Train operation status

Last updated at 20:00 on September 24th, 2018 (Japan time)

This page shows you temporary closed sections by natural disaster.

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.


A huge earthquake hit Hokkaido in early September. But most lines have been fixed. You can get major cities by train, such as Asahikawa, Abashiri, Kushiro, Otaru, Hakodate. A few of local lines are still closed.

Super Hokuto (Hakodate – Sapporo), Super Tokachi (Sapporo – Obihiro), and Super Ozora (Sapporo – Kushiro) will reduce speed because of the track issues near the epicenter. Train schedule is a bit behind the original schedule. If you intend to change trains at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and/or Minami-Chitose, you may need to take one later train. Please check the updated train operation status before on board.

Rapid and local trains will not run on the following segment:

  • Nemuro line between Takikawa and Higashi-Shikagoe
    This segment will be open on 26th September.
  • Hidaka line between Tomakomai and Mukawa

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 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 (from 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.

Tohoku region

Tropical cyclone hit Tohoku and Hokkaido. Rikuu West line (Furukuchi – Kiyokawa) is closed due to the damage by this cyclone until further notice

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.

Chubu region

Takayama line

Heavy rain storm hit Takayama in July. All trains which include Limited Express Wide View Hida is operated as normal between Osaka, Nagoya and Takayama. It is no problem to travel by train to Takayama from Nagoya, Gifu, Kyoto and Osaka.

But the segment between Sakakami and Inotani which is the way to Toyama from Takayama is closed. You cannot travel to Takayama from Toyama by train directly. This segment will be open in mid November.

Substitute bus services are available for the closed segment. But the spaces are limited. You might not be able to take a bus which you want to ride because of luck of seats. The current schedules of closed segments are the following:

From Takayama to Inotani (on the way to Toyama from Takayama and Hida-Furukawa)

Local train Bus service
Takayama Hida
Sakakami Sakakami Inotani
05:31 05:47 06:07 06:35 07:20
07:40 08:03 08:22
09:40 09:57 10:17 10:19 11:04
10:28 10:44
12:01 12:21 12:40 12:45 13:30
14:34 14:51
15:51 16:11 16:30 16:40 17:25
16:44 17:01
17:51 18:09 18:33 18:38 19:23
18:51 19:07
20:06 20:23 20:42
20:55 21:12 21:32 21:37 22:22
22:51 23:08 23:27

Rapid bus service from Takayama to Inotani is also available. You can get Inotani without changing bus and train at Sakakami.

Bus service
Takayama Hida
07:08 07:34 08:39
08:50 09:16 10:21
11:42 12:08 13:13
13:29 13:55 15:00
15:17 15:43 16:48

From Inotani to Takayama (on the way to Takayama and Hida-Furukawa from Toyama)

Local train Bus service
Takayama Hida
Sakakami Sakakami Inotani
05:42 06:03 06:19
05:43 06:28 06:33 06:55 07:11
07:13 07:34 07:51
08:16 08:33
08:47 09:32 09:37 09:58 10:14
10:51 15:22
11:05 11:50 11:51 12:12 12:29
15:01 15:22
14:50 15:35 15:40 16:01 16:18
17:08 17:29
16:55 17:40 17:47 18:09 18:27
19:14 19:30
20:16 21:01 21:06 21:28 21:45

Rapid bus service from Inotani to Takayama is also available. You can get Takayama without changing bus and train at Sakakami.

Bus service
Inotani Hida
09:12 10:14 10:43
11:30 12:32 13:01
15:14 16:16 16:45
17:16 18:18 18:47

These above trains and bus services are covered by rail pass, such as JR Pass, Takayama Hokuriku Tourist Area Pass. But the space is limited. Regular ticket holder and local commuters, students have priority. If you want to move between Kanazawa and Takayama quickly, you should take Nobi bus express bus services. These rail passes do not cover these express bus services. Only Takayama Hokuriku Tourist Area Pass covers Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa route.

Please see Nohi Bus official site to get the details.

Chugoku region

The following lines are closed due to the damage by heavy rain storm in this past summer.

  • Sanyo line (Mihara – Shiroichi)
    *All segments will be opened by mid October.
  • Fukushio line (Fuchu – Shiomachi)
    *It will be opened by next March.
  • Geibi line (Karuga – Bingo-Ochiai)
    *This segment will be closed until further notice.
  • Kure line (Itosaki – Hiro)
    *The segment between Mihara and Hiro will be open in January 2019.
  • Gantoku line (Iwakuni – Tokuyama)
    *The segment between Tokuyama and Suo-Takamori will be open on September 22.


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

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

Hitahikosan line and Chikuho line are damaged by typhoon very seriously. This line will not be opened 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.

149 thoughts on “Train operation status”

  1. Takeshi San,
    Hi, I am travelling to Osaka on 2018 Sept 16. The flight is schedule to arrive at 9:25pm. At this moment, tourist have to take the shuttle bus to go to Rinku Town Station, right?

    Upon cheking, I found that most of the buses to Namba end at around 10:45pm and the train also not later than 11pm. Or can you please provide me the latest train shedule on 16 Sept so that I can plan my way?

    I will stay at around Shin-Imamiya Station. Can you please advise me the best alternative way to travel to Shin-Imamiya Station in case of flight delayed and no more train operated?

    Thank you in advance


    1. Hi Darren san,

      Actually there is no train schedule is available as long as I know. Train runs as tentative schedule and I could not find any hard copy, such as PDf timetable. But I believe that you can take Nankai railway train from the Rinku town to get Shin-Imamiya. The last bus to Rinku town is 23:15. As long as you catch this bus, you can get a train from Rinku town.

      Most part of Kansai airport is still closed. Only terminal 2 is now open. If your flight will arrive in Terminal 1, your flight may be canceled. Terminal 1 is expected to open on 14th but not confirmed yet. Even airline cannot confirm it at this point.

      Hope you will make it.


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        Thanks for your reply.

        As in your reply : “The last bus to Rinku town is 23:15. As long as you catch this bus, you can get a train from Rinku town.” — this is the free shuttle bus? is this the only bus can come out from Kansai Airport at this moment?

        And if I able to catch this last bus, is there any train to go to Shin-Imamiya as it is quite late? what is the last train depart from Rinku Town to Shin-Imamiya? Nankai Raiway Train is the only choice? Any bus to go if train stop?


        1. Hi Darren san,

          23:15 bus is a free shuttle to Rinku town. I believe you can catch a train there. As I mentioned, I don’t have a timetable but I think there is a train to Namba for 23:15 departure shuttle bus. If there is no train from 23:15 shuttle bus at Rinku town, it doesn’t make any senses.

          In the regular train schedule, the last train depart from Rinku town at 24:01.

          Nankai Railway may not use this regular train schedule. But I believe shuttle bus and train to Namba are connected at Rinku town.

          If you arrive early and clear custom and immigration quicky, you may be able to take the bus to Namba. The last one departs at 22:42. This bus is not free of charge. It costs 1050 yen.


          Takeshi /

  2. Hello,

    We will be travelling from Takayama to Kanazawa on October 1 with our JR Passes.
    We understand that the segment from Sakakami to Inotani will be closed for several months.
    We also understand that a substitute bus will be available, but spaces are limited.
    Here are our questions:
    1). Will the bus take us to Inotani Station and we can continue on to Kanazawa via Toyama by JR train?
    2). As mentioned, spaces on the bus are limited, what are our options if it is full? Will we be stranded at Sakakami Station?
    3). How frequent does the substitute bus run?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Anna,

      1. Yes, you can.

      2. In the worst case, you have to wait for next bus. I have no idea which type of bus runs there. Standing in the bus may not be allowed.

      3. Please see the timetable in the post above.


      Takeshi /

  3. I am travelling from Toyama to Nagoya on Saturday 15 September and was going to take the Hida 14 train departing Toyama at 1302hrs. I understand that I can still do this trip by train/bus/train. What time will departure be from Toyama by bus or train to meet the Hida 14 which is due to depart Takayama at 1440hrs?

  4. Hi Takeshi San,

    Understand that the Takayama to Toyama to Kanawaza rail line is closed. We are travelling from Takayama to Kanazawa on Sep4th

    What options can I consider? Kindly advise


      1. Hi ,

        Will the lines be up and ready in end January 2019.

        I am planning a trip to to Takayama from Osaka/Kyoto. I am intending stay at Kanazawa afew days.

        1 of the day, I am considering to join a bus tour that start from Takayama Station and end at Takayama Station. But I will have to come from Kanazawa at the start of the day and return to Kanazawa at the end of the day.

        What will be the best mode of transportation ?

        Thank you inadvanced.

  5. I need to travel to Yasuura in October. I understand that the Kure Line will be available only to Saka by that time. Will there be alternate, perhaps bus, from there to Yasuura?

    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi David,

      When you travel to Yasuura, Kure line between Saka and Hiro will be opened. You will be able to travel from Hiroshima to Hiro But Yasuura will not be in open segment yet. Yasuura is a few stations away from Hiro. There is a substitute bus service running on this closed segment. But a passenger who has a commuter pass has a priority to take this substitute bus. So you may not be able to take this bus if it’s full. I have no idea how busy this bus will be.
      This bus does not run very frequently. At this point bus leaves at 5:50, 6:50, 7:20, 9:20, 11:20, 13:20, 15:20, 16:50, 17:20, 18:50, 19:20 and 20:20. It takes 25 minutes to get Yasuura. This bus schedule may be changed when you travel.
      In the worst case, you have to take a taxi from Hiro to Yasuura. I don’t have any fare tables for taxi. I guess it costs around 2000 to 3000 yen or may be a bit higher. I have not been Hiro station before. So I don’t know how many taxis will be there.


      Takeshi /

  6. Hello Takeshi,
    We are planning to take a train from Tokio to Nagoya and from there to Takayama.
    It will be at the beginning of september.
    I was reading that theTakayama line between Nagoya and Takayama will be back to normal sometimes in August 11th.
    Is this a fact now? Otherwise do you know when it will be running again.
    In case it is not we will book a bus directly from Tokio to Takayama.
    Thank you for your reply

    1. Hi Hans,

      Nagoya -Takayama segment was back to normal on August 11. It is closed between Takayama and Toyama only. As long as you travel between Nagoya and Takayama, it’s no problem at all.


      Takeshi /

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