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Find out how to get to Shukunegi in Sado, a village which prospered during the shipping industry.

Getting to Sado

The only way to get to Sado from mainland Niigata is by ferries or jetfoils. Sado has three gateway ports, so there are three routes: from Niigata City to Ryotsu, from Teradomari to Akadomari, and from Naoetsu to Ogi.

By Ferry and Jetfoil

Car Ferries Jetfoils Fast Car Ferry "Akane" High-speed Passenger Boat "Aibisu"
Niigata-Ryotsu Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins Approx. 65 mins - -
Naoetsu-Ogi Approx. 2 hrs 40 mins - Approx. 1 hr 40 mins -
Teradomari-Akadomari - - - Approx. 65 mins

Boarding a ship

If you are traveling with a vehicle (on car ferries only), please complete the vehicle application form and submit it at the ticket booth. You may need to show your vehicle registration to check the vehicle dimensions. Please, have it with you when booking.

Please visit Sado Kisen's website for more details.

Ship Information

Car Ferries
Car Ferries

Car ferries, 120-134 metres in length, are large passenger ships which can carry vehicles.
There are many choices of room types aboard the ship, including large, carpeted rooms in second class, smaller first class rooms, Special Class cabins and an ensuite cabin.

Jetfoils
Jetfoils

Jetfoils are high-speed boats (fully-submerged hydrofoil). All passengers are allocated a seat. By lifting the boat's hull out of the water with jet power, the boat skims the surface at an ultra-high-speed of 80km/h!

High-speed Passenger Boat "Aibisu"
High-speed Passenger Boat "Aibisu"

The Aibisu is a high-speed ferry servicing the Teradomari to Akadomari route. All passengers are allocated a seat.
Aibisu is named after the English translation of toki, Japanese crested ibis. The name was decided and the ship was designed on the concept of Japanese crested ibises flying high in the future.

Getting to Niigata

You can travel to Niigata, a city of water with a population of over 800 thousand, by plane, train, or expressway.

By Plane

The nearest airport to Sado is Niigata Airport. Niigata Airport is located eight kilometers from Sado Kisen Niigata Ferry Terminal. It takes 30-40 minutes by taxi and the fare is approximately 2,600JPY.
There are also bus shuttle services available between the airport and the port, operating via Niigata Station.

Domestic Flight Routes Flight Duration
New Chitose Airport (Hokkaido) - Niigata Airport Approx. 1 hr 15 mins
Nagoya (Komaki) Airport (Aichi) - Niigata Airport Approx. 55 mins
Chubu Centrair International Airport (Aichi) - Niigata Airport Approx. 55 mins
Osaka International (Itami) Airport (Osaka) - Niigata Airport Approx. 55 mins
Fukuoka Airport (Fukuoka) - Niigata Airport Approx. 1 hr 40 mins
Naha Airport (Okinawa) - Niigata Airport Approx. 2 hrs 50 mins
International Flight Routes Flight Duration
Khabarovsk Novy Airport (Russia) - Niigata Airport Approx. 2 hrs 10 mins
Vladivostok International Airport (Russia) - Niigata Airport Approx. 1 hr 30 mins
Harbin Taiping International Airport (China) - Niigata Airport Approx. 2 hrs 20 mins
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China) - Niigata Airport Approx. 3 hrs
Incheon International Airport (Korea) - Niigata Airport Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins
Antonio B. Won Pat Guam International Air Terminal (US) - Niigata Airport Approx. 3 hrs 45 mins

Highway Buses (*Advance booking is required.)

Buses are slower than other transport, but you can choose daytime or overnight services to suit your needs.

Routes Route Details Travel Time
Tokyo-Niigata For details, please contact Niigata Kotsu, Echigo Kotsu or Seibu Bus Company. Approx. 5 hrs 30 mins
Tokyo-Naoetsu For details, please contact Tokyo Kosoku Buses or Seibu Bus Company. Approx. 5 hrs 50 mins
Osaka-Niigata For details, please contact Niigata Kotsu or Hankyu Bus Company. Approx. 9 hrs
Nagoya-Niigata For details, please contact Niigata Kotsu or Meitetsu Bus Company. Approx. 7 hrs
Aizuwakamatsu For details, please contact Niigata Kotsu. Approx. 2 hrs

By Car

Driving your own car or a rental car is the most convenient way to get around Sado.

Route Via Points Travel Distance and Time
Tokyo-Niigata Nerima Interchange (Exit) - (Kan-etsu Expressway) - Nagaoka Jct. - (Hokuriku Expressway) - Niigata Nishi IC (Exit) Approx. 300km / Approx. 4 hrs
Tokyo-Naoetsu Nerima Interchange (Exit) - (Kan-etsu Expressway) - Nagaoka Jct. - (Hokuriku Expressway) - Joetsu IC (Exit) Approx. 312km / Approx. 4 hrs
Nerima Interchange (Exit) - (Kan-etsu Expressway) - Fujioka Jct. - (Joshin-etsu Expressway) - Joetsu Jct. (Hokuriku Expressway) -Joetsu IC (Exit) Approx. 290km / Approx. 3 hrs 40 mins
Osaka-Niigata Suita IC (Exit) - (Meishin Expressway) - Maibara Jct. - (Hokuriku Expressway) - Niigata Nishi IC (Exit) Approx. 583km / Approx. 7 hrs
Osaka-Naoetsu Suita IC (Exit) - (Meishin Expressway) - Maibara Jct. - (Hokuriku Expressway) - Joetsu IC (Exit) Approx. 466km / Approx. 5 hrs 40 mins
Nagoya-Niigata Komaki Higashi IC - (Chuo Expressway) - Okaya Jct. - (Nagano Expressway) - Koshoku Jct. - (Joshin-etsu Expressway) - Joetsu Jct. - (Hokuriku Expressway) - Niigata Nishi IC (Exit) Approx. 438km / Approx. 5 hrs 30 mins
Nagoya-Naoetsu Komaki Higashi IC - (Chuo Expressway) - Okaya Jct. - (Nagano Expressway) - Koshoku Jct. - (Joshin-etsu Expressway) - Joetsu Jct. - (Hokuriku Expressway) - Joetsu IC (Exit) Approx. 321km / Approx. 4 hrs
Fukushima-Niigata Koriyama Higashi IC - (Ban-etsu Expressway) - Niigata Chuo IC (Exit) Approx. 149km / Approx. 2 hrs

Travelling around Sado

Roads on Sado are narrow compared to the mainland and have many tunnels. There is not a railway on Sado, so driving your own car is the best way to get around at your own pace. Sado, also, has extensive bus networks, and buses play a vital role for both islanders and visitors. Other travel options include fixed-route, escorted tour bus services, taxis, and rental cars.

Bus

Scheduled Tour Bus (escorted)

Tour bus services operate from Ryostu Port or Ogi Port to accommodate passengers arriving by Sado Kisen's ships. Bus tours are themed or planned to include only strictly-selected highlights, so you can efficiently visit the most popular tourist sites. All bus tours require advance booking, and you may join on the day of the tour only if vacancies are available. For details, please contact a tour operator, or Niigata Kotsu Sado Sightseeing Bus Booking Centre at 0259-52-3200.

Regular Bus Services

There are 16 bus routes covering the vast area of the island, and buses help make it easy to get to remote communities, where tour buses do not go. In some places, you can get on and off the bus where-ever you like. This is not possible on the Honsen Line, however, or on some of the other main lines. Some bus services operate very infrequently and you might need to make some transfers, depending on your destinations. Please make sure to check timetables in advance. A two-day, unlimited ride pass is available on weekends and holidays.

For details, please visit Niigata Kotsu Sado's website.
*See timetables

Taxi

There are three types of taxi: small taxi can accommodate up to five passengers; medium up to six; and jumbo taxi up to ten (including a driver).
There are seventeen basic sightseeing taxi tour courses with a driver doubling as a tour guide. The courses can be customised to suit your preferences based on consultation.
Regular taxi services operate, too.

[Ryotsu]

  • Sado Kanko Taxi (0259-23-4116)
  • Ryotsu Taxi (0259-27-3221)
  • Minato Taxi (0259-27-2181)

[Kanai]

Okesa Kanko Taxi (0259-63-3348)

[Sawata]

  • Niigata Kotsu Sado(0259-57-5123)
  • Chuo Taxi (0259-52-3161)
  • Naito Taxi (0259-52-2174)
  • Okesa Kanko Taxi (0259-51-1111)

[Aikawa]

Aikawa Taxi (0259-74-3134)

[Hatano]

Sado Kanko Taxi (0259-66-2030)

[Mano]

  • Naito Taxi (0259-55-2177)
  • Mano Taxi (0259-55-2167)

[Ogi]

Niigata Kotsu Sado (0259-86-2114)

[Hamochi]

Niigata Kotsu Sado (0259-88-2101)

Car Hire

You can hire a car at both Ryotsu Port and Ogi Port. There are many choices of car types, varying from compact to estate cars.
Hiring a car is the best way to travel leisurely at your own pace.

[Ryotsu]

  • Sado Kisen Kanko (0259-27-5195)
    (Car hire is available at Sado Kisen's quayside offices in Niigata, Naoetsu, Ryotsu and Ogi, and also at Sado Kisen Information Desks throughout Japan.)
  • Watanabe Sansho (0259-27-5705)
  • Toyota Rent a Car (0259-27-2100)
  • Mazda Rent a Car Ryotsu Branch (0259-24-7211)
  • Island Rent a Car (0259-23-2455)
  • Nippon Rent-A-Car Service (0259-23-4020)

[Ogi]

  • Ogiya Mazda Rent a Car (0259-86-3103)
  • Sado Rent a Car (0259-86-3010)

[Akadomari]

Maesado Unso (0259-87-3101)

Bicycle Hire

Ordinary and electric bikes are available.

Where to hire a bike

  1. Sado Tourism Association Ryotsu Tourist Information Office (0259-27-5000)
  2. Sado Tourism Association Mano Tourist Information Office (0259-55-3589)
  3. Sado Tourism Association Minami Sado Tourist Information Office (0259-86-3200)  *Electric bikes only
  4. Niigata Kotsu Sado Aikawa Tourist Information Office (0259-74-3131)
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PLEASE SHOW RESPECT TO LOCAL RESIDENTS. Please do not litter or smoke while walking.