Sado Island – Moderate

Sado Island, located in the Sea of Japan, is a perfect destination to discover the unspoiled beauty of Japan. After spending the first two days riding in rustic farm lands in Niigata, we go on a voyage to the Island. We ride on quiet roads amid beautiful rice paddies, along coasts and through fishing villages. Despite its remote location, Sado Island is a treasure house of culture as it was an island of exile for intellectuals in the medieval times. We plan to include some extra-curricular activities such as Japanese drum lesson, pottery making lesson, and a ride on a taraibune (tub boat).  Savor excellent foods prepared with freshest seafood, excellent rice and farm produces. 

  • Meet/Depart:  Tokyo/Tokyo
  • Trip Length:  7 days 6nights
  • Level:  MODERATE
  • Price per Person:  300,000JPY (2019 tours) / 310,000JPY (2020 tours)  (for currency converter click HERE)
  • Single Supplement:  20,000JPY
  • Road Bike Rental:  5,000JPY
  • Ave. Temperature (High/Low) :  June 23/16C (73/60F)   October 20/13C (68/55F)
  • Minimum number of guests required for guaranteed departure: 4
2019 October 6-12 G

2020 June 12-18 / October 4-10

: Guaranteed departure

  • Ride on spectacular coastal roads on this remote island
  • Stay at charming ryokans (Japanese-style inns)
  • Gourmet food featuring freshest seafood
  • Visit a traditional local festival in Hamochi – a truly unique experience (June departure only)
  • A variety of cultural activities including Japanese drumming and pottery making
  • All lodgings on a twin-share basis. A limited number of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge on most tours. If you are a single traveler, please inquire for room availability and a single supplemental charge.
  • Meals (6 breakfasts and 6 dinners. Lunch is not included.)
  • Guide and van support
  • Rental cross bike (or road bike with a supplemental fee of 5,000yen). If you would like to rent a road bike, please ask for availability in advance.
  • Any ground/ocean transportation (except for private taxis)
  • Fee for Japanese drum lesson, pottery making lesson and a ride on taraibune (tub boat).
  • Oka Tours custom cycling jersey and a water bottle.

Trip Itinerary

Meet at the Tokyo train station  in the morning and transfer to Nagaoka by the Shinkansen (bullet train; takes about 2 hours). Our warm up ride starts in Nagaoka, following quiet back roads out of the city that eventually lead to beautiful countryside.  Our ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) for the first night is a rustic wooden building situated in a small valley, and has onsen (natural hot spring bath). (Dinner included)

After breakfast we hit the road to Niigata, one of the first five Japanese ports opened for foreign trade after the end of National Seclusion in 19th century. We ride through rice fields and then along the Shinano-gawa River. In the afternoon we finish our ride in the outskirts of Niigata city and take a water shuttle to downtown Niigata. In the evening, we go out for dinner in Furumachi (the old town district). We stay at a western-style hotel. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Following breakfast, we set off for a journey from the port of Niigata to Sado Island by a ferry. Once on Sado Island, after a short transfer by van from Ryotsu port to Hatano we start cycling downhill on quiet road and then ride along the coastline towards Shukunegi. Our ryokan for the next two days is a beautiful conversion of an old Japanese house. (Breakfast and dinner included)
In the morning, we cycle around cape Sawasaki and its surrounding areas, along magnificent coastline and hills. We spend the afternoon in Shukunegi, a picturesque preserved village that prospered from ship building and shipping business during the Edo period (17th to 19th centuries). Today’s program includes a variety of activities including Japanese drumming with an instructor from Kodo, and ride on a taraibune (tub boat). (Breakfast and dinner included)
We head north through peaceful hills and fields in the morning. En route we swing by a local festival in Hamochi town. If we are lucky we can see an interesting fertility dance called Tsuburosashi there. We then visit a Buddhist temple with stunning buildings and a garden. After lunch we ride along the western coast of the island. Our destination is Aikawa, which prospered from its gold mine during the Edo period (17th to 19th centuries). We stay at a ryokan with onsen. (Breakfast and dinner included)
In the morning we spend time taking a pottery making lesson followed by a visit to the old gold mine to see what it used to be like in old days. Then we ride in a region of the most dynamic and magnificent landscape of the island through rolling hills along the coastline passing fishing villages, which include some steep climbs and spectacular down hills. We stay at a comfortable inn situated on a cliff near Futatsugame (two turtle-shaped giant rocks) enjoying stunning ocean views. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Following breakfast, we leave Sado Island and return to Niigata by jetfoil. Once at the Niigata train station, it is time to say goodbye to your leader/guide. You take the Shinkansen (bullet train), and arrive in Tokyo in the early evening. (Breakfast included)