Getting around Sado

Getting around Sado

Sado is maybe larger than it seems on a map, and there is not a railway service, so it might take an unexpectedly long time to get to your destination after arriving at a port. Here are some practical ways to get around Sado, as well as the contact information of various transport providers. Explore the best way to travel for you.
Roads on Sado are narrow compared to the mainland and have many tunnels. Coastal areas have few petrol stations. If you drive your own car or a rental car, make sure to fill up with fuel well in advance.

Regular Bus Services

https://www.visitsado.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/insado_img01.jpg Sado has an extensive bus network which plays a vital role for islanders. Buses offer many opportunities to look around Sado at a relaxed pace, and help you get to hidden places along the way, which are not always found in travel guides.
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 lines. Sometimes bus services are reduced, and you might need to make some transfers, depending on your destination. Please make sure to check timetables in advance.

Contact Information

Niigata Kotsu Sado Inc.
+81 0259-57-2121

Scheduled Tour Bus (guided)

https://www.visitsado.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/insado_img02.jpg Tour bus services operate from Ryostu Port or Ogi Port to accommodate passengers arriving by Sado Kisen's ships. Bus tours themed or planned to include only strictly-selected highlights, are an efficient way to visit the most popular tourist sites. These tours come highly recommended, especially to first-time visitors to Sado.
Three different lengths of tours are available to suit your needs and preferences; from half-day tours departing in the morning or the afternoon, to one-day excursions on which you can explore plenty of attractions. All bus tours require advance booking.

Contact Information

Niigata Kotsu Sado Inc.
Niigata Kotsu Sado Sightseeing Bus Booking Centre
+81 0259-52-3200
Niigata Kotsu Sado Ryotsu Tourist Information Office
+81 0259-27-5164
Niigata Kotsu Sado Aikawa Tourist Information Office
+81 0259-74-3131
Niigata Kotsu Sado Ogi Tourist Information Office
+81 0259-86-3130

Information Desk for Regular Bus Services and Scheduled Tour Bus (guided)

  • Location on the 1st floor of Sado Kisen's Ryotsu Ferry Terminal
  • Location on the 1st floor of Sado Kisen's Ogi Ferry Terminal

Sightseeing Taxi

Taxis are a perfect way to explore Sado in a small group—no need to transfer, no worries about parking and traffic. In addition to basic courses, customised courses can be arranged to suit your preferences.~Consult with an officially licensed, friendly, hospitable driver, who also doubles as a guide, to show you around Sado.

Ryotsu area

Sado Kanko Taxi
+81 0259-23-4116
Minato Taxi
+81 0259-27-2181

Aikawa area

Sado Kanko Taxi Aikawa Branch Office
+81 0259-74-3228

Kuninaka area

Chuo Taxi
+81 0259-52-3161
Naito Taxi
+81 0259-52-2174
Taxi Department, Niigata Kotsu Sado
+81 0259-57-5123
Okesa Kanko Taxi
+81 0259-63-3348
Sado Kanko Taxi
+81 0259-66-2030

Minami Sado area

Taxi Department, Niigata Kotsu Sado
+81 0259-86-2114
Taxi Department, Niigata Kotsu Sado
+81 0259-88-2101

Rental Cars

Hiring a rental car allows you to choose the car type suited to the number of people in your group, and provides the freedom to explore Sado at your own pace. Driving a rental car is one of the best ways to enjoy scenic driving routes in Sado,~and is a convenient way to travel with family. Book early, or the selection will be limited, especially during the high season when~demand soars.

Ryotsu area

Island Rent a Car
+81 0259-23-2455
Eki Rent-a-Car System
+81 0259-24-7050
Sado Kisen Kanko
+81 0259-27-5195
Times Car Rental
+81 0259-24-7211
Toyota Rent a Car
+81 0259-27-2100
Nippon Rent-A-Car Service
+81 0259-23-4020
Rose Rental
+81 090-1883-9747
Watanabe Sansho Rent a Car
+81 0259-27-5705

Kuninaka area

Minagawa Jidosha Hanbai (Motor Sales)
+81 0259-57-2425
JA Rent a Car
+81 0259-22-3133
H.S Rent a Car
+81 0120-66-2170

Minami Sado area

Aburaya Rent a Car
+81 0259-67-7791
Sado Rent a Car
+81 0259-86-3010
Akadomari Office, Sado Rent a Car
+81 0259-87-3101

Motorbike Rental

Travelling around Sado by motorbike offers you an exhilarating travel experience, different from cars.

Ryotsu area

Rose Rental
+81 090-1883-9747

Minami Sado area

Aburaya Rent a Car
+81 0259-67-7791

Bicycle Rental

In good weather, feel the wind of Sado while riding a bike! Discover the hidden parts of Sado, which cannot be found on trips by car or bus. Travelling by bike is a convenient way to visit places within a short distance. Electric bikes, which make it easier to navigate slopes, are also available.

Bicycle Rental

Your Own Car

A road trip is one of the most popular ways for families to get around Sado. You can decide on your own route and take as much time as you like, without worrying about your suitcases! If you are planning to travel with your vehicle from the mainland, please visit Sado Kisen’s website for details.