This page shows you temporary closed sections by natural disaster.
Substitute transportation service is available on most of closed section. JR Pass and JR East Pass cover these substitute service. But if you intend to take these services, please make sure when you exchange pass.
Temporary suspension of Akita Shinkansen
Due to heavy rain storm, all Akita Shinkansen trains will be suspended between Omagari and Akita until July 28th, 2017. However ordinary rapid train runs on this segment. You can get Akita by Akita Shinkansen to Omagari and change rapid train to Akita.
Closed by heavy rain storm in Kyushu, July 2017
The record breaking heavy rain storm hit northern and central Kyushu region. The following line are closed until further notice.
- Kyudai line between Teruoka and Hita
- Hitahikosan line between Yoake and Soeda
Very popular train, “Yufuin no Mori” is suspended now because of Kyudai line closure. However it will run on the different route from July 15 to 31. Please see the link below to find more information:
JR Kyushu has not stated any official comment about this damage yet. But as I watched the news and saw some photos, the damage is very very serious. I think it takes at least one year to recover Kyudai line. Please do not expect that Kyudai line will be open soon.
Nemuro line between Higashishikagoe and Shintoku
This line has been closed since Typhoon hit this area in August, 2016. The damage is very serious and this line may be closed permanently. Substitute bus service is available at this point.
Hidaka line (Hokkaido) between Mukawa and Shizunai
It is closed due to the landslide by high wind and wave. Substitute bus service on this segment is available. It will take a year or more to fix this damage. Demand is very low but cost is high. JR Hokkaido is now negotiating with government for financial support.
Yamada line between Kamiyonai and Kawauchi
Due to landslide, this segment is closed and substitute bus is available.
Tadami line between Tadami and Aizu-Kawaguchi
This line has been closed since heavy rain storm hit this region in 2011. JR East and municipal government has agreed to keep this line. It is expected to be open in 2021.
Yamada line between Miyako and Kamaishi
Third sector railway company, Sanrinku Railway will take over this line. A few parts of this line will be open in fall 2016. All line is expected to be open in 2018.
Joban line between Tatsuta and Namie
Substitute services are available. The segment between Tatsuta and Tomioka will be open in October, 2017. The remaining segment will be open be spring 2020.
Houhi line between Higo-Otsu and Aso
This line was damaged by Great Earthquake in April, 2016. All trains are suspended until further notice.