When we went to Kobe from Tokyo-a 500 mile trip which is not as the crow flies but all around Robin Hood’s Barn -we took along a grill, two pans for heating water and for boiling uncanned food one frying pan, a coffee percolator and the necessary spoons, knives, etc. We were able to buy American canned coffee and a few vegetables so we stocked up well on these. Finding well stocked department stores with cheap but fairly well made goods, we took on other equipment. We bought two sleeping bags that I wish we had brought back with us, a toilet kit, a first aid kit, plenty of mosquito netting and two rain coats. These latter were a fine investment we found as we went further inland. The mountains held rain clouds and when it wasn’t raining there was a fine mist that was just about as wet.