Took the morning train from Asahikawa to Abashiri. Met up with new-found car buddy as planned. We managed to finalise all the car arrangements in Abashiri and start driving to Shiretoko National Park.
The scenery along the way from Shari to Utoro feels like the Black Forest meets pastoral land meets the Mediterranean coast.
Found a camp site to stay the night in Utoro for 400 yen.
This is the view of Utoro from Cape Puyuni.
Car buddy had booked a hostel in Iwaobetsu which is situated in a dramatic gorge; words and photos simply can’t justify this heap of wilderness.
On hindsight I should have just camped here and get potable water from the hostel.