Scenic Japan from the Water

Route Details

Niigata Port - Sado Island (Ryotsu Port)

  • Car ferry and Jetfoil

  • SAWASAKI MANJYOUJIKI

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  • Night view of Donden Cottage

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  • OTOWAIKE

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  • IWAKUBI SHOURYU TANADA

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  • KOTOURA

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  • SEISUIJI

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  • Nogaku (traditional performing art consisting of dance, chants and music)

  • KITAZAWAFUYUUSENKOUBA

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  • Fun trekking at Sado Island

    There is a wonderful trekking course on Sado Island

    ©F.WAVE HOMMA

  • Fun diving at Sado Island

    There is the best diving spot in Sado Island

    ©F.WAVE HOMMA

  • Sado magistrate's office

  • Sado gold mine

  • Sado gold mine

  • Meoto-iwa

  • Senkaku-wan

  • Futatsukame

  • Oonogame

  • Sainokawara

    Fun trekking at Sado Island

    ©F.WAVE HOMMA

  • Tarai Ship

  • SADO ISLAND

  • Car ferry and Jetfoil

  • SAWASAKI MANJYOUJIKI

    ©ITOUYA RYOKAN

  • Night view of Donden Cottage

    ©ITOUYA RYOKAN

  • OTOWAIKE

    ©ITOUYA RYOKAN

  • IWAKUBI SHOURYU TANADA

    ©ITOUYA RYOKAN

  • KOTOURA

    ©ITOUYA RYOKAN

  • SEISUIJI

    ©ITOUYA RYOKAN

  • Nogaku (traditional performing art consisting of dance, chants and music)

  • KITAZAWAFUYUUSENKOUBA

    ©ITOUYA RYOKAN

  • Fun trekking at Sado Island

    There is a wonderful trekking course on Sado Island

    ©F.WAVE HOMMA

  • Fun diving at Sado Island

    There is the best diving spot in Sado Island

    ©F.WAVE HOMMA

  • Sado magistrate's office

  • Sado gold mine

  • Sado gold mine

  • Meoto-iwa

  • Senkaku-wan

  • Futatsukame

  • Oonogame

  • Sainokawara

    Fun trekking at Sado Island

    ©F.WAVE HOMMA

  • Tarai Ship

  • SADO ISLAND

Routes (Round-Trip)

From

Niigata Port
Ports of Call

To

Ryotsu Port

Fare [JPY]

2,250 - 6,510

Distance and Course Time

67.2km - 67.2km
/ 1H50M - 2H30M
A regular line to a remote island connecting Niigata Port (Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken) and Ryotsu Port on Sado Island (Sado-shi, Niigata-ken) by car ferry in 2 hours and 30 minutes, and by jetfoil in 65 minutes.

[Features]
Two large car ferries are in operation and accommodate 1,500-1,705 passengers, and 168-290 passenger vehicles. Also a jetfoil accommodates 250 passengers.
The large car ferry offers a comfortable journey and have private rooms, observation lounge, store, food court, game room, kids playroom, nursing room, smoking room, pet space, Wi-Fi, and rolling and pitching prevention device on board (observation lounge and kids playroom are only available on Car Ferry Tokiwamaru).
The Jet Foil travels in a high-speed at 80km/h by elevating its body from the sea surface. The computer automated control device which is also used for airplanes allows the passengers to enjoy a comfortable ride without pitching and rolling even in the rough sea.
Passengers can enjoy the beautiful Sado Island and the mountains of Niigata, and the sunset on evening ferries from the ship.

[Tourist Attractions Nearby]
▪Sado Island(Ryotsu Port)
・Sado Island: The S shaped island is one of Japan's largest islands after Okinawa's main island, which is located in the west side of Niigata-ken in the Sea of Japan with coastline of approximately 280km.
The island's history, culture, nature and cuisine can be fully enjoyed by Sado Kinzan, the historical site of the largest gold and silver mine in Japan with a history of 400 years which is listed as the World Heritage candidate, Noh Theater, the cherished culture of court nobles passed from the Edo period, “toki”, the endangered species, and delicious rice grown in the satoyama and fresh seafood.

・Outdoor: Many activities are available to fully enjoy the nature in sea and mountain such as trekking, sea kayak, diving, fishing and Tarai-bune (tub boat) experience etc.

・Sado Gold Mine: About 50 minutes by car from Ryotsu Port / A historical site of the largest Japanese gold and silver mine which helped finance the Tokugawa Shogunate. Aims to be registered as the World Heritage site and is now on the tentative list.

・Toki Forest Park: About 15 minutes by car from Ryotsu Port / The ecology of toki (Japanese crested ibis) can be observed close by.

[Access to Pier]
▪Niigata Port(Bandaijima Ferry Terminal)
<By train> From Niigata Station of JR East, take Niigata Kotsu bus bound for Sado Kisen from Niigata Ekimae bus stop until the last stop. 0 minute walk from Sado Kisen bus stop. Travel time is about 15 minutes.
https://goo.gl/maps/PRuNmj6fXzP2

<By car> From Niigata-Kameda Interchange of Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway, take Route 49 and then Route 7 for 9km or 30 minutes.
https://goo.gl/maps/ii8bzXLMJuB2

[Vessel Operator]
Car ferry and jetfoil ferry services to Sado Island 
Items of Interest Ships to Isolated Islands Route Type Car Ferries,Passenger Ships
Reservation Yes Credit Card Yes
Contact Information Niigata synthesis infomation center
TEL: 025-245-1234 ( Japanese Only )
Details

Ports of Call

  1. Niigata Port
  2. Ryotsu Port

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Tourist Attractions Nearby

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