cover-design-06


Isn’t Mickey Mouse for kids? No, not true. Here are some Mickey and Minnie designs that are certainly for grown-ups.

Disney Vintage Mickey hobonichi-planner-cover-design-07(C) Disney NEUTRAL CORPORATION, Ltd.

hobonichi-planner-cover-design-08(C) Disney NEUTRAL CORPORATION, Ltd.

Disney Where’s Minnie? Red X White hobonichi-planner-cover-design-09

A Cover with your Favorite Brand

Hobonichi Planner has also collaborated with famous brands for some covers, making them must-have items for fans.

minä perhonen piece, hobonichi-planner-cover-design-10

minä perhonen skyful [yellow mix] hobonichi-planner-cover-design-11

North Face Field Pack Blue hobonichi-planner-cover-design-12

Famous Artists’ Work in Your Hands, Every Day

If your cover is the work of an individual artist then needless to say, it’s going to be more personal and conspicuous more than a regular generic design.

Ryoji Arai I’ll listen to you anytime, says the donkey. hobonichi-planner-cover-design-13

Taro Okamoto TARO: Construction hobonichi-planner-cover-design-14

Zippers by Kodue Hibino: Forest Bear hobonichi-planner-cover-design-15

Body, Soul, and Daily Planning: Do it all like a grown-up!

When adults carry a wallet or bag, more often than not it’s a leather one, and the same goes for their planner too. Leather says “grown-up” and the material even has that rare quality of getting better with age.

Leather Covers: Premium Tanned Cow Hide hobonichi-planner-cover-design-16

Leather Covers by Henry Cuir: VOLUME Chiaro hobonichi-planner-cover-design-17

Hobonichi Planner: Dark Brown hobonichi-planner-cover-design-18