We set off on the night ferry from Tomakomai to Hachinohe. It was REALLY windy so I was worried that the boat would rock but it wasn't rocky at all, much to our relief. Up till now we have gone to Akita or further down to Sendai and they were long journeys. This was only 8 hours so much more bearable.
Yoshi and Jiichan shared a first class cabin. We did this for Jiichan's bad knee and Baachan was supposed to be coming but Yoshi lucked out and got her place!
Yoshi insisted on going out on the deck while the ferry was still docked. It was VERY VERY VERY windy. On night sailings the doors are locked before the ferry sets off to prevent accidents.
The ferry was brand new. Very shiny with lots of places to relax. Harry was in front of a huge TV screen here. I am a bad sailor so just want to take my seasick pills and lie down before it sets off!
This was our cabin - four bunks and a little carpet space with a low table and a small TV. Not bad!