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Sado Island: Boat & Birds

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“The weather doesn’t look good, but I can still see the birds flying. Hope it’s a good sign that we can get across safely.”



Sado Island was our main destination. It is located at the north side of Niigata prefecture. We have to take a ferry from Niigata to get to the island.

Niigata is about 6 hours by bus from Tokyo. Sado Island is about 2.5 hours by ferry from Niigata.

For more detail on Sado Island, please read on the following links (1, 2, 3 )



Anyway, continue with the story… as the boat was leaving the port, a lot of birds were flying-in looking for food — and human gladly comply.

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“Here birdie, birdie… snack?” (Took a video of the feeding process. Click here to view)



One got a bit curious (or hungry?), and move in closer.

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“Mine?”



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Good bird — didn’t bite the hand that feeds them.



Sailing away from the port, the seagulls stopped chasing us.

Not long, weather changed from bad to worse.

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A splash of storm, resulting wet deck



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Rain and fog — limited view



We were still lucky though.

We went with one of the early morning ferry. That ferry turned out to be the last one for that day.

Typhoon no. 15 hit Japan hard, paralyzing Tokyo and other areas, including this area.

Ferries for the rest of the day were canceled as weather turned from worse to worst.

“I really hope we can safely cross this sea”




Indeed we have, we got crossed safe and sound — and looking forward to the new adventure, regardless of the wet soaking rain.

I will tell you more tomorrow :-)



*Somewhere between Niigata Port and Ryotsu Port (Sado Island), Niigata-ken, Japan


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10 responses

  1. Wow…that’s not what you want, getting caught in a typhoon! Glad you made it across okay :o)

    September 26, 2011 at 21:05

    • Well, sh*t happens :D… the weather for the first two days was bad — but, overall, still one great trip.
      Will tell you more about it tomorrow :D…

      September 26, 2011 at 21:29

  2. glad you’re here to tell the story.. all ears for the rest.. :) the first image really stands out, I think .

    September 26, 2011 at 22:15

    • Thanks, Georgie. Stand by for tomorrow post :D…

      September 26, 2011 at 22:29

  3. Ugh, that looks like a bumpy boat ride. Did you get sea sick?

    Glad you made it okay and the weather improves. I love the close up shot of the curious bird. Really nice with the other birds flying in the background.

    September 27, 2011 at 02:36

    • Luckily, no I didn’t. It was a bit bumpy, but not as bad as a bus on a bumpy road :D… I think me laying down on the carpet also helps a little.
      Thanks for the kind words, Jenn.

      September 27, 2011 at 07:19

  4. Chloe [Photographer]

    really enjoyed this post, the photo close up of the seagull is great

    September 27, 2011 at 10:44

    • I’m happy to hear that, Chloe. Thanks!

      September 27, 2011 at 11:41

  5. You’re a lucky guy, I really enjoyed this SADO adventure. :)

    October 19, 2011 at 23:57

    • Thanks, Helder… and thank you very much for taking the time to comment on each of them :-)…

      October 20, 2011 at 09:23

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