Total distance travelled so far = 2697km
Arrived in Niigata to stay with Dave and Rie for a night or two. Niigata is probablly best known because it is a major port city.
Lots of boats. Niigata is a good place to catch a ferry up to Hokkaido if thats what you're into. There is also Sado island near, which is supposed to be nice, but I didn't have any more time. The campsite at Fuji Rock openned at noon the next day, and I wanted to get down there ASAP. Dave and Rie were coming to the last two days of the three day music festival, so I didn't feel bad saying goodbye to Niigata. At 11pm I set out on the few hundred kilometer trip ahead of me.