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. (According to the press release from Nankai railway, they try to open this section sometimes in April 2018.)
- Nankai Koya line between Koyashita and Gokurakubashi
- Nankai Koya Cable line between Gokurakubashi and Koyasan
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
- 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:
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.
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 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.