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, Kusatsu onsen, 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.

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.

Ryomo line between Oyama 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 Nakanojo and Omae

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

You cannot get Kusatsu Onsen by a train. The limited express Kusatsu is suspended.

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.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano and Itoigawa

The Hokuriku Shinkansen is closed between Itoigawa and Nagano due to the damage by typhoon in 2019 fall. This Shinkansen line run between Tokyo and Nagano, and between Kanazawa, Toyama and Itoigawa.

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.

Odakyu Railway Odawara line between Shin-Matsuda and Hatano

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

All limited express Romancecar between Shinjuku and Odawara/Hakone-Yumoto are suspended.

This line is expected to recover by October 17th.

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 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) and between Tadami and Oshirakawa

This segment between Tadami and Aizu-Kawaguchi 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.

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.

Iiyama line between Toyono and Tokaichi

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

Joban line between Tomioka and Namie (Fukushima)

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

Suigun line between Koriyama and Mito (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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  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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