Our Experience in Riding Car Ferry to and from Sado Island, Niigata Japan
It was more than 6 months since our last travel because of the pandemic COVID 19. Not until the seven birth date of our first son came, we decided to give him a birthday trip to Sado Island. There are still lots of COVID 19 patients at the center of Japan, Tokyo but less here in our province. We love the beach especially our children so we thought that Sado Island just near our town is perfect for our short vacation. Sado Island is famous also as this is the second-largest island of Japan. We stayed there for two days and one night during weekends. We left our house by 5:30 in the morning and arrived at the Sado port before 6 AM. Upon entering the port it is required to wear the masks right from the entrance. The ferry staff check also our body temperature in compliance with Coronavirus travel safety. One with a fever is not allowed to enter or ride into the ship going to Sado Island. The lines when we arrived at the port are almost crowded. Before the date of our trip, my husband did an online reservation and presented all the documentation needed for our cars, such as insurance and registration. We will be using the car at Sado Island during our tour there so we will bring it into the car ferry together with us.
I’m going to explain our experience first from the time we go to Sado Island from Niigata City. This is the start of our trip.
To book your Sado Car ferry click on this Sado Kisen website accepting regular passenger service between the Niigata Prefecture on mainland Japan to Sado Island off the west coast of the country. There are currently two return routes in operation, these link Niigata with Ryotsu and also Ogi with Naoetsu. All the requirements are indicated when you booked. When it comes to the budget we spent roughly around 70,000Yen during our Sado Island bookings, inclusive of hotels, gasoline, etc.
My family has brought a few foods for our breakfast and just ate it inside our car.
To be honest this is my first time that I experienced this kind of Car Ferry and it was so cool and so amazing for me. I never see a car Ferry in the Phillippines like this. It’s so funny but I find it so awesome like what I used to watch from a movie. 🙂 Staff maintains the proper arrangement of the cars and the drivers too are very disciplined in following the instructions of the car ferry staff.
After we park our cars we pick out luggage we planned to use for 3 hours of sailing in the ocean. We went up slowly in line with the other passengers.
If in case you are hungry there are a lot of stores inside the ferry too in addition to vending machines.
After three hours of sailing, we arrived smoothly at the port os Sado Island. All the passengers head back to their cars and waited for the signal of the staff to get off the ferry. Just like going in, going out is just so breezy and hassle-free.
Our Return to Niigata City from Sado Port. This is the end of our trip.
Before the second day ends, we need to go back to our house. The departure of our ferry is scheduled at 7 PM. After touring the Sado Island and nowhere to go by 3 PM we decided to go to Sado Port to wait for our departure. Just beside the port is a shopping mall where passengers can buy omiyage or something authentic things or snacks from Sado Island and restaurants to have a meal just before the departure. We made sure to comply with the safety protocols when we go back to Niigata with regards to COVID-19 pandemic.
The following are the foods we ate at Sado port restaurant;
After we had our dinner we saw the Tourist Information which is just inside the Sado terminal.
The time comes that we need to leave the Sado Island, the process was just the same when we went to the island. It was so fast and easy riding the car ferry. The entrance is from the front side of the ferry and will get off at the back part of the ship.
Going back to Niigata is a little bit different as we booked the suite room for the family to get a better rest. The price of the suite room for 3 hours of stay while sailing in the ocean is 10,000 Yen.
We arrived at Niigata port around 9:30 PM, and 10:30 PM in our house. The whole experience in Sado Island is new to all of us as this is the first time we travel after the pandemic hit worldwide. We followed Safety precautions and our first travel of the year was a success. We enjoyed a lot the places that we visit on Sado Island and we hope to return to the Island in the future.
Our complete tour at Sado Island and what happened will be discussed in a separate blog post. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy it.