A Travel Price Comparison for Japan Kobe vs. Sado for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kobe or Sado?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Kobe and Sado. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Kobe or Sado?

Kobe

Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is a port city in Japan also considered to be one of the country's most attractive. Though it was devastated by a historic earthquake in 1995, known locally as the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Kobe has fully recovered to its cosmopolitan splendor with plenty for visitors to see and do.

Sado

Sado Island, Japan is located just off the coast of Niigata and is an old gold mining town that has since developed into a quiet summer holiday destination. The island is home to two mountain ranges, O-Sado in the north and Ko-sado in the south, with the popular Kuninaka plain in between the mountain ranges. With the remoteness of the island, it has become a popular destination for tourists to experience old Japan and get away from the busy mainland.

Which city is cheaper, Sado or Kobe?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Kobe is $88, while the average daily cost in Sado is $53. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Kobe and Sado in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kobe $52
    Sado $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kobe $104
    Sado $50

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kobe $11
    Sado $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kobe

Also for Kobe, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Kobe Airport to/from Kobe City: One-Way Shared Transfer: $42
  • Private Arrival Transfer From Kobe Airport to Kobe City: $96
  • Private Departure Transfer Kobe City to Kobe International Airport: $96
  • Private departure transfer from Kobe City & Arima Onsen to Kansai Airport: $139
  • Kobe Airport Transfers : Kobe Airport UKB to Kobe City in Business Car: $142
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Kobe Airport UKB to Kobe City in Business Car: $142
  • Osaka (Itami) Airport: Private Transfer to/from Kobe City: $149
  • Kobe Airport Transfers : Kobe City to Kobe Airport UKB in Business Car: $150
  • Departure Private Transfers from Kobe City to Kobe Airport UKB in Business Car: $150
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Kobe Airport UKB to Kobe City in Business Van: $174
  • Departure Private Transfers from Kobe City to Kobe Airport UKB in Business Van: $185
  • Kobe Airport Transfers : Kobe Airport UKB to Kobe City in Business Van: $185

Is it cheaper to fly into Kobe or Sado?

Prices for flights to both Sado and Kobe change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Kobe $26
    Sado $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sado

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Sado.

  • Cooking the finest rice balls using salt and rice from Sado: $20
  • Picking up bamboo shoots and cooking, Mt. Donden spring walk: $121

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kobe $20
    Sado $7.21

Tours and Activities in Kobe

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Kobe.

  • Private Walking Tour with Local Guide: $68
  • Private And Personalized Experience: See Kobe With A Local: $83
  • Private Tour - Experience Hot Spring Culture of 1400 years - Arima Onsen: $98
  • Private Tour - Learn How to Make sake, and Taste it! Discover sake Culture!: $103
  • Kobe Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide: $103
  • PrivateTour - A Fashionable Up-to-Date Tour for Girls in Kobe!: $108
  • Private Tour - Visit Popular and Innovative Industries Established in Kobe!: $113
  • Private Tour - Let's Enjoy Handicrafts in Kobe, Find the Craftsman in You!: $113
  • Private Tour - Stroll Around an Art Town in Kobe with Many Architectures: $118
  • Seasonal Private Tour - A Leisure Tour to Feel Nature at a Mountain in Kobe!: $123
  • 4-Hour Multicultural Kobe Walking Tour with Genuine Kobe Beef: $126
  • Kobe Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide: $129

Tours and Activities in Sado

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Sado are as follows:

  • Bike Tour in Sado with a Local Guide: $35
  • SADO ISLAND private cycling tour in Shukunegi and Ogi: $108
  • Unique tour of picking up Bamboo shoots, taste experience: $69

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kobe $7.32
    Sado $57

Sample the Local Flavors in Kobe

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Kobe:

  • Private Tour: Visit Nada Sake Brewery from Kobe: $566


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kobe and Sado, we can see that Kobe is more expensive. And not only is Sado much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sado would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sado and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Kobe would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kobe than you might in Sado.


When is the best time to visit Kobe or Sado?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Kobe or Sado in the Summer?

Both Sado and Kobe during the summer are popular places to visit.

In the summer, Kobe is a little warmer than Sado. Typically, the summer temperatures in Kobe in July are around 27°C (80°F), and Sado is about 23°C (74°F).

In the summer, Kobe often gets less sunshine than Sado. Kobe gets 183 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sado receives 198 hours of full sun.

Sado gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Kobe. Kobe usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Sado. Kobe gets 157 mm (6.2 in) of rain, while Sado receives 161 mm (6.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Kobe 27°C (80°F) 
    Sado 23°C (74°F)

Should I visit Kobe or Sado in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Kobe and Sado.

In October, Kobe is generally a little warmer than Sado. Temperatures in Kobe average around 18°C (65°F), and Sado stays around 16°C (60°F).

Kobe usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Sado during autumn. At this time of the year, Kobe gets 159 hours of sunny skies, while Sado receives 155 hours of full sun.

Sado receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Kobe gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Kobe usually receives less rain than Sado. At this time of the year, Kobe gets 102 mm (4 in) of rain, while Sado receives 127 mm (5 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Kobe 18°C (65°F) 
    Sado 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Kobe or Sado in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Kobe as well as Sado.

Sado can be very cold during winter. Kobe is much warmer than Sado in the winter. The temperature in Kobe is usually 5°C (42°F) in January, and Sado stays around 3°C (37°F).

In the winter, Kobe often gets more sunshine than Sado. Kobe gets 140 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sado receives 65 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Sado. Kobe usually gets less rain in January than Sado. Kobe gets 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Sado receives 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Kobe 5°C (42°F) 
    Sado 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Kobe or Sado in the Spring?

Both Sado and Kobe are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In the spring, Kobe is a little warmer than Sado. Typically, the spring temperatures in Kobe in April are around 15°C (58°F), and Sado is about 10°C (51°F).

Kobe usually receives less sunshine than Sado during spring. At this time of the year, Kobe gets 176 hours of sunny skies, while Sado receives 194 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Sado. It's quite rainy in Kobe. In April, Kobe usually receives more rain than Sado. At this time of the year, Kobe gets 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Sado receives 102 mm (4 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Kobe 15°C (58°F) 
    Sado 10°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Sado and Kobe

Kobe Sado
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 5°C (42°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 3°C (37°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Feb 5°C (42°F) 51 mm (2 in) 3°C (37°F) 102 mm (4 in)
Mar 9°C (47°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 5°C (41°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Apr 15°C (58°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 10°C (51°F) 102 mm (4 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 143 mm (5.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 219 mm (8.6 in) 19°C (66°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
Jul 27°C (80°F) 157 mm (6.2 in) 23°C (74°F) 161 mm (6.3 in)
Aug 28°C (83°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 25°C (78°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 167 mm (6.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 161 mm (6.3 in)
Oct 18°C (65°F) 102 mm (4 in) 16°C (60°F) 127 mm (5 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 65 mm (2.5 in) 11°C (51°F) 159 mm (6.3 in)
Dec 8°C (46°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 6°C (43°F) 162 mm (6.4 in)


Related Articles for Kobe
Related Articles for Sado

Budget Your Trip

Budget Your Trip has average travel costs for thousands of cities around the world, all provided by other travelers. You can also register to organize your spending by category and location with graphs, maps, charts, and tables.

Share This Page
Pin This Page
Kobe vs. Sado Travel Comparison

Some of the links on this website are sponsored or affiliate links which help to financially support this site. By clicking the link and making a purchase, we may receive a small commission, but this does not affect the price of your purchase.