Another Japanese game and I think its safe to say this is Angie's favorite game. In Tokaido players journey the East Sea Road having a traditional Japanese vacation. On the way they can interact with interesting people, buy souvenirs, paint pictures, eat interesting food and relax in hot springs. This is a game where enjoying the journey really is the goal. Each activity earns players points and the player who had the most satisfying vacation as measured by the points, wins.
My trick to winning at Tokaido is to not play to win, just to have fun. Tokaido is a very zen game, its probably not a great choice for young kids, its recommended for 8 and up but in our experience this is a pretty adult game. The pace is relaxed and players who want more excitement should probably look for another game like King of Tokyo.
There are several expansion sets for Tokaido, the miniatures are worth having although they are a little too big for the board. The other expansions I'm not too excited about, the game is well balanced the way it is and I feel like the expansions upset that balance.
One last piece of advice is to play Tokaido in a relatively quiet place, maybe with some Japanese music in the background, this will enhance the zen like experience. We've played in loud environments and it really hurts the game overall. Remember this is all about the journey not the destination. I often find myself at the end of a game of Tokaido wishing their was more.