Train operation status

Due to  the suspension on many train lines by the typhoon on October 13th, this page is set as the home now. Especially if you will travel soon from Tokyo to Kanazawa, Toyama, Matsumoto, Kawaguchiko, Hakone, Nikko, please keep checking the status.

This page shows you the long term closed sections by the natural disaster.

The substitute transportation service is sometimes available on the closed section. JR Pass and other JR deals cover these substitute service. But if you intend to take these services, please make sure whether it is available or not, when you exchange a pass.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano and Joetsumyoko

The Hokuriku Shinkansen is closed between Joetsumyoko and Nagano due to the damage by typhoon in 2019 fall. This Shinkansen line runs on Tokyo – Nagano segment and Joetsumyoko – Kanazawa segment only.

You cannot get Toyama and Kanazawa from Tokyo directly by the Hokuriku Shinkansen at this point. You have to take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya or Maibara, and take the limited express Shirasagi from Maibara or Nagoya to Kanazawa. The Hokuriku Shinkansen runs between Kanazawa, Toyama and Itoigawa.

According to the most updated press release, JR East (train company) has just started the investigation and check the facility. They could not access the damaged area due to flooding. It takes one to two weeks to investigate and restore the track and facility. It is expected to be open by the end of October. But if they find the unexpected issue, it will take more. And also many train sets were in the water due to flooding. The number of trips will be fewer than the regular schedule.

Chuo line between Otsuki and Takao (Tokyo, Fuji area)

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October.

The limited express Azusa, Kaiji and Fuji Excursion are suspended. You cannot get Matsumoto, Kofu, Kawaguchiko from Shinjuku by a train now. You can get Matsumoto by the Hokuriku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Nagano, and the limited express Shinano between Nagano and Matsumoto. If you want to get Kofu, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Shizuoka and then take the limited express Fujikawa.

According to the most updated press release, this closed segment will be open partially on October 18th, 2019. However there are a pair of the track. On this date, one of two track will be open. Only local train will start to run. The number of trains will be fewer. Especially the train trips between Sagamiko (between Takao and Otsuki) and Kobuchizawa will be very few.

The limited express Azusa, Kaiji and Fuji-Excursion will be suspended until the restoration will be done. It will be completed by the end of October, 2019.

Tobu Railway Nikko line between Kurihashi and Tochigi, and between Shin-Shikanuma and Shimo-Imaichi

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October.

You cannot get Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen from Asakusa by Tobu Railway. The limited express Nikko (Shinjuku-Nikko) and Kinugawa (Shinjuku-Kinugawa Onsen) are also suspended. You can get Nikko by the Tohoku Shinkansen and JR Nikko line via Utsunomiya.

This line will be open partially on October 19th. But this is one of closed segments. All Nikko line will not be open until October 25. If everything goes well, the limited express train from Asakusa to Nikko and Kinugawa onsen will start to run on 26th.

Ryomo line between Tochigi and Ashikaga

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October.

You cannot get Ashikaga Flower Park by the train now.

Agatsuma line between Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi and Omae

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October.

You can access Kusatsu Onsen by a train and a bus. The limited express Kusatsu runs as normal.

Hakone Tozan Railway between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October.

You cannot travel by the train between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora for a while.

Hakone had the record breaking rainfalls. There are lots of closed segment on the road too. Many of bus lines are suspended as well. Please find the most updated operation information in the link below:

Hakone Navi Transportation info

I don’t think Hakone Tozan Railway will be restored by the end of this year.

Hakone Ropeway between Sounzan and Obako

This line is closed by the volcanic activity.

Nemuro line between Higashishikagoe and Shintoku (Hokkaido)

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. You can take a local train between Furano and Higashishiagoe and substitute bus between Higashishikagoe and Shintoku. This substitute bus does not run very frequently. Please see the timetable in the link below to make sure the timetable. PDF timetable (valid until mid March, 2020)

Hidaka line between Mukawa and Shizunai (Hokkaido)

The segment between Mukawa and Shizunai is closed due to the landslide by high wind and wave. Substitute bus service on this segment is available. Train operation will be suspended until further notice.

Tadami line between Tadami and Aizu-Kawaguchi (Niigata)

The segment between Tadami and Oshirakawa was damaged by typhoon in 2019 October.

Koumi line between Nobeyama and Komoro

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October. This segment will be open sometimes in early November.

Iiyama line between Toyono and Morimiyanohara

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October. This segment will be open sometimes in early November.

Joban line between Tomioka and Namie (Fukushima)

Substitute services are available. This segment will be open in spring 2020.

Suigun line between Koriyama and Hitachi-Omiya (Fukushima, Ibaraki)

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October.

Hitahikosan line between Yoake and Soeda (Kyushu)

Hitahikosan line was damaged by the typhoon very seriously in 2018. This line will not be opened soon.

Houhi line between Hiro-Otsu and Aso (Kyushu)

Aso cannot be accessed by the train only from Kumamoto. It was damaged by the earthquake in 2016.

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212 thoughts on “Train operation status”

  1. Dear Takeshi-san,

    I had bought the Hokuriku Arch pass to travel from Tokyo to Kanazawa. But now it cannot be used due to the suspended train operations. I need to travel from Tokyo to Kanazawa on 25 Oct and return on 30 Oct. Can you advise how I can book tickets/reserve seat for Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya/Maibara and also for limited express Shirasagi from Maibara/Nagoya to Kanazawa? I search on the JR websites but could not find info on how I can buy the tickets online. Appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    1. Hi Chris san,

      First of all, Hokuriku Arch Pass does not cover Tokyo-Maibara/Nagoya-Kanazawa route basically. In this case, the pass may cover the route because of the suspension on Hokuriku Shinkansen. The most updated info said that it takes 1 to 2 weeks to repair the operation system of Hokuriku Shinkansen. However if there are more issues, it takes more time to fix.

      Before you go, please contact your travel agent where you buy the pass, and make sure that the pass covers Tokyo-Nagoya/Maibara-Kanazawa route. If not, please ask them to cancel your pass without any fees. If it does not cover, use JR Pass instead.

      The price is higher but this pass is only one which cover Tokyo-Maibara/Nagoya-Kanazawa route.

      There is no ways to book for this route online. You have to book it after you arrive in Japan.


      Takeshi /

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