Transportation (From Niigata to Sado)
By sea, from Niigata to Sado
There are three gateways to Sado on the mainland, and three types of ship.
The car ferry takes between 2 hours 30 minutes and 2 hours 40 minutes. Apart from the large carpeted 2nd class lounge, reservations are required for all individual cabins. There is also a suite complete with a reception room. Reservations can be made at all Sado Kisen information desks and travel agencies. Early reservation for vehicles is recommended.
- Niigata Port - Ryotsu Port : For 2 hours 30 minutes.
- Naoetsu Port - Ogi Port : For 2 hours 40 minutes.
The jet foil takes just 60 minutes. All seats must be reserved. Tickets are available from Sado Kisen information desks, travel agencies and JR Midori Ticket Offices.
- Niigata Port - Ryotsu Port : For 60 minutes.
The Ibis is a high-speed boat between Teradomari and Akadomari. The crossing takes 65 minutes and all seats must be reserved.
- Teradomari Port - Akadomari Port : For 65 minutes.
Inquiries and reservations
Exchange your reservation ticket (boarding coupon) for a boarding ticket at the counter and make your way to the ticket barrier with the ticket which must have the same name on it as the name on the passenger list. You are advised to arrive at the port early to allow ample time to complete boarding procedures.
If you are crossing with your car, present your reservation coupon at the vehicle transportation counter and present your shakensho (vehicle inspection certificate) along with a duly completed "vehicle transport application slip" (do not forget to note the names of other passengers) in order to receive a boarding ticket in exchange. If you have not completed boarding procedure 30 minutes before the ferry sails, loading considerations mean that you may not be able to board. Please arrive at the port with at least one hour to spare.