Gear List – Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage

I walked the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage from October to November 2013. The first 3 weeks were unseasonable -hot, humid and wet with 3 typhoons. November was cool. This list reflects that time of the year, but doesn’t include the ‘Henro’ gear I bought at Temple 1, please click here to see that post.
Starting from the bottom up…
  • Shoes – I wore Salomon GTX XA Ultra 3D shoes (not boots) and really appreciated the fact they were waterproof as I walked in many rainy days for the first 3 weeks
  • Sandals – for the evenings and to give my feet a break – I wore TEVA Tirra sandals
  • Socks x 3 – combination of lightweight and midweight merino socks depending on the weather
  • Hiking pants – Kiwi Pro-Stretch Craghoppers – quick dry, lightweight, stretchy and comfortable
  • Shorts x 1, poly material, light, quickdry, zip pockets for money (I wouldn’t take these if I walked it again, I would just stick with the pants)
  • Knee brace – for my dodgy knee
  • Base layers – merino long pants and long sleeve shirt – to sleep in / and for extra warmth
  • Underpants x 2 – I wore Icebreaker hipkini. Merino is great for breathability and quick dry
  • Shirts x 2 short-sleeve quick-dry t-shirts (I would take one long sleeve top to walk in and one short sleeve for evenings if I was to do this again)
  • Sports bra
  • Icebreaker sleeves – these are one of my favourite items. I wear them with short sleeve t-shirts and it saves me from constantly taking off and putting on a fleece, I can simply roll them down my arm if I get hot. (I wouldn’t take these again as I would use a long-sleeve top to walk in instead, better for sun protection and warmth)
  • Buff – to keep your neck warm, but can also be used as a hat, headband etc
  • Fleece
  • Rain gear – I took waterproof pants and my Macpack Event rain jacket. If I was to do it again I would probably just take a good poncho instead
  • Hat – I use a sports cap that fits under my rain jacket hood and helps to keep the rain off my face
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack – I used a Lowe Airzone Trek ND33-40, it’s lightweight and small
  • Backpack raincover (not necessary if using a poncho)
  • Backpack liner – I recommend using a dry bag inside your backpack for extra protection against rain, I have a 40 litre dry bag inside mine.
  • Dry bags inside pack to compartmentalise clothes
  • Guidebook, Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide, David Moreton
  • Ziplock bags – for keeping things like passport/guidebook/pilgrim’s passport etc dry and also good for storing leftover food if you cook. Pack as many as you can.
  • Water Container –  1 x 1 litre Platypus container
  • Walking poles – I used and love my PACER POLES
  • Utensils – spork & cup
  • Headlamp 
  • Alarm Clock – use phone/watch
  • Clothes Line – I have the lifeventure pegless clothes line and it is the most used item I own!
  • Towel: Ultralight Packtowel
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Foldable daypackSea to summit Ultra Sil 20l pack
  • Sleeping Bag – I used a Western Mountaineering Summerlite – 525grams
  • Sleeping Mat – Thermarest Women’s Prolite Regular
  • S hook – I took one from my dad’s garden and use it for hanging things up in showers when there are no hooks
  • Safety pins – for hanging wet clothes on your pack to dry
  • Camera – I used a Sony RX 100 compact digital camera
  • Phone with headphones – I used my iPhone as a second camera and to listen to music
  • Garmin 62s GPS
  • Chargers for camera & phone
  • Spare AAA batteries for headlamp and AA batteries for GPS
  • Adaptor plug for Japan – same as USA & Canada
  • Shampoo – I used a LUSH shampoo bar for hair and body and it lasts more than a month
  • Soap – multi-purpose soap for washing clothes, body, hair etc
  • Toothbrush – Kathmandu does small, folding and lightweight toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste – bring a small tube and you can always buy more
  • Toilet paper / tissues – inevitably you’ll have to go somewhere along the trail but please take your rubbish with you (easy to pack it out in a ziplock bag)
  • FirstAid Kit– bandaids, needle and thread, antiseptic cream, betadyne, ibuprofen, painkillers, sunscreen, lip balm, scissors, tweezers, Imodium, anti-histamine, antibacterial hand gel


Planning for the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage

Blogging from the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage

Expenses – how much did it actually cost?

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Video Gallery


5 responses to “Gear List – Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage

  1. Hi Kat, i have to tell you, i am having a tough time finding the david moreton book you recommend. i found his website, and a website that has not been touched since about 2008 when the book was it seems quit lacking. do you have a source for the latest version


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  3. Hey Kat,

    How did you go without a tent? Would you take one next time?
    I’m in two minds whether to take mine or not!




    • Hi Taryn,
      It’s a tricky one. Obviously having the tent means you can camp pretty much anywhere (even under the huts if there’s room and it’s a free-standing tent), but then you’re carrying more weight.

      If I was on a budget I would carry one, if not, I would mix it up and stay in the huts / paid accom and would still need to carry a sleeping bag and mat.

      Or just stay in paid accom (but it’s gonna end up being a pricey walk).

      Good luck!

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