Train operation status

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.

Closed by heavy rain storm in Kansai, October 2017

The record breaking heavy rain storm and typhoon hit Kansai region. The following line are closed until further notice.

  • Nankai Koya line between Koyashita and Gokurakubashi
  • Nankai Koya Cable line between Gokurakubashi and Koyasan
  • JR Kansai line between Kameyama and Tsuge

Substitute bus service is available between Hashimoto and Koyasan. Hashimoto is on the way to Gokurakubashi. But if take a bus to get Koyasan, please keep the following things in your mind:

1. One way trip time for Hashimoto to/from Koyasan is 1.5 hours in weekdays but you might spend more if you visit there in weekend. Trip time may be 2.5 to 3 hours for one way due to heavy road traffic.
2. The number of bus is very limited. Waiting time in both end, Hashimoto and Koyasan may be long.

Closed by heavy rain storm in Kyushu, July and September 2017

The record breaking heavy rain storm and typhoon 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
  • Nippo line between Saiki and Usuki
  • Houhin line between Hiro-Otsu and Aso

Very popular train, “Yufuin no Mori” do not run on regular route because of Kyudai line closure. Yufuin no Mori runs on the different route via Kokura, Beppu and Oita. Please see the link below to find more information:

Very popular train to Yufuin from Hakata and Oita. Limited Express Yufuin no Mori / Yufu

Both Kyudai line and Hitahikosan lines are damaged by typhoon very seriously. Please do not expect that these lines will be open soon.

Aso cannot be accessed by train only from Kumamoto. It was damaged by earthquake in 2016. If you go to Aso, you can take the route from Oita.

Limited Express Nichirin and Sonic between Oita and Nobeoka are suspended until further notice. Substitute bus service is available between Saiki and Usuki. But you need to take a local train from Oita to Saiki, a bus from Saiki to Usuki and then take a local train again from Usuki. You will spend many hours to get Miyazaki. There are damaged at several locations on this segment. It will take a long time to fix these damages. If you go there from Hakata, take Kyushu Shinkansen to Kagoshima-Chuo and take another train to Miyazaki from there. It is faster and easier.

Currently closed

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. You can take a local train between Furano and Higashishiagoe and substitute bus between Shigashishikagoe and Shintoku. This substitute bus does not run very frequently. Please see the timetable below to make sure the timetable.

From Furano to Shintoku (to Nov 30, 2017)


From Furano to Shintoku (to Nov 30, 2017)


After December 1, 2018, the timetable will be revised. One bus trip from Furano to Shintoku will be added.

From Shintoku to Furano (from Dec 1, 2017)


And also there is one bus trip from Furano to Shintoku.

Furano 11:02 – 11:58 Ikutora – 12:50 Shintoku

This bus does not stop at other than Ikutora.

From Shintoku to Furano (to Dec 1, 2017)


There is no straight bus trip from Shintoku to Furano.

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 Tomioka and Namie

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

69 thoughts on “Train operation status”

  1. Hi, my family and I are intending to go to Mount Koya from Namba Station. But I’ve read that heavy rain storm and typhoon closed Nankai Koya line and Nankai Koya Cable line. Will it be opened in late december? If not how else can we get to Mount Koya?

    Thank you for the help!  

    1. Hi Andrei,

      I don’t think that Nankai Koya line and cable car will be restored by the end of this year. I think it will take many more months.

      You can get Mt. Koya from Hashimoto station which is on the way to Gokurakubashi by bus. Nankai railway operates substitute bus service between Hashimoto and Koyasan. But the timetable is not available. Even Nankai railway does not show any bus timetable. You may need to wait for a long time at Hashimoto station and at Koyasan station when you go back.


      Takeshi /

  2. Dear Takeshi

    I and my family will travel to Tokyo on 22 December 2017 and 24 December 2017 we will travel to Nozawa Onsen at litama station and 26 December 2017 will go back to Narita airport, would you please advise what type of JR pass is suitable for this routing and should I have to buy the pass in advance due to the peak season?

    Thanks & Best regards
    Christine Yeung

  3. Hello Takeshi-san

    We will be visiting Koyasan in mid-nov 2017 and is unsure if the repairs work will be completed by then.

    Would like to know if we are going by bus to Koyasan from Hasimoto station, would you know roughly how much more time will it take?

    As we are staying in Namba, we will be taking the train from Namba station.

    Please let us know so that we can factor the additional time in in our itinerary.

    I hope the train line to Kishi and Kinosaki Onsen are OK.

    1. Hi Grace,

      Actually I have no idea about the bus schedule between Hashimoto and Koyasan. Even Nankai railway official site (Japanese) says, “The substitute bus service is available. The number of bus is limited. Therefore the bus is not scheduled service. It may take longer than regular service due to limitation and road condition.”

      Train runs normally to Kishi and Kinosaki onsen.


      Takeshi /

      1. Hello Takeshi-san

        Thank you for your prompt response.

        I hope the damage to the train tracks are not too bad. Hope it will be repaired by the time we arrive in Osaka. Finger-crossed.

  4. Hi Takeshi san ,

    i will be visiting hokkaido this may 3 – may 7.
    im thinking to go to furano on May 5.
    may i know if takikawa to furano train still operate ?

    thank you


  5. Hi Takeshi

    I am planning to go to Hokkaido in June 2017. Part of the trip involves going to Furano/Biei from Tomamu Station. My original plan was to take a train from Tomamu to Shintoku, then from Shintoku to Furano. However, I see in your post mentioning the Nemuro line between Higashishikagoe and Shintoku is severely damaged due to the typhoon. Any updates if they are going to repair that sector? If not, can you advise me how to get to Furano from Shintoku?

    Cheers Kevin

    1. Hi Kevin,

      This segment may be closed permanently. Since the demand is very low, JR Hokkaido does not want to invest this segment. It may be opened again by government supporting. But it takes a long time and will not be repaired soon anyway.

      Your route is like following:

      Tomamu – Sapporo – Takikawa (or Asahikawa) – Furano/Biei.

      You may find the line map in the link below:


      Takeshi /

  6. Hi,

    Thanks for this article – it’s very useful. However, can you confirm whether or not the JR line between Sapporo and Kushiro is open now? I guess so, since it’s supposed to have opened by 22/12, but do you know for sure?

    I’m going to be travelling that route in early Feb 2017, but I was thinking I might book a flight instead if the repairs to the line are taking longer than expected.


  7. Hi Takeshi,
    If I want to go from Beppu to Hitoyoshi, is it still possible to take the Hohi line to Kumamoto and then to Hitoyoshi? I have noticed that they closed the line between Aso to Higo-ootsu, do you know is there any other ways to get to Hitoyoshi to Beppu and how long it’s going to take? We are planning to go on the 25/11!
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Joyce,

      You cannot get Kumamoto from Beppu via Aso. And also Mt. Aso erupted in a few days ago. There is many closure and suspension around Aso. Even many roads are closed still.
      I recommend you to take Beppu-Oita-Yufuin-Kurume route. Limited Express Yufuin no Mori runs on this route. And you can catch Kyushu Shinkansen from Kurume to Shin-Yatsushiro. And then you can catch the train to Hitoyoshi. Please see the link below to find the route and timetable:


      Takeshi /

  8. Hi Takeshi,
    I need to ask for your help again. I have just read about the disruptions in Hokkaido due to typhoon damage. Where can I get an update on this, I can’t find any contact details for JR Hokkaido on their website. Can you help please?
    In particular I need to know if the following trains will be operating. shows these trains as operating – but is this reliable?
    17.October 2016 Asahikawa to Abashiri LTD. EXP OKHOTSK 3 dep. 11.18
    19. October Abashiri to Kushiro JR Senmo Line dep. 10.30
    21. October Kushiro to MINAMI-CHITOSE (for airport) LTD. EXP SUPER OZORA 6 dep. 11.24
    Thanks once again for your help, it is much appreciated. What would we foreign tourists trying to plan a visit to Japan do without you!!

    1. Hi Keith,

      I put most updated info in the post above.
      In your trip plan, you have two issues.

      1. 17th Oct by Okhotsk
      JR Hokkaido says this segment will be open in mid October. But nobody knows the exact date. In my opinion, it’s 50:50. You may not be able to take Limited Express Okhotsk.

      2. 21st Oct by Ozora
      JR Hokkaido says this segment will not be opened until the end of November. You CANNOT take limited express Ozora to Minami-Chitose.
      Now JR Hokkaido operate tentative rapid train between Kushiro and Obihiro, substitute bus between Obihiro and Tomamu, and tentative train between Tomamu and Sapporo. You may take these trains and bus to get Minami Chitose. There are only 3 round trips available.

      Kushiro 8:23 -(tentative rapid train)- 9:57 Obihiro 10:20 -(substitute bus)- 11:50 Tomamu 12:12 (tentative express train)- 13:23 Minami Chitose
      Kushiro 10:37 -(tentative rapid train)- 12:14 Obihiro 12:40 -(substitute bus)- 14:10 Tomamu 14:32 (tentative express train)- 15:44 Minami Chitose

      There is one more trip but it’s too late for your trip. I recommend you to take the first one. These transportation are covered by rail pass, such as Hokkaido Rail Pass or JR Pass. But it will be very inconvenient for you. You have to change twice and train does not have express train interior between Kushiro and Obihiro.

      Senmo line is okay now.


      Takeshi /

  9. Hi Takeshi-san,
    My itinerary for 10 days as below:
    18/10 – 21/10 : From Haneda Airport to Kanazawa
    21/10 : Kanazawa to Toyama – Kurobe Gorge
    22/10 : Toyama – Kurobe Alpine Route
    23/10 : Toyama – Takayama – Shirakawa-go
    24/10 : Takayama
    25/10 : 27/10 : Tokyo
    I intend to buy 7 days JR Pass and Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket. Outbound from Toyama, would like to know where are the available stops for this Option Ticket in Kurobe Alpine Route?
    Thank you.

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