What to bring. Guided small group day heritage hiking tour from Tokyo or Yokohama.
All seasons: sturdy, comfortable shoes or boots with good grip.
Winter (we may encounter snow): warm jacket, wollen hat, gloves, rain parker (or umbrellas provided).
Summer: sun hat, sun glasses, sun block, rain parker (or umbrellas provided), water bottle.
Spring and Autumn – either winter or summer gear as above depending on weather of the day.
What NOT to bring: your big luggage. Japan has an amazing courier system. Arrange via the Yamato courier station closest to your Tokyo/Yokohama hotel to have your big luggage couriered directly to your accommodation in Shizuoka Prefecture. Provided you meet Yamato’s drop-off deadline it should be delivered next day. Be sure to bring a change of clothes for your night in Shizuoka Prefecture before your luggage arrives from Tokyo the following day. Or you can ask your Tokyo/Yokohama hotel to arrange the courier, but unfortunately this will likely add an extra day until delivery. Courier fees are not included in tour fee.
Don’t worry – you won’t need to dress in traditional Tokaido walking garb. In feudal times Tokaido walkers only wore light straw sandals, even in the deep snow! Actually, these straw sandals have excellent grip in snow so are a kind-of pre-European snow shoes. We can see some from feudal times at our tea stop at Amazake Chaya.