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) operating in addition to regular local bus services.

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 Charter Buses (Reservations required)
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)
Reservations Accepted: June 20 (Mon) ー July 31 (Sun)
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, Ogi ➞ Aikawa

EC Ogi Loop Bus & Other Shuttle Buses

The loop bus will run between the main venue located areas (Ogi – Shukunegi – Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan)) during the EC period.
The shuttle bus services are convenient for travel between Ogi, where the main EC events take place, Sobama Campground, and other lodging facilities nearby.

EC Ogi Loop Bus

Other Shuttle Buses

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. 0259-52-3200 (9:00-17:00)
Contact Form
Niigata Kotsu Sado Website

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)