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Sado Steam Ship Co., Ltd.
Native name
IndustryPublic Transportation
FoundedFebruary 3, 1913 (1913-02-03)[1]
Area served
Niigata Prefecture

Sado Steam Ship Co., Ltd. (佐渡汽船株式会社, Sado Kisen Kabushiki-gaisha) is a marine transportation company based in Sado, Niigata, Japan, founded on February 3, 1913.

Routes connecting the mainland to Sado Island
Routes connecting the mainland to Sado Island


Sado Steam Ship has two routes which connect the mainland to Sado Island.[2]

Former routes


Niigata port terminal
Niigata port terminal

Sado Steam Ship operates from six terminals.[3][4]

Niigata port terminal
Located in Chūō-ku, Niigata (37°55′47″N 139°03′44″E / 37.9298°N 139.0622°E / 37.9298; 139.0622 (Sado Kisen Niigata Terminal))
Naoetsu port terminal
Located in Jōetsu (37°10′57″N 138°15′03″E / 37.1825°N 138.2508°E / 37.1825; 138.2508 (Sado Kisen Naoetsu Terminal))
Teradomari port terminal
Located in Nagaoka (37°38′25″N 138°45′45″E / 37.6404°N 138.7624°E / 37.6404; 138.7624 (Sado Kisen Teradomari Terminal))
Ryotsu port terminal
Located in Sado (38°04′54″N 138°26′18″E / 38.0816°N 138.4382°E / 38.0816; 138.4382 (Sado Kisen Ryotsu Terminal))
Ogi port terminal
Located in Sado (37°48′58″N 138°16′57″E / 37.8162°N 138.2824°E / 37.8162; 138.2824 (Sado Kisen Ogi Terminal))
Akadomari port terminal
Located in Sado (37°52′00″N 138°24′44″E / 37.8666°N 138.4123°E / 37.8666; 138.4123 (Sado Kisen Akadomari Terminal))


As of December 2016, the following ships are in service.[5]

Name Type Gross tonnage Speed Passenger capacity Route In service from
Ginga Jetfoil - 47 kn 250 Niigata 1986
Tsubasa 1989
Suisei 1991
Tokiwa-maru Car ferry 5,380 t 19.1 kn 1,500 Niigata 2014
Okesa-maru 5,862 t 23.4 kn 1,705 Niigata 1993
Akane High-speed car ferry 5,702 t 30 kn 628 Naoetsu 2015
Aibisu High-speed ferry 263 t 25 kn 216 Teradomari 2005


  1. ^ "Top page". Sado Steam Ship. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. ^ "All about Sado Island". MIJ International. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Info on getting to ports". Sado Official Tourist Information. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Passenger Guidance". Sado Steam Ship. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Ship Guidance". Sado Steam Ship. Retrieved 2 December 2016.