Earth Celebration 2024

AUG. 16

FRI

17

SAT

18

SUN

Ogi, Sado Island, Niigata

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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, bringing 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.

Travel Options on Sado Island

EC Charter Buses & EC Express Buses

There will be EC Shuttle Buses (EC Charter Buses and EC Express Buses) operating in addition to regular local bus services during EC—Aug. 16 (Fri)–19 (Mon). Advanced reservations are required to ride EC Charter Buses. No reservation is required to ride EC Express Buses.

EC 2024 Bus Schedule Aug. 16
EC 2024 Bus Schedule Aug. 17
EC 2024 Bus Schedule Aug. 18
EC 2024 Bus Schedule Aug. 19

EC Charter Buses (Reservations required)

*Listed in the bus schedule under "After the Harbour Concerts" Fare: Adults 1,000 yen, Children 500 yen (For services to Ryotsu and Aikawa) Reservations: Niigata Kotsu Sado Tel. 0259-52-3200 (9:00–17:00 JST), or via the (contact form)[https://www.sado-bus.com/contact/] Reservations Accepted: June 20 (Thu) ー July 31 (Wed)

EC Charter Bus Transit time

EC Charter Bus FAQ

Q. Will the bus stop at the locations listed under “via”? If so, will the bus fare differ for those stops? A. Yes, the bus will stop at those locations to let passengers off. For EC Charter Buses, the fare is the same regardless of where you get off. (Adults ¥1000, Children ¥500) Q. Where exactly will the buses stop? A. The bus can drop you off near your lodging facility if it is on the bus route and there is space to stop. Please inform Niigata Kotsu Sado of your lodging place when you reserve your EC Charter Bus ticket(s) and ask for details on the drop-off location.

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.

EC Express Bus transit times

EC Express Bus FAQ

Q. Will the bus fare differ depending on where you get off the bus? A. No. The bus fare will be the same regardless of where you get off. (Adults ¥1000, Child ¥500) Q. Where exactly will the buses stop? A. The EC Express Buses will stop at the main bus stop in each town listed. (Sado Island Bus Map) If you need assistance choosing the right bus stop, please contact EC for advice via this form.

*Marine Plaza Ogi is home to the EC Information Centre and Minami Sado Tourist Information Center.

Bus Map

Shuttle Buses for Workshop & Experience Participants

EC 2024 Bus Schedule for WS

Important Notes: ・Shuttle buses departing for Sado Island Taiko Centre or Kodo Village can only be used if you have a ticket for the relevant workshops and/or experiences. ・For workshops at Sado Island Taiko Centre, you can take the EC Shuttle Bus service or make your own way there by car or bike. ・If you are participating in the workshops/experiences held at Kodo Village, please come by EC Shuttle Bus. (Please refrain from coming to Kodo Village by car, bike, or on foot. Access is only available by EC Shuttle Bus for this event.) ・Shuttle buses headed to Shukunegi on Aug. 18 can be used by anyone, even if you have not bought a ticket for the "Ogi Folk Performing Arts at Shukunegi Community Hall" event.

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Local Bus Services

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 route maps. (Japanese website, English translation available)

Sado Island Transport Inquiries

Niigata Kotsu Sado (Local Bus Services) Tel. 0259-57-5114 (9:00-17:20) Contact Form Niigata Kotsu Sado Web

Self-Drive (Rental Car, Private Car)

Rental Car

Rental cars are ideal for small groups or families with children, offering you the freedom to travel between EC events and your accommodation without adhering to timetables. We recommend booking rental cars for EC as early as possible because demand is very high in summer on Sado Island, especially during EC, but the number of rental cars available is limited.

■Ogi Area

Sado Rent-a-Car Ogi Branch Tel. +81 0259-86-3010

■Ogi Area

Island Rent-a-Car (Japanese) Tel. +81 0259-23-2455 Kigaru ni Rent-a-Car (Japanese) Tel. +81 0259-58-8031 Sado Kisen Kanko Rent-a-Car (Japanese) Tel. +81 0259-27-5195 Times Car Rental Sado Ryotsu Branch Tel. +81 0259-24-7211 Toyota Car Rental Sado Branch Tel. +81 0259-27-2100 Nippon Rent-a-Car Sado Branch Tel. +81 0259-23-4020 Watanabe Sansho Rent-a-Car (Japanese) Tel. +81 0259-27-5705

■Kuninaka Area

H.S. Rent-a-Car Tel. +81 0120-66-2170 Toki Rent-a-Car (Japanese) Tel. +81 0259-51-4500

Private Car

You can bring your own car to Sado Island using the regular car ferry services. This is a popular choice for small groups, families, and people with a lot of camping gear and luggage. Having a car during your stay gives you the freedom to explore Sado Island easily during and around EC. For further info about bringing your car to Sado Island, please visit the Sado Kisen website. Approximate self-drive travel times on Sado Island

Approximate self-drive travel times on Sado Island

Electric Bike Rental

Sado Tourism Association will be renting out electric bicycles during EC. To book one, visit the Minami Sado Tourist Information Center (Marine Plaza Ogi / EC Information Centre) 1F.

Sado Tourism Association Tel. 0259-27-5000 (Mon.–Fri. 8:30–17:00) Sado Tourism Association form

Eco-friendly bicycles

Sightseeing Taxi

This option is recommended for small groups or for those who want to enjoy various areas of Sado Island other than Ogi (EC’s main venue). In addition to the sample courses, customized courses can be arranged if you have places you would like to visit during EC. Early reservations are recommended as this is a busy time of year for the island.

Niigata Kotsu Sado Taxi Division (Japanese, English machine translation) Tel. +81 0259-57-5123 Ebisu Kanko Taxi  Tel. +81 0259-23-4116 Minato Taxi (Japanese) Tel. +81 0259-27-2181 Okesa Kanko Taxi (Japanese) Tel. +81 0259-63-3348

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Earth Celebration 2024

AUG. 16

FRI

17

SAT

18

SUN

Ogi, Sado Island, Niigata

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