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HONSHU (The Sea of Japan side)

Honshu's sea routes to remote islands (From North to South)

Tobi-shima (Tobishima Island)

Tobi-shima (Tobishima, Yamagata PRF)
Sakata City

Awa-shima (Awashima Island)

Awa-shima (Awashima, Niigata PRF)
Awashima Kisen (Awashima Line)

Sadoga-shima (Sado Island)

Sadoga-shima (Ryotsu, Ogi, Niigata PRF)
Sado Kisen (Sado Steam Ship)

Hegura-jima (Hegurajima Island)

Hegura-jima (Hegura, Ishikawa PRF)
Hegura Kouro

Okino-shima (Okinoshima Island)

Dogo (Saigo, Shimane PRF)
Oki Kisen

Nakano-shima (Ama, Hinotsu, Suga, Tsutsumi, Hishiura, Shimane PRF)
Nishino-shima (Beppu, Hato, Mita, Urago, Shimane PRF)
Oki Kisen
Oki Kanko

Chiburi-jima (Kurii, Shimane PRF)
Oki Kisen

Oki Wide Area Union

Hagi-shoto (Hagi Islands)

Mi-shima (Mishima, Yamaguchi PRF)
O-shima, (Oshima, Yamaguchi PRF)
Ai-shima (Aishima, Yamaguchi PRF)
Hagi Kaiun

Hibikinada-shoto (Hibikinada Islands)

Futaoi-jima(Futaoijima, Yamaguchi PRF)
Mutsure-jima(Mutsurejima, Yamaguchi PRF)
Shimonoseki City


Sado Kisen's new fast ferry, which is due to enter service on the Naoetsu-Ogi (Sado Island) route on April 21, 2015, will be named 'Akane'.

Sado Kisen's 'Kogane Maru' has been sold to Greek 'Golden Star Ferries'. She will be delivered in May 2015.

On July 13, 2017, Sado Kisen decided to withdraw the Teradomari-Akadomari route, which has run a persistent deficit since 1973 when the route was opened, at an extraordinary meeting of its board of directors.

Sado Kisen will continue to operate the money-losing Teradomari-Akadomari route in 2018 with conditions.

Awashima Line's "Ferry New Awashima," which is being built at Miura Shipbuilding, will enter service on the Awashima-Iwafune route in April 2019.

On October 23, 2018, Sado Kisen and local government bodies decided to close the Teradomari-Akadomari route in 2019.

On March 9, 2019, Sado Kisen's "Ginga" jetfoil, which was headed to Ryotsu from Niigata collided with a marine organization, and 87 passengers got injured.

Awashima Line's "Ferry New Awashima (650gt)" entered service on the Awashima-Iwafune route on April 19, 2019.

In September 2019, Sado Kisen made a 'Weather Derivative' contract with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited. The compensable period is from the middle of September to the middle of October.

On July 7, 2020, Sado Kisen revealed the plan that it will sell the Akane fast ferry (5702gt, built in 2015) on the Ogi-Naoetsu route , and replace her with a jetfoil.

On march 25, 2021, the Tokyo Stock Exchange announced that it will designate Sado Kisen as a stock with a grace period for delisting.

On June 25, 2021, Sado Kisen announced that it had sold the "Akane" (5,702gt) fast ferry to Forde Reederei Seetouristik Iberia SL in Spain for about 3,050M yen.

Sado Kisen announced that its financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year ending December 2021, and revealed that its quarterly profit and loss fell into the red of 2,165 million yen. And the insolvency, as of the end of the second quarter, expanded to 2,688 million yen.

Awashima Kisen will lend Kirara (184gt) fast ferry to Sakata City from October 15 to Novemver 18, 2021.

On September 9, 2022, Sado Kisen announced that it bought Ehime (2,486gt, built in 2001) from Uwajima Unyu for the price of 870M yen. She is expected to enter service on the Ogi-Naoetsu route on March 25, 2023.

On November 18, Sado Kisen announced that Ehime (2,486gt, built in 2001) will be renamed Kogane Maru (IV) .

Sado Kisen's Kogane Maru (IV) is set to enter service on April 29, 2023.

Hagi Kaiun's Aishima (197gt, LOA: 37.7m, Pass: 136, Car: 1, Truck(2t): 1) entered service on the Aishima-Hagi route on August 10, 2023. The Tsubasa 2 was replaced.

Oki Wide Area Union, consisting of town and village communities on Oki Islands and Shimane Prefectural Government will build a replacement ship for Oki Kisen's Ferry Shirahama in 2026.