Day four I got here at the end of Japan. This is it! You can literally see Russia with your own eyes.
Wakkanai, Hokkaido (稚内、北海道)
Here is a map:
Today is day number five.
Sleep deprived to say the least I'm. To recover, I spent a couple of nights in a love hotel and a minshuku(民宿).
I drove maybe just maybe more than I thought I did. What I said before were certainly only estimates. Yesterday alone I drove 450km.
I should have known better not to assume (ass u me). The painful truth I found out was that the main island and Hokkaido island are not connected with a drivable tunnel. You would have thought there should be at least one. But no.
So I ended up speding a lot of time circling the same regions in Aomori, although did see something nice. Finally realized there wasn't a tunnel, except the train-going one. Why would they build a tunnel for trains only? Anywho, I took the ferry and it was expensive.
I think it's certainly worth it, the trip so far. The ferry itself is the biggest rip-off though.
I stayed the night in Otaru last night. The locals love Otaru the best. I'll see why when I spend more time there on my way back. On my way back I'll start stopping more to smell the flowers so to speak.