Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Northern Honshu(Tohoku)
Travel Period
2D1N
Route
1502
Overview
Start
Sado(Ryotsu)
Goal
Sado(Ryotsu)
Way
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Travel Pace
busy
Distance
210 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 0
About this route
2 days 1 night round trip driving route, which you can drive most of the highlights of Sado island. The driving distance is about 180km for 2days. Daily driving distance seems not long but most roads in Sado island are narrow and can take time more than expected. Please be careful to control your itinerary for your ship schedule from/to Niigata port. There are accommodations around the center part of the island but we recommend staying around Ryotsu Port, where the ferry terminal is located, and in the Aikawa area near the Sado Gold Mine, where you can enjoy hot springs. The highlight of this route is Sado's most famous & important spot "Sado Gold Mine", gorgeous temples such as "Seisuiji Temple" and "Myosenji Temple", "Shukunegi", a village of shipbuilders and traders, 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. This route covers many highlights in two days, but depending on the schedule of the ship, it may be difficult to visit all the places you want to visit, so choose the places you want to visit in advance. It is strongly recommended to stay at least two nights if you want to enjoy Sado island with enough time.

Sado(Ryotsu)

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Sado(Ryotsu)

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Sado Nishimikawa Goldpark

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278 215 418
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Yajima and Kyojima

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782 197 641
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Shukunegi village

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782 194 345*75
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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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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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Iwakubi rice field observatory

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Myosenji Temple

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278 495 245*35
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Shimafumi Bakery & Cafe

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278 367 399*05
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Sado Nishimikawa Goldpark

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278 215 418
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Dagayasudo

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278 130 683*81
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Rengebuji Temple

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278 005 000
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Yajima and Kyojima

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782 197 641
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Kotoura Cave(Ryuo Cave)

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782 195 228*12
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Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum

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782 194 535*18
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Shukunegi village

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782 194 345*75
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Toki Forest Park

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278 740 116
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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

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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 head to Southend of the Sado Island. Mileage is about 100km. This itinerary is required about 5-7 hours depends on the number of spots you will visit. Please control your schedule. The first destination is "Sado Nishimikawa Goldpark(佐渡西三川ゴールドパーク)". Sado island itself is famous for its gold and you can try the gold panning experience. After 15km of driving, you can visit "Yajima and Kyojima(矢島経島)". This is a beautiful cove that provides a "Taraibune boat experience". It is also nice to walk around the cove too. The best highlight is "Shukunegi village(宿根木)" where is a small but unique fisherman's village. Because all the houses here were built by ship's carpenter, the village has a very unique atmosphere. You can see inside of some houses too. On the way back to your accommodation, there is a very nice atmosphere cafe. Relax and enjoy nice bread with panoramic scenery.
Rent a car at Sado(Ryotsu)
Stay at Sado(Ryotsu)
Sado island is smaller than Honshu island(main land Japan). Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas and it is no problem which area you stay inn unless you travel with rental car. [1]Ryotsu Some inns concentrate around lake Kamo(加茂湖) on the east side of the island. It is near to Ryotsu Port(Sado Kisen ferry terminal) and Sado Airport. Most inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels and Japanese Ryokans. [2]Aikawa Aikawa is a small onsen town located west side of the island. There are 3 to 4 star Onsen Ryokans. Sado Gold Mine which is the most famous and recommended sightseeing spot in the island located near and convenient to visit. However, please take note that it takes 50min to Ryotsu port by car. Not many restaurants in Sado island open till late. It is recommended to book a plan with dinner and breakfast. Most of the accommodations in both Ryotsu and Aikawa have their own free parking.
Day. 2Sado(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.
Return a car at Sado(Ryotsu)

Check Other 2D1N Northern Honshu(Tohoku) Route

Route numberStart cityGoal cityWayTravel PaceDistanceRankHighway feeDetail
202NiigataNiigatareturn_triprelaxing200 km¥ 0check
205NiigataNiigatareturn_tripbusy220 km¥ 0check
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