We got to the Wakkanai ferry terminal at around 8:30am, and paid our 3,800yen each for a ferry ticket to Rishiri Island. We were lined up with a straggle of other drivers, many heading over to the island just for the day; the island is only about 60km in circumference.
This must have cost a mint to make. Dedicated bridges spanning massive gorges.
One of the reasons people come to Rishiri Island is to see the jagged volcanic Mt. Rishiri. Essentially, the entire island is a volcano, jutting out of the sea. We had to wait until well into the afternoon to catch a glimpse of the majestic peak, and even then, it was only for an hour or so.
It was getting late before we managed to find a free campsite called Seihoshi-Misaki campground. By all indications, it was no longer a campground, however. Only remnants remained, but at least there was a picnic table, and enough clear ground for a tent and tarp. The view was breathtaking.
More photos from today can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14degrees/sets/72157635202068821/