1 day itinerary

Sado 1 day itinerary (Tarai boats & Shukunegi)

After exploring a valuable temple in the mountains, head for Shukunegi, a popular area on Sado Island. Walk through the historic town along the shore and try out the famous tarai boats!

Day 1

Ryotsu Port ( 09:00 AM ~ 09:00 AM )
Seisui-ji Temple ( 09:30 AM ~ 10:00 AM )
Rengebu-ji Temple ( 10:50 AM ~ 11:30 AM )
Yajima Taiken Koryukan ( 11:50 AM ~ 12:30 PM )
Shukunegi ( 12:40 PM ~ 02:30 PM )
Sadokoku Ogi Folk Museum ( 02:40 PM ~ 03:20 PM )
Ogi Port ( 04:00 PM ~ 04:00 PM )

Day 1 - Sado

09:00 AM 09:00 AM   -   Ryotsu Port

Ferries from the mainland including Niigata arrive here. Within the facilities, there are a tourist information center and a rental car store. To rent a car requires prior reservations.

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Business Hours Everyday ( 04:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )

There may be changes depending on the conditions of arrival and departure for the ferries
Address 353, Ryotsuminato, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-27-5111

09:30 AM 10:00 AM   -   Seisui-ji Temple

Walk up the sando path lined with cedar trees to reach this mysterious temple. Although small, it is a historic temple where you can see the ancient stone steps and the main shrine built on top of the plateau like a stage.

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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

Open to visitors
Address 124-1 Niiboono, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-22-2167

10:50 AM 11:30 AM   -   Rengebu-ji Temple

A serene 9th-century temple surrounded by mountains. View flowers that bloom throughout all four seasons and take a walk through the grounds that have merged the temple with nature.

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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address 182 Kobie, Sado, Niigata Rengebuji See map
Telephone 0259-86-2530
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0123/

11:50 AM 12:30 PM   -   Yajima Taiken Koryukan

Head for Minami-Sado as one of the major popular areas on the island. At the Yajima Experience & Exchange Center, you can get on the traditional tarai boats of Minami-Sado. If you have time, a walk on Kojima is also recommended where you can experience the tranquil sea and the island environment.

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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

November - March
Oct. 21th of every year
Price Adults: 500 JPY
Child: 300 JPY
Address 365-1 Ogi, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-86-2992
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0039/

12:40 PM 02:30 PM   -   Shukunegi

Take a walk through the old port town which bustled with large junk boats coming and going during the Edo Era. Explore famous places such as Seikuro-no-Ie, a historic house built by shipwrights, Kaneko Ie and Sankaku-no-Ie. You can enjoy the stroll through the narrow lanes that make up the town.
The teahouse Sabo Yamashita is popular for its pasta dishes in Shukunegi. Having lunch here is suggested.

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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )

Seikurou House, closed from mid-November (undetermined) to March 31st
Price Admission to enter Shukunegi private houses
Seikurou House: Adults 400 yen Children 200 yen
Address Shukunegi, Sado-shi, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-86-3200
Website https://www.visitsado.com/en/spot/detail0121/

02:40 PM 03:20 PM   -   Sadokoku Ogi Folk Museum

Head over to the museum where one of the sengokubune junk ships which fueled the development of Shukunegi has been completely restored. In addition to the display of the ship, there are many other valuable historical exhibits including the implements of fishermen from the old days and daily goods.

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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )


March-November open every day
December-February Mondays are closed
New Year’s holidays 12/29-1/3
Price Adults: 500 YEN
Child: 200 YEN
The children’s admission includes junior high school students
Address 270-2 Shukunegi, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-86-2604

04:00 PM 04:00 PM   -   Ogi Port

A port which links Sado with Naoetsu on the mainland. After returning the rental car, take the 4:30PM ferry back to Naoetsu.
Since ferries from Ogi Port may decrease depending on the season, it’s also possible to return to Ryotsu Port instead (the trip back to Ryotsu Port will take about 90 minutes).

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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

Times may change depending on the conditions of arrival and departures of ships
Address 1950 Ogimachi, Sado, Niigata See map
Telephone 0259-86-3110

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By Midori