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 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:

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 Shintoku to Furano (from Mar 17, 2018)

Furano Higashi
07:20 08:04 08:09 09:00 09:11
11:15 12:00 12:05 12:54 13:05
14:19 15:04 15:13 16:02 16:21
16:46 17:31 17:36 18:26 18:45
19:06 19:50 19:55 20:55

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 Mar 17, 2018)

Shintoku Sahoro
07:59 08:15 09:07 09:15 09:54
10:49 11:05 11:57 12:09 12:49
13:58 14:14 15:05 15:13 15:52
16:20 16:36 17:28 17:40 18:20
18:38 18:54 19:47 19:58 20:35

There is no straight bus services 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.

77 thoughts on “Train operation status”

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    Thank you for all your useful information!
    I’m hoping to visit Koyasan in May 2018 and was wondering if you knew a link to the timetable for the temporary bus service from Hashimoto to Koyasan?
    Many thanks,
    Anna 🙂

      1. Hi Takeshi: is the train from Osaka to Koyasan running? We are scheduled to travel to Koyasan from Osaka on April 23. Thx much!

  2. Dear Takeshi,

    i wanted to thank you first for all your work you put into this site, as it helped me numerous times in planing my trips through japan in the past!

    In may this year i was planing to use rhe resort shirakami from akita to aomori, which according to your post fron january 20 should be running daily in may.

    Sadly is not listing this train as a possible connection when using their site. Was the train discontinued after the winter schedule or is just the data faulty?

    It would be realy great if you or another reader of this site has some information about this.

    Kind regards from Germay, Daniel

  3. Dear Takeshi,
    good evening

    Maybe You or anyone else, reading this, has an idea.

    At the moment I´m on my way to Japan. I would like to finish some more of the railway lines in Japan.
    Do You know if there are any railway lines which are in danger of being closed in the near future? I worry a bit about Gotsu to Miyoshi? Last year I took a train there but for the last 20km into Miyoshi, passengers had to change to a bus. Hyperdia showed nothing about it. So was that something which only happened that day or is it a permanent thing?
    Also are there any more lines, which could face the axe?

    Best Regards
    and many thanks for Your help

    1. Hi Frank,

      Sanko line was damaged by rain storm before. In this winter season, it was damaged again by snow storm. It has just been recovered. But this line will be closed permanently on the end of March. It’s this month.

      Sekisho line between Shin-Yubari and Yubari in Hokkaido (a.k.a. Yubari line) will be closed. The date has not been confirmed yet. But it may happen on next spring.


      Takeshi /

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