Cycling Japan – day 35 – Ryotsu (Sado Island) to Niigata

  • Day 35 – Ryotsu (Sado Island) to Niigata
  • Distance: 6.1km cycling (71.9km including the ferry)
  • Weather: Rainy afternoon
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse Angoso, Niigata, ¥2600
My name on the door

My name on the door

I had ordered breakfast for the earliest sitting at 7am and was treated to a wonderful Japanese affair of salmon, rice, soup, pickles, seaweed and even scrambled eggs.

Breakfast at Hotel New Katsura, Ryotsu, Sado Island

Breakfast at Hotel New Katsura, Ryotsu

The breakfast room at Hotel New Katsura, Ryotsu, Sado Island

The breakfast room at Hotel New Katsura, Ryotsu

I then cycled the few kilometres back to Ryotsu and to the ferry terminal for the 9:15am car ferry to Niigata. The ticket was ¥3,870 including the bike which I could just wheel on. (I never want to have to take it apart and carry it onto a ferry / train!) The ferry ride was smooth and I was able to use wifi the whole way which I was thoroughly impressed by – this trip as well as being a physical/mental challenge, is also a ‘find wifi’ challenge on a daily basis 😉

Car ferry ticket from Ryotsu to Niigata

Car ferry ticket from Ryotsu to Niigata

It had started to rain by the time the ferry docked in Niigata and the forecast was looking stormy for the afternoon so I made a very easy decision to stay put in Niigata and find a guesthouse nearby. Booking.com showed Guesthouse Angoso was just a couple of kilometres away so I booked it and rode straight there, and luckily was able to check-in on arrival.

I thought I was the only one there, but that evening the guesthouse was full with people and I had a lovely night chatting with Taka from Osaka, Wolf from Germany and another young Japanese guy who is currently on a year-long trip cycling around Japan. Wolf had an interesting story about visiting the Niigata tourist information centre today and asking them for directions to the beach – they told him not to go there in the evening for fear of being kidnapped by North Koreans! I know this has happened in the past but I had no idea it was still considered a threat. I slept on the beach myself just a few nights ago before visiting Sado!

Jb35 - elevation profile from Garmin connect

Jb35 – elevation profile from Garmin connect

Jb35 - google map from Garmin Connect

Jb35 – google map from Garmin Connect

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