Hakodate seemed like a really interesting place. As one of the first Japanese ports to open to the outside world it’s been heavily influenced by that trade. In the ‘Western’ area (not actually at the west end of town) the streets were wide like American ones and the houses seemed different. The map showed lots of churches rather than temples. It’s another place I’ll have to return to later, though I don’t think I’ll make an effort to see the stone commemorating the site of the first photography on Hokkaido (!).
I road walked all day and spoke to a few locals who were interested in this funny foreigner. None of them asked for my passport.
I’ve ended up at Oniushi Park which is great for camping. And only a few kilometres from the very important ‘Monument to the Establishment of the First Frozen Food Enterprise’, another stone I think I’ll skip. It has a few paths but is mostly grass and low trees. My spot has lots of mosquitoes too and I bet the dozens of crows in the trees above will be up before dawn. Sunrise is at 4:02. Craigrise is hopefully much later.
Word of the day: sai-go no = last (as in the last island)
Update: I’ve just been listening to a group of children practicing their taiko drumming. A few noticed me through the 1st floor window and waved, but the building was locked at ground level so I just listened and returned to my tent.
Distance today: 40 km