Overall, I definitely recommend traveling to Hokkaido by ferry. My suggestions:
- The bunk beds are worth the extra money.
- Bring something to do on the boat (Book, e-reader, tablet, handheld gaming console, etc.)
- Layered clothes are a good idea because the rooms might be uncomfortably hot or cold.
- BRING DRINKS AND SNACKS. The gift shop has weird hours, as do the restaurants during off-season.
I finally got the video edited and online, so enjoy! Be advised that it's almost 20:00 -- my longest one yet. I also shared a shorter version of this with my JHS students and they seemed to really enjoy it. If anything, hopefully it sparks interest in someone for travel and adventure.
I also really had to pick and choose when it came to taking photos and video footage during this trip, because it was SO cold, even with gloves on! Most of the shots were taken with my keitai as usual, but they turned out better than I would have expected. This post would be 8 years long if I went into details of everything, so I'm just going to post another Flickr slideshow. Beware of alpacas!!!
I don't know about you, but after this winter I'm definitely ready for some cherry blossoms and sunshine!