ACCESS/LODGING

TRANSPORT ON SADO ISLAND

Public transport options on Sado Island include buses, taxis, and sight-seeing buses.

If you don’t want to worry about timetables, bring your own car to Sado or renting one here is a great option. If you want to rent a car, advanced reservations are recommended, especially in summer. For further details about sightseeing and transport on Sado, please visit  the Sado Tourism Association website.

During EC, there will be EC Shuttle Buses (EC Charter Buses, EC Express Buses, EC Ogi Loop Buses, etc.) operating in addition to regular local bus services.

Local Bus Service

The main events at EC take place just a few minutes on foot from Ogi Port. Traveling to the EC venues in Ogi via local island buses takes approximately 1h 50m from Ryotsu Port and 1hr 30m from Aikawa. However, island buses are not frequent, so make sure you plan your trip beforehand by checking the Sado Island Bus timetable and route maps. (Japanese website, English translation available)

The following are useful bus routes for travel between EC venues. Click each route to see the timetable.
– between Ryotsu and Ogi
– between Aikawa and Ogi
– between Ryotsu and Aikawa (Hon-sen Line)
– Shukunegi Line

– Bus Route map (English)

EC All-Day Bus Pass

Travel as much as you like for one or more days with an all-day pass valid on EC shuttle bus services (Charter, Express, Ogi Loop Bus), and local bus services. It’s a great deal!

Fee

1-Day Pass / Adults 2,000 yen, Children 1,000 yen

2-Day Pass / Adults 3,000 yen, Children 1,500 yen

3-Day Pass / Adults 4,000 yen, Children 2,000 yen

Valid Between

Aug. 15 (Thu)–Aug. 20 (Tue)

On Sale

Aug. 15 (Thu)–Aug. 18 (Sun)

Available at

Marine Plaza Ogi (EC Info Centre)

i-Port (Sado Information Centre)

Tourist Information Center, Niigata Kotsu Sado Main Branch (inside Sawata Bus Station)

Ryotsu Tourist Information Center

Minami Sado Tourist Information Center

Aikawa Tourist Information Center

EC Charter Buses & EC Express Buses

Advanced reservations are required to ride EC Charter Buses.
No reservation is required to ride EC Express Buses.

EC All-Day Bus Passes can be used on EC Charter & Express Buses. However, please note that Sado’s local bus free pass is not valid for travel on EC Charter or Express Bus services.

EC Charter Buses (Reservations required)

Fare: Adults 1,000 yen, Children 500 yen (For services to Ryotsu and Aikawa)

Reservations: Niigata Kotsu Sado Tel. 0259-57-2121 (9:00–17:30 JST)

Reservations Accepted: June 17 (Mon)–July 31 (Wed)

EC Express Bus (No reservation required)

Fare: Adults 1,000 yen, Children 500 yen (to Ryotsu and to Aikawa)
*Ages 5 & under ride for free.

■ Ryotsu⇔Ogi Aug.16 (Fri)–18 (Sun)

Dep. i-Port Sado (あいぽーと佐渡) / Ryotsu Port Sightseeing Bus Stop (両津港観光バスのりば) via Arr. Ogi (小木)
[Express] 9:10 / 9:25 Niibo 9:45, Sendo 9:50, Mano (Shinmachi Honcho) 10:05, Nishimikawa 10:25 10:45
[Express] 9:10 / 9:25 Kanai 9:40, Sawata 9:55, Mano (Shinmachi Honcho) 10:05, Nishimikawa 10:25 10:45
[Express] 12:30 / 12:45 Niibo 13:05, Sendo 13:10, Mano (Shinmachi Honcho) 13:25, Nishimikawa 13:45 14:05
[Express] 16:00 / 16:15 Niibo 16:35, Sendo 16:40, Mano (Shinmachi Honcho) 16:55, Nishimikawa 17:15 17:35
Dep. Ogi 小木 via Arr. i-Port Sado (あいぽーと佐渡) / Ryotsu Port Sightseeing Bus Stop (両津港観光バスのりば)
[Express] 9:00 Nishimikawa 9:20, Mano (Shinmachi Honcho) 9:40, Sendo 9:55, Niibo 10:00 10:15 / 10:20
[Charter] 22:00 Mano (Shinmachi Honcho) 22:35, Sendo 22:45, Niibo 22:50 23:10
[Charter] 22:00 Mano (Shinmachi Honcho) 22:35, Sawata BS 22:45, Kanai 22:55 23:10

*Express buses stop at Kanai, Sawata, Niibo, Hatano (Sendo), Mano (Shinmachi Honcho) , and Nishimikawa.
**For local bus services between Ryotsu and Ogi (not EC Shuttle Buses), please refer to the Niigata Kotsu Sado timetable.

Ogi -> Aikawa (Hotel Familio Sado Aikawa)Aug. 16 (Fri)–18 (Sun) 

Dep. Ogi via Arr. Aikawa (Hotel Familio Sado Aikawa)
[Charter] 22:00 Mano (Shinmachi Honcho) 22:35, Sawata BS 22:45, Nanaura 23:00, Aikawa 23:15 23:30

*For local bus services between Aikawa and Ogi (not EC Shuttle Buses), please refer to the Niigata Kotsu Sado timetable.

Kasuga Shrine Noh Charter Bus (Ryotsu Service) *Aug. 15 (Thu) only

  Shiizaki Onsen(The Hotel Aokiya, Hotel New Katsura) Kiraku-mae Ryotsu Port Yoshidaya (Kagetsu) Shiiya (Sado Ground) Ryotsu Yamaki Kanai Bus Stop (Tabi no Hotel) Kasuga Shrine Entrance
To 17:15 17:17 17:25 17:30 17:35 17:40 17:55 18:30
Return 22:45 22:43 22:35 22:30 22:25 22:20 22:05 21:30

Kasuga Shrine Noh Charter Bus (Ogi Service) *Aug. 15 (Thu) only

  Kasuga Shrine Entrance Nanaura District Sawada District Sawada BS Mano District Ogi Port Kowashimizu
Return 21:30 21:45 21:55 22:00 22:10 22:50 23:05

EC Ogi Loop Bus

This loop bus will run between the main venue located areas (Ogi – Shukunegi – Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan) during the EC period.

Aug. 16 (Fri)–18 (Sun) Fare: Standard local bus fare

*The Ogi – Shukunegi bus will be running after the EC Theatre on Aug. 16 (Fri) and Aug. 17 (Sat)

Dep. Ogi Shukunegi Arr. Tatakokan
9:00 9:10 9:20
9:30 9:40 9:50
10:00 10:10 10:20
10:30 10:40 10:50
11:00 11:10 11:20
11:36 11:47 11:57
12:00 12:10 12:20
12:26 12:40 12:50
13:00 13:10 13:20
13:30 13:40  → 13:50
14:01

*temporary service only on Aug. 16

14:12 14:22
14:30 14:40 14:50
Dep. Tatakokan Shukunegi Arr. Ogi
9:30 9:40 9:50
10:00 10:10 10:20
10:30 10:40 10:50
11:00 11:10 11:20
11:30 11:40 11:50
12:30 12:40 12:50
13:04 13:13 13:24
13:30 13:40 13:50
13:56 14:05 14:16
14:00 14:10  → 14:20
15:00 15:10 15:20
15:32

*temporary service only on Aug. 16

15:41 15:52

16:50 *only operating on Aug. 16 & 17

17:00

*For details regarding other bus services to Shukunegi (not EC Ogi Loop or Shuttle Buses), please see here.

Other Shuttle Buses

The following shuttle bus services are convenient for travel between Ogi, where the main EC events take place, Sobama Campground, and other lodging facilities nearby. Standard local bus fares apply.

Sobama <-> Ogi Aug 16 (Fri)–18 (Sun)

*Indicates temporary service until Aug. 19

Dep. Sobama Arr. Ogi
8:30 → 8:45
9:30

*Indicates temporary service until Aug. 19

9:45
10:30 10:45
11:45 12:00
13:15 13:30
14:15 14:30
15:15 15:30
16:15 16:30
17:30 17:45
Dep. Ogi Arr. Sobama
9:00 → 9:15
10:00 10:15
11:20 11:35
12:45 13:00
13:45 14:00
14:45 15:00
15:45 16:00
17:00 17:15
22:00 22:15

■Ogi -> Shukunegi -> Kowashimizu

Dep. Ogi Shukunegi Arr. Kowashimizu
21:30 21:45

■Ogi ->Hamochi-> Mushiroba

Dep. Ogi via Hamochi Arr. Mushiroba
22:30 23:00

Sado Island Transport Inquiries

Niigata Kotsu Sado (Local Bus Services)
Tel. 0259-57-5114 (9:00-17:30)
Fax. 0259-57-2770
Website: http://www.sado-bus.com/

EC Charter Bus Reservations (Niigata Kotsu Sado Charter Buses/Sightseeing Dept.)

Tel. 0259-57-5131(9:00–17:30)