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Sado, Niigata-ken, Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Sado?

You should plan to spend around $63 (¥9,480) per day on your vacation in Sado. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $23 (¥3,557) on meals
  • $14 (¥2,127) on local transportation
  • $60 (¥9,072) on hotels

A one week trip to Sado for two people costs, on average, $876 (¥132,716). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Sado cost?

A one week trip to Sado usually costs around $438 (¥66,358) for one person and $876 (¥132,716) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Sado on average costs around $876 (¥132,716) for one person and $1,753 (¥265,432) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Sado will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Sado on average costs around $1,878 (¥284,391) for one person and $3,756 (¥568,783) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Sado has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Sado expensive to visit?

Sado is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Japan, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Sado is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Jinghong or Ayutthaya.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Sado Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Sado?

The average Sado trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Sado travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

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Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥9,072 ($60)
Local Transportation 1 ¥2,127 ($14)
Food 2 ¥3,557 ($23)
Entertainment 1 ¥1,292 ($9)
Alcohol 2 ¥5,072 - 15,215 ($33 - 100)
Accommodation Budget in Sado
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Sado is $30 (¥4,536). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Sado is $60 (¥9,072). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Sado

Looking for a hotel in Sado? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Sado based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $167. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Sado
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Sado is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 (¥2,127) per person, per day, on local transportation in Sado.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Sado
How much does it cost to go to Sado? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Sado
The price of renting a car in Sado will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Sado
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Sado can vary, the average cost of food in Sado is $23 (¥3,557) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Sado should cost around $9.40 (¥1,423) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Sado is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Sado
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Sado typically cost an average of $8.53 (¥1,292) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Sado
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $67 (¥10,143) on alcoholic beverages in Sado per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Sado On a Budget
Sado Sado Island
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.

Weather on Sado Island tends to be best during summer when the temperature stays in the 70's (Fahrenheit) making it comfortable to be outside all day. Winters tend to be in the low 40's but quite windy and snowy, especially in the mountains. Due to these conditions, getting onto the island can be difficult during the winter due to ferries and public transport being shut down.
A popular, yet bleak, attraction is the Sado Gold Mine where you'll find animatronic figures showing the despair and misery associated with working in the mines. Lift your spirits after the gold mine by taking a scenic walk on the Sotokaifu Coast to see the rocks, cliffs, and gorges that overlook the sea.

Sado is also home to quite a few temples, including a version of the famous Kiyomizudera temple from Kyoto called Seisuji. The temple was built specifically for locals so that they could pray in Kiyomizudera without traveling to Kyoto to do so. When traveling from Mano to Ogi, look out for Nashinoki-jizo, a small spot in the woods that is home to hundreds of small statues that are said to cure the disease of children. At Shukunegi harbor, you'll find traditional wooden houses and stunning views of the sea.
Sado Island is comprised of three main regions: O-Sado, Kuninaka, and Kosado. O-Sado's main city is Aikawa, an old gold mining town. You'll find many tourist attractions here and it is often the main thoroughfare into the O-Sada mountain range. Kuninaka is the most populated area of the island and therefore has the majority of accommodations, restaurants, as well as plenty of temples and other attractions. Kosado is the southern mountain range and home to the city of Ogi, a popular coastal town with many museums and picturesque locations.

Sado hosts many festivals throughout the year, with the most popular being the annual Earth Celebration. The Earth Celebration is an art festival run by the taiko Japanese drumming group Kodo. There are live performances using large O-daiko drums by the Kodo group along with other acoustic concerts throughout the festival. Sado's festivals are famously known for their dances, including the traditional Okesa dance which is simple enough for even tourists to learn!

Hiking the O-sado mountain range is a popular activity and the range has plenty of hiking trails to follow. It is important to note that Mt. Kinpoku requires a permit to walk through as it is occupied by Japan's Self-Defense forces. If you're around during the summer months, you can take a dip in the ocean at Sawata beach or go diving in the Ogi or Senego areas.
Food and Dining
Sado is famous for their fresh seafood, especially the sushi, sashimi, and oysters. If you feel like splurging, try out the famous Sado Beef which comes directly from the fields of Osado. You can find a variety of restaurants on the island, ranging from burger joints to Japanese-Chinese infusions.

While bars and clubs are sparse on the island, sake breweries are definitely not. There are seven breweries in the area, three of which are located in the Mano area on the west coast. Mano is the self-proclaimed independent state of the Alcohol Republic and you can actually get a passport from the Sado tourist office to have stamped at the various breweries.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

The only way to get onto the island is by boat, with the most popular option being the Niigata-Ryotsu ferry since it departs every hour. There are buses that run primarily in the Kuninaka plains area and occasionally connect to points further out around the island. If you plan to do a lot of traveling around the area, you could rent a car. Just keep in mind that some of the coastal roads tend to be extremely windy and should be traveled with caution.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.