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, etc.) operating in addition to regular local bus services.

Local Bus Service

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 Sado Island Bus timetable and route maps. (Japanese website, English translation available)

The following are useful bus routes for travel between EC venues. Click each route to see the timetable.

EC All-Day Bus Pass

Travel as much as you like for one or more days with an all-day pass valid on EC shuttle bus services (Charter, Express, Ogi Loop Bus), and local bus services. It’s a great deal!


1-Day Pass / Adults 2,000 yen, Children 1,000 yen

2-Day Pass / Adults 3,000 yen, Children 1,500 yen

3-Day Pass / Adults 4,000 yen, Children 2,000 yen

Valid Between

Aug. 15 (Thu)–Aug. 20 (Tue)

On Sale

Aug. 15 (Thu)–Aug. 18 (Sun)

Available at

Marine Plaza Ogi (EC Info Centre)

i-Port (Sado Information Centre)

Tourist Information Center, Niigata Kotsu Sado Main Branch (inside Sawata Bus Station)

Ryotsu Tourist Information Center

Minami Sado Tourist Information Center

Aikawa Tourist Information Center

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 All-Day Bus Passes can be used on EC Charter & Express Buses. However, please note that Sado’s local bus free pass is not valid for travel on EC Charter or Express Bus services.

EC Charter Buses and Express Buses are convenient for:

  •  travel to/from EC Pre-Event “Sado Takigi Noh Performance”
  • travel between Ryotsu Port and Ogi (EC’s main event area) 
  • travel back to Ryotsu and Aikawa after Harbour Market Concerts
EC Ogi Loop Buses & Other Shuttle Buses

This 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.

Standard local bus fares apply.

The EC Ogi Loop Bus and EC Shuttle Buses are convenient for travel to the following events:

  • Harbour Market Concerts and other events in the Ogi area (markets, Fringe performances, EC Workshops, EC Lecture & Demonstration Series, Sado Experience Program registrations etc.)
  • EC Theatre
  • Tatakokan Special Event “Fun Saturday with Sammy”
  • Affiliated Event “Taiko Experience with Sammy”

Sado Island Transport Inquiries

Niigata Kotsu Sado (Local Bus Services)
Tel. 0259-57-5114 (9:00-17:30)
Fax. 0259-57-2770

EC Charter Bus Reservations (Niigata Kotsu Sado Charter Buses/Sightseeing Dept.)

Tel. 0259-57-5131(9:00–17:30)