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Sado Steamship

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Slower than the jetfoil but funnier

We took this ferry ship back from Sado to Niigata and it was much enjoyable as we could walk around... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Sophie C
Paris, France
via mobile
2 hours and half to Sado

Tokiwa going to Sado is newer and more gorgeous than Okesa coming back to Niigata. 2 hours and half... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2017
Kawasaki, Japan
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  • Average25%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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353 Ryotsuminato, Sado 952-0014, Niigata Prefecture
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Reviewed 14 July 2018

Boeing Jetfoil literally flies over the water and connects Niigata on the Japanese mainland to Sado Island in just 60 minutes. It is smooth and fast. Seats are like those in the aircraft and very comfortable for 60 minutes trip. Although you can get to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank eagle32016
Reviewed 23 April 2018

We visited Sado Island for the day but couldn't visit the attractions we wanted to see as too far away. Local buses/loop bus totally unreliable and don't match ferry timetable (we went on Jetfoil which takes about 45-60 mins from Niigata). Visit tourist information centre...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sue B
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

We do not speak much Japanese, but we had no problem communicating at the ticket counter. The service is excellent and direction of lining up to drive into the boat clear and exact. The ferry both going and retiring to the mainland were clean and...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank semanticvision
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

We took this ferry ship back from Sado to Niigata and it was much enjoyable as we could walk around and outside, and see and feed the seagulls following the ship. Obviously an option to take when it does not rain. It's also cheaper than...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Sophie C
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Tokiwa going to Sado is newer and more gorgeous than Okesa coming back to Niigata. 2 hours and half was not long and I could relax in a first class chair seat(US$30 one way ) which should be much better than 2nd though I cannot...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Keizo
Reviewed 6 May 2017

When I arrived at the Ferry terminal in Niigate, I was met by 2 gentlemen from Sado Kison who annonced that the ferry service was cancelled. I was later looked after by a charming lady from the company Michiko Saito, who kindly telephoned my Ryokan...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank John R
Reviewed 8 April 2017

very modern ship for cars and passengers,4-6 times a day between Niigata and Ryotsu city. also fats bouta available

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Urszula15
Reviewed 11 July 2016

You can choose the kind of room you want even the cheapest one is comfortable. (you kinda picnic on the raised step mat floor with blanket. you can enjoy food or sleep) . Another thing you should not miss is feeding the seagull with shrimp...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Chalisa W
Reviewed 12 June 2016

The atmosphere on the ferry is very homy, There are no seats but everybody just lay down relaxingly. The on and off the boat is efficient and the views along the way are good with a lot of sea gulls accompanying the ferry

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank kingmak
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