Sado-shi Daira (Sado City, Niigata)

Sado-shi Daira
市営平
(新潟県 佐渡市)
Planned season: Saturday 11th January 2020 until early March 2020
Normally closed Mondays-Wednesdays

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Sado-shi Daira is the only operating ski hill on Sado Island (Sadogashima) in Niigata Prefecture. It is located in the northern region of the island. A ferry connects Sado Island with Niigata and Joetsu.

In January 2018, Sado-shi Daira enjoyed a 'renewal opening' with the introduction of a 289m long pair lift ('Dream Pair lift'). This lift is apparently the only pair ski lift on a remote island in Japan. The introduction of a new lift encouraged more people to visit, but unfortunately it also meant that less people went to the other small ski hill on Sado Island called Wonder Valley Sado. That ski hill is no longer operating.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

510m
110m
400m
19"
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400m
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30%
70%
Skiers
70%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
30%
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Sado-shi Daira Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Lessons are available. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no specific facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
 

Sado-shi Daira Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early January until Early March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
This ski hill is open Thursdays to Sundays and national holidays, normally between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Sado-shi Daira Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
1 Day 2,000 yen 1,000 yen
Morning (9am-1pm) 1,200 yen 600 yen
Morning (11am-4pm) 1,500 yen 750 yen
Season Ticket 15,000 yen 7,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information Sado-shi Daira is open from Thursdays to Sundays and national holidays until March.

In March the ski hill is open on weekends and national holidays only.

Getting to Sado-shi Daira

By public transport
Train
Train
km from Niigata Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
82.1km from Niigata Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
There are no train stations or expressways on Sado Island.

>> More information on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus from Kanai Community Center to the ski hill operates on weekends and national holidays.
By Car
Car
86.9km from the Niigata Kameda IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 350 (6.7km away)
Direction
Direction
Sado-shi Daira is about 7km off Route 350 to the north of Sado city.
Parking
Parking
Limited parking is available at the base of the ski hill.

More Information

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Address
Address
Kanaishinbo
Sado-shi
Niigata-ken
952-1208
Telephone
Telephone
0259-63-4050
2020-2021 UPDATES
Important information about our 20-21 season updates

(Updated 24th September)

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