|tallying up the accommodation costs|
|photo op with a Sunday cycle posse|
|hydrangeas are everywhere now|
The ride to the port is pleasant and easy and it's no problem getting tickets for this evening's ferry. We are going economy - sleeping on tatami mats in a large room - but we know it'll be quiet - this is Japan. There's a Dutch couple in a tiny camper van - only enough space to lie down. We reckon there's a big market to be exploited in Japanese tourism - renting out campervans to foreigners - and they tell us that there's only one Japanese company that has a website in English. We meet Teriyaki who is on his bicycle, heading home after a week away.
|more photo ops|
|two jolly non-millionaires|
The boat sails on time. It'll take 19 hours to reach Hokkaido, so we take advantage of the facilities - a nice sauna and baths. I wonder when the ship starts rocking would you notice if you're soaking in the bath?