Tarai-Bune Tub Boat Sunset & Night Cruise

ナイト たらい舟

Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity to ride on one of Sado Island’s famous "tarai-bune" tub boats at night amongst the gentle glow of bamboo lanterns floating on the sea.

The ""hangiri,"" or ""tarai-bune,"" have long played a vital role in the daily lives of locals on the Ogi Peninsula, which is located on the southern tip of Sado Island. These unique boats were originally used as fishing equipment, allowing one to better navigate the narrow, rocky coastline teeming with reefs. On this tour, you'll first bask in the breathtaking sunset over the sea of Sado, before hopping on a tarai-bune and enjoying a night cruise. Take in the starlit sky and marine life as the boat leisurely glides between the dynamic rocks illuminated by bamboo lanterns. With a stroke of luck, you might even catch a glimpse of noctiluca, which shimmer like the aurora borealis against the darkened sea.

Period: May - November
*Please refer to the reservation page for precise information.
Hours: Every 30 minutes between 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
*Hours may vary by season; check the reservation page for details.
Location: 393 Shukunegi, Sado-shi, Niigata Prefecture

General Information

DirectionsApprox. 10 mins by car from Ogi Port
NotesReservations: Up to 5:00 pm 3 days prior to the experience
No. of participants: Min. 4, Max. 12
Duration: Approx. 40 mins


NameSado Tourism Association