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.

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:

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

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.

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 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.

61 thoughts on “Train operation status”

  1. 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

    james

  2. 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:
      http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/ttable/index.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. 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.

    Thanks.

  4. 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:
      http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/time_table/time_table.jsp

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. 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. Hyperdia.com 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.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. 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.
    Eunice

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