Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Northern Honshu(Tohoku)
Travel Period
-
Route
1501
Overview
Start
Sado(Ryotsu)
Goal
Sado(Ryotsu)
Way
day_trip
Travel Pace
busy
Distance
80 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 0
About this route
It is a driving travel itinerary for a day trip to Sado island. The driving distance is about 40-80km and required 4-7hours depends on how many spots you will visit. Most roads in Sado island are narrow and can take time more than expected. It is recommended to choose 3-4 spots where you want to visit to control your itinerary for your ship schedule from/to Niigata port. The highlight of this route is Sado's most famous & important spot "Sado Gold Mine", gorgeous temples such as "Seisuiji Temple" and "Myosenji Temple", and "Osado Skyline road", where you can enjoy a spectacular drive. The recommended meal is seafood. Sado is also famous for its oyster farming. Drive Japan will let you know cafes with a very nice atmosphere too. The best time for self-drive travel in Sado Island is from late April to early November because from mid-November to mid-April, the Osado Skyline road is closed for the winter season, and the ships in between Niigata and Sado island may be suspended due to rough seas. However, the seafood is the most delicious, and fewer tourists, so if you want to enjoy travel at a reasonable price, winter is also a good time to visit. Although you choose to travel by not public transportation but a rental car, the day trip is totally not enough to travel to Sado island. It still takes about 4 hours although you just want to the round trip from Ryotsu Port to Sado Gold Mine via the Osado Skyline road. It is highly recommended to stay two nights if possible.

Sado(Ryotsu)

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Sado(Ryotsu)

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Osado Skyline Observatory

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278 847 455
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Sado Gold Mine

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278 721 573*20
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Seisuiji Temple

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278 592 329*34
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Ryotsu Port(Sado Kisen ferry terminal)

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Nippon Rent a Car(Sado branch)

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278 892 556*57
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Senkakuwan Bay

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663 315 825
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Kitazawa Flotation Plant

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663 134 067
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Kyomachi Chaya

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Cafe de Cattleya

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663 104 492*50
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Otowa Pond

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278 815 182*16
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Osado Skyline Observatory

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278 847 455
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Exchange Centre Hakuundai

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278 880 370
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Sado Gold Mine

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278 721 573*20
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Shimaya Cafe

restaurant
278 674 126*70
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Fruit&Cafe Saito

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278 681 237*10
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Seisuiji Temple

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278 592 329*34
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Chokokuji Temple

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278 500 642*46
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Ogura Senmaida rice terrace

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278 444 158*26
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Myosenji Temple

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278 495 245*35
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Toki Forest Park

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278 740 116
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Day. 1Sado(Ryotsu) to Sado(Ryotsu)
This day will travel around the center area of Sado island. Mileage is about 40-80km and required 4-7hours depends on the number of spots you will visit. If you need to return your car and take the ferry on this day, please control your schedule. The first destination is "Osado Skyline Observatory(大佐渡スカイライン展望駐車場)" located Osado skyline road which is the most scenic road on Sado island. After enjoy driving the road, you can reach "Sado Gold Mine(佐渡金山)" where is the most famous and important spot for Sado. You can enjoy walking in the old mine and learn how this Gold Mine affected not only Sado island but also the whole of Japan history. Just 2km away from the gold mine, "Kitazawa Flotation Plant(北沢浮遊選鉱場跡)" is also must-visit spot. If you still have time, "Myosenji Temple(妙宣寺)" and "Seisuiji Temple(清水寺)" are also worth visiting. You'll be amazed at how gorgeous the temple is, disproportionate to the remote island Sado.
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Route numberStart cityGoal cityWayTravel PaceDistanceRankHighway feeDetail
201NiigataNiigataday_tripbusy100 km¥ 0check
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