Train operation status

This page shows you temporary closed sections by the natural disaster.

The substitute transportation service is available on most of 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.


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 Higashishikagoe and Shintoku. This substitute bus does not run very frequently. Please see the timetable below to make sure the timetable.

From Shintoku to Furano (from Mar 16, 2019)


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 (from Mar 16, 2019)


There is no straight bus services from Shintoku to Furano.

Hidaka line (Hokkaido) between Mukawa and Shizunai

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.

Tohoku region

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 March, 2019.

Joban line between Tomioka and Namie

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

Chugoku region

Geibi line between Karuga and Miyoshi is closed due to the damage by the heavy rain storm in the summer, 2018.


  • Hitahikosan line between Yoake and Soeda
  • Houhi line between Hiro-Otsu and Aso

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

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

199 thoughts on “Train operation status”

  1. Hi Takeshi San,

    I am planning a trip to Japan for my family in November (with a disabled daughter in a wheelchair).
    We wand to travel from Hiroshima to Tokyo (Asakusa) on 29 November 2019. I checked the time table of this connection:
    Starting at 9:39 at Hiroshima station by Nozomi to Shinagawa – 1 change to Keikyu Main Line arriving in Askusa at 13:57 h.
    This would be perfect, but I got the following message:

    “Delay/ Suspension is occurring”

    How is this to understand. Is the train canceled for this day?

    If yes – How could we get to Asakusa on 29 November 2019?

    Thank you so much for your reply,

    1. Hi Uli san,

      I don’t know which site you found this comment, “Delay/ Suspension is occurring”.

      Basically the train runs as the timetable. Of course it may delay or be suspended due to the accident or the weather. I think you can ignore this.

      By the way, train companies will make a revision of timetable in October usually. I don’t think it will be a big change but the timetable may be changed. You can make your trip plan by this train schedule but you have to check the updated timetable in late October.


      Takeshi /

  2. Hi Takeshi San,

    I am looking forward to visit Japan. We will have JR passes . I have read about damaged train routes.
    1. Do you advise travelling 24 april 10.22 am UenoTokyo (train) -Omiya ( kagayaki train) -Toyama (wide view hida bus) to Takayama or you advise 10.16 Ueno (train)-Tokyo (hikari train)-nagoya (wide view hida bus) to Takayama (depart around 10.00)
    2. Takayama to Kyoto 25 april again around 10 am, eg 9.38 wide view hida bus to nagoya- 12.18 hikari train to kyoto is also running?
    3. As far as I can see all is JR pass covered, right ?
    Thank you so much for answering.
    Regards, Wies

    1. Hi Wies san,

      All routes are active and you have no problem to travel. All routes are covered by JR pass. When you go to Takayama from Tokyo, you may take Toyama – Takayama route because you will take Takayama – Nagoya route when you go to Kyoto. You should try different scenery.

      By the way, Wide View Hida is not a bus. It’s a train.


      Takeshi /

  3. Dear Takashi San,

    Can you tell me if the Hohi line between Oita and Aso is operating? I hearing reports that the hohi line is halted and that we have to take a bus from Kumamoto to Aso.
    The train is showing on Hyperdia, but the reports say that’s not true.
    We will be in the area Beginning April.

    Hope that you can help me with this.


  4. Hello,
    I’m planning a trip to the Rabbit Island near Hiroshima from Osaka in March. I will be taking the Shinkansen from Osaka to Mihara. Is the JR Kuro line from Mihara to Tadanoumi restored yet? I cannot find the schedule on the website.

    Thank you very much.

  5. When is the train from Kumamoto to Aso expected to re-open? I will be in Japan May 2019 and hoping to visit the region. Thanks

  6. Arigato gozaimas Takeshi San.

    Yes you are right about Toyama-Kanazawa-Maibara-Nagoya route. But this route is not covered by the Takayama Hokuriku 5 Day Pass which we have purchased in my home country, Malaysia.

    I shall take the Nouhi Express Bus from Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama and then the Hida Wide View from Takayama to Nagoya. Is this workable?


  7. Hi Takeshi,

    Is the Hida Wide View from Toyama to Nagoya back to operation? I plan to take the shinkasen from Kanazawa to Toyama & the Hida Wide View from Toyama to Nagoya middle of next month.


      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        Thank you very much. Very happy to hear that. Looking forward to explore the areas under the Takayama-Hokuriku 5 day pass.


          1. Hi Takeshi San,

            I tried looking at Hyperdia for Hida Wide View between Toyama & Nagoya but it does not show any direct train.

            Hyperdia suggested several routes involving transits in several cities before reaching Nagoya from Toyama.

            Do you have the time table for Hida Wide View direct between Toyama to Nagoya?


            1. Hi Chia san,

              Because Hyperdia shows the fastest route. Wide View Hida is not the fastest route from Toyama to Nagoya. Probably you found the route, such as Toyama-Kanazawa-Maibara-Nagoya, right? This route is faster than Wide View Hida.

              If you want to see Wide View Hida route, please click “More option” just above “search” button. You will find “Via 1”, “Via 2” and “Via 3”. Please input “Takayama” at Via 1 and “Gero” at Via 2 for Toyama to Nagoya. If you look for Nagoya to Toyama, Gero at Via 1 and Takayama at Via 2. You will find Wide View Hida route.


              Takeshi /

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