Island Transportation

Driving is a great way to see the island without worrying about a timetable.

To rent a car, it is best to make a reservation well in advance. Sightseeing taxis and tour buses are also available. Please visit Sado Tourism Association website for details.

During EC, there will be EC special buses (EC liner bus, EC express bus, EC Ogi circle bus, etc.) running in addition to regular local bus routes.

Regular City Buses

EC takes place just a few minutes on foot from Ogi Port. Traveling to the EC venues in Ogi via local island buses takes approximately 1hr 50min from Ryotsu Port, 30 min from Akadomari Port, and 1hr 30 min from Aikawa, which is 1hr 10min from Ryotsu Port. However, island buses are infrequent so be sure to check Sado Island Ferry & Bus Timetable before you make plans. Various special bus services will be running during the 3-day festival.

* Timetable of the regular routed street bus
– between Ryotsu and Ogi
– between Aikawa and Ogi
– between Ryotsu and Aikawa(Hon-sen Line)
– Shukunegi Line

EC Bus Day-Pass

With this pass, during the designated valid time frame you can ride all you want on the EC special buses (liner bus, express bus, Ogi circle bus), routed street bus, and Aikawa tour circle bus!

Fee

1-day free pass / Adult 2,000 yen, Child 1,000 yen
2-day free pass / Adult 3,000 yen, Child 1,500 yen
3-day free pass / Adult 4,000 yen, Child 2,000 yen

Valid period

Aug. 16 (Thu) – 21 (Tue)

Sales period

Aug. 16 (Thu) – 19 (Sun)

Available for purchase at

Marine Plaza Ogi
i-Port Sado
Niigata Transportation Sado Main Branch Tourist Information Centre (at Sawata bus station)
Ryotsu Tourist Information Centre
Aikawa Tourist Information Centre

EC Liner Bus & EC Express Bus

EC Liner Bus (by reservation only), EC Express Bus (no reservations needed)
Regular bus passes for local bus routes are not valid on the EC Liner Bus and EC Express Bus; EC Bus Day-Pass can be used on these buses.

EC Liner Bus (by reservation only)

Fare (to Ryotsu and to Aikawa): Adult 1,000 yen, Child 500 yen

Reservation:
To ride the EC Liner Bus, reservations must be made through Niigata Transportation Sado.
Niigata Transportation Sado Corporation Main Office
Tel. 0259-57-2121 (9:00-17:30)
Reservation window: Jun 18 (Mon) – July 31 (Tue) *Reservations will close when all seats are sold.

EC Express Bus (no reservations needed)

Fare (to Ryotsu and to Aikawa): Adult 1,000 yen, Child 500 yen

■ Ryotsu⇔Ogi Aug.17(Fri) - 19(Sun)

i-Port Sado あいぽーと佐渡 / Ryotsu port, tourist bus stop 両津港観光バスのりば Ogi 小木
[Express] 9:10 / 9:25 9:50 Niibo (Tokinomura Genki-kan)
10:00 Hatano (Sendo)
10:10 Mano (Shin-machi Gakko Mae)
10:30 Nishimikawa
10:50
[Express] 9:10 / 9:25 9:45 Kanai
10:00 Sawata BS
10:30 Nishimikawa
10:50
[Express] 12:30 / 12:45 13:10 Niibo (Tokinomura Genki-kan)
13:20 Hatano (Sendo)
13:30 Mano (Shin-machi Gakko Mae)
13:50 Nishimikawa
14:10
[Express] 16:00 / 16:15 16:40 Niibo (Tokinomura Genki-kan)
16:50 Hatano (Sendo)
17:00 Mano (Shin-machi Gakko Mae)
17:20 Nishimikawa
17:40
Ogi 小木 i-Port Sado あいぽーと佐渡 / Ryotsu port, tourist bus stop 両津港観光バスのりば
[Express] 9:00 9:20 Nishimikawa
9:40 Mano (Shin-machi Gakko Mae)
9:50 Hatano (Sendo)
10:00 Niibo (Tokinomura Genki-kan)
10:25 / 10:30
[Liner] 21:00
*8/19 only
Via Mano(Minamisen Line) 22:20
[Liner] 22:00 Via Mano(Minamisen Line) 23:20
[Liner] 22:00 Via SawataBS&Kanai (Honsen Line) 23:20

*Express buses can be boarded at Niibo Tokinomura Genki-kan [新穂トキのむら元気館], Hatano [畑野] (Sendo[仙道]), Mano(Shin-machi Gakko Mae) [真野(新町学校前)], and Nishimikawa[西三川].
*For timetable of the regular routed street bus (not EC special bus) between Ryotsu and Ogi, click here.

■ Aikawa ⇔ Ogi Aug.17 (Fri) - 19 (Sun) *Aug.16(Thu) Special schedule

Aikawa 相川 Via Sawata 佐和田 Ogi 小木
[Liner] Sado Aikawa Kasuga Jinja departure 相川春日神社 21:30 *8/16 only 22:40
[Express] Sado Aikawa Branch Office departure 相川支所 12:15 *8/18 only SawataBS[3] 佐和田BS 12:35 13:25
Ogi 小木 Aikawa 相川
[Liner] 22:00 22:50 23:30
*Via Nanaura-kaigan 七浦海岸

*For timetable of the regular routed street bus (not EC special bus) between Aikawa and Ogi, click here.
*For timetable of the regular routed street bus between Ryotsu and Aikawa(Hon-sen Line)click here.

EC Ogi Circle Bus

During the day, there will be a bus running in a circular route from Ogi [小木] ~ Shukunegi [宿根木] ~ Tatako-kan(Taiko Centre) たたこう館 (太鼓体験交流館) every 30 minutes.
*Aug.19(Sun) only: The bus runs between Ogi [小木] and Shukunegi [宿根木].

■ Aug. 17 (Fri) - 19 (Sun) Fare: regular bus fare

Ogi 小木 Shukunegi 宿根木 Tatako-kan たたこう館
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
11:25 11:37 11:47
12:00 12:10 12:20
12:25 12:40 12:50
13:00 13:10  → 13:20
13:30 13:40 13:50
14:00 *8/17 Special schedule 14:12 14:22
14:30 14:40 14:50
16:15 16:31 16:41

 

Tatako-kan たたこう館 Shukunegi Ogi 小木
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
12:54 13:03 13:15
13:30 13:40 13:50
13:56 14:05 14:17
14:00 14:10 14:20
15:00 15:10 15:20
15:32 *8/17 Special schedule 15:41 15:53
 - 17:00 *8/17,18 Special schedule 17:10
17:37 17:46 17:58

*For timetable of the regular routed street bus (not EC Ogi circle bus or EC special bus) running on the Shukunegi line, click here.

Special Local Buses

■ Aug. 17 (Fri) - 19 (Sun) Fare: regular bus fare

Sobama 素浜   Ogi 小木
8:30 8:45
9:30 *8/17-20 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
Ogi 小木   Sobama 素浜
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

Ogi 小木 Via Shukunegi 宿根木 Kowashimizu 強清水
21:30 21:45
■ Ogi → Akadomari → Mushiroba

Ogi 小木 Via Akadomari 赤泊 Mushiroba 筵場
22:30 23:00

Aikawa Tour Circle Bus “Kinzan Gururin”

This tour bus travels through the town of Aikawa, retaining its charm since its goldmine era. Take this opportunity to fully enjoy all there is to see in Aikawa.

Operating period

July 21 (Sat) – Aug. 31 (Fri)

Fare

200 yen per ride

A Free Pass with unlimited rides is also available. The pass also includes special privileges and discounts at various shops and institutions.

Available for purchase at

Niigata Transportation Sado Main Branch Tourist Information Centre (at Sawata bus station) Tel. 0259-57-5114 (9:00-17:30)
Ryotsu Tourist Information Centre Tel. 0259-27-5164 (8:00-17:30)
Aikawa Tourist Information Centre Tel. 0259-74-3131 (7:40-16:00)

Main route

Sado goldmine, Sado magistrate office, Kyomachi way, etc.

Timetable/Route map (Japanese)

Download (PDF:7MB)

Inquiries

Niigata Kotsu Sado 新潟交通佐渡
Tel. 0259-57-5114 (9:00-17:30)
Fax. 0259-57-2770
Website: http://www.sado-bus.com/

Liner Bus reservations
Tel. 0259-57-5131(9:00〜17:30)

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