Access Tokyo & Osaka to Sado Island

Sado Island looks very far from Tokyo & Osaka on Japan map, but is actually easy access to go.

You can see some easy ways to go to the island here.

*The airport in Sado Island is NOT available

Tokyo to Sado Island(Ryotsu Port)

  1. Tokyo Station ⇒ Niigata Station
    ↓ By bullet train(Shinkansen), about 2h20min
    ◆Bullet train(Shinkansen) info
    *If you use JR East or West Pass, you can get a special discounted ticket including ferry & bus services.
    ↓ or By airplane, about 1h10min *Only 1 flight a day 
    ◆Niigata Airport info
    ↓ or By highway bus, about 6h ◆Highway bus info
    ↓ or By car, about 4-5h
  2. Niigata Station ⇒ Niigata Port, by local bus or taxi, about 10-15min
    *Go to No.3 bus stop at the Bandai exit
  3. Niigata Port ⇒ Sado Island(Ryotsu Port), by boat below
    ◆Sado Kisen info
      - Car ferry:About 2h20min
      - Jetfoil/Speed boat:About 1h

Tokyo to Sado Island(Naoetsu Port)

  1. Tokyo Station ⇒ Naoetsu Station
    ↓ By bullet train(Shinkansen), about 3h30min
    *Tokyo Station(Hokuriku Shinkansen) ⇒ Jōetsumyōkō Station(Myoko Haneuma Line) ⇒ Naoetsu Station
    *If you use JR East or West Pass, you can get a special discounted ticket including ferry & bus services.
    ◆Bullet train(Shinkansen) info
    ↓ or By highway bus, about 6h ◆Highway bus info
    ↓ or By car, about 3h
  2. Naoetsu Station ⇒ Naoetsu Port, by local bus or taxi, about 25min
  3. Naoetsu Port ⇒ Sado Island(Naoetsu), by boat below
    ◆Sado Kisen info
      Jetfoil/Speed boat:About 1h40min 
      *Only 1 boat a day

Osaka to Sado Island(Ryotsu Port)

  1. Itami Airport ⇒ Niigata Airport
    ↓ By airplane, about 1h *10 flights a day 
    ◆Niigata Airport info
    ↓ or By bullet train(Shinkansen), about 4h30min
    *Shin-Osaka Station(Tokaido Shinkansen) ⇒ Tokyo Station(Jōetsu Shinkansen) ⇒ Niigata Station 
    *If you use JR East or West Pass, you can get a special discounted ticket including ferry & bus services.
    ◆Bullet train(Shinkansen) info
    ↓ or By highway bus, about 9h **Only 1 flight a day from Osaka(Hankyuumeda)
    ◆Highway bus info
    ↓ or By car, about 6-7h
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  2. Niigata Station ⇒ Niigata Port, by local bus or taxi, about 10-15min
    *Go to No.3 bus stop at the Bandai exit
  3. Niigata Port ⇒ Sado Island(Ryotsu Port), by boat below
    ◆Sado Kisen info
      - Car ferry:About 2h20min
      - Jetfoil/Speed boat:About 1h

Osaka to Sado Island(Naoetsu Port)

  1. Osaka Station ⇒ Naoetsu Station
    ↓ By bullet train(Shinkansen), about 3h30min *Osaka Station(Thunderbird Express) ⇒ Kanazawa Station(Hokuriku Shinkansen) ⇒ Jōetsumyōkō Station(Myoko Haneuma Line) ⇒ Naoetsu Station
    *If you use JR East or West Pass, you can get a special discounted ticket including ferry & bus services.
    ◆Bullet train(Shinkansen) info
    ↓ or By highway bus, about 7h30min
    ◆Highway bus info 
    *Osaka(Momoyamadai Station) ⇒ South Exit at Naoetsu Station
    ↓ or By car, about 6h
  2. Naoetsu Station ⇒ Naoetsu Port, by local bus or taxi, about 25min
  3. Naoetsu Port ⇒ Sado Island(Naoetsu), by boat below
    ◆Sado Kisen info
      Jetfoil/Speed boat:About 1h40min 
      *Only 1 boat a day

The easiest way is to come from Tokyo or Osaka by bullet train or airplane.

However, number of flights is limited, so to take bullet train might be more convenient for you.

During the peak seasons in Japan including Golden Week, from the end of Apr to the beginning of May, and Summer Holidays from the end of Jul to the end of Aug, I recommended that you make reservation for bullet train and airplane in advance.

*If you use JR East or West Pass, you can get a special discounted ticket including ferry & bus services. For more information, please check here.