Train operation status

Last updated on 13:00 on July 22nd, 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.

Closed by heavy rain storm in July 2018

At this point, you cannot access to Takayama, Gero and Hida-Furukawa by train.

The shortest route by train to Matsue and Izumoshi from Okayama which is Hakubi line is closed. It is not recommended to travel these places by train. This route will be open sometimes in mid August.

Takayama line between Nagoya and Takayama will be back to normal sometimes in mid August. But Toyama to Takayama route will not be open for several months.

These following line are closed and trains are suspended at this point.

  • Takayama line (Hida Kanayama – Gero, Sakakami – Inotani)
    *JR Central has announced that the segment between Hida Kanayama and Gero will be open in mid August. It takes several months to repair the segment between Sakakami and Inotani. That means Nagoya – Takayama route will be open in mid August. But we still have to wait Toyama – Takayama route for another several months.
    *Substitute bus services are available for the closed segment. But the space is limited.
    *Train runs between Gero and Sakakami. But train runs slower than regular schedule and number of trips are reduced. All trains are local. There is no express train services available. Train trips to Takayama, Gero and Hida-Furukawa are not recommended now.
    *You may take an express bus from either Nagoya or Toyama to get Takayama if you want to avoid local train and substitute bus trips. Please see Nohi Bus official site.
  • Sanyo line (Mihara – Kaitaichi, Yanai – Tokuyama)
    *The segment between Shimomatsu and Tokuyama will be open in August 1st.
    *The segment between Seno and Kaitaichi will be open in mid August.
    *The segment between Yanai and Shimomatsu will be open in mid September.
    *The segment between Shiroichi and Seno will be open in mid October.
    *The segment between Mihara and Shiroichi will be open in mid November.
  • Hakubi line (Goukei – Kamiiwami)
    *This segment will be open in mid August.
  • Tsuyama line (Tamagashi – Nonokuchi)
    *This segment will be open in mid August.
  • Fukushio line (Fuchu – Shiomachi)
    *The segment between Fukuyama and Kannabe has been open on July 21st.
    *It takes several months to fix the segment between Fuchu and Shiomachi.
  • Kishin line (Kozuki – Niimi)
    *This segment will be open by the end of year 2018.
  • Geibi line (Hiroshima – Niimi)
    *The segment between Hiroshima and Shimofukawa will be open in July 23rd.
    *The segment between Karuga and Shimofukawa will be open in mid September.
    *The segment between Niimi and Bingo-Ochiai will be open by the end of year 2018.
    *The segment between Karuga and Bingo-Ochiai will be closed until further notice.
  • Kure line (Itosaki – Kaitaichi)
    *The segment between Saka and Kaitaichi will be open in early August.
    *The segment between Hiro and Saka will be open in mid November.
    *The segment between Mihara and Hiro will be open in January 2019.
  • Gantoku line (Iwakuni – Tokuyama)
    *This segment will be open in mid October.
  • Inbi line (Tsuyama – Chizu)
    *This segment will be open by the end of year 2018.
  • Kisuki line (Izumo Yokota – Bingo Ochiai)
    *This segment will be closed until further notice.
  • Yosan line (Tadotsu – Kannonji, Iyoshi – Yawatahama)
    *JR Shikoku has announced to expect to repair the track between Tadotsu and Kannoji by August 10th. And the rest of segment will not be open soon. You can get Yawatahama via Uchiko line from Matsuyama.
    *Substitute bus service is available between Tadotsu and Kannoji, and between Yahatahama and Uwajima.
  • Yodo line (Uwajima – Kubokawa)
    It takes at least two months to repair.
  • Chikuho line (Keisen – Haruda)
    *It will take a long time to recover this segment.

Those following limited express trains are suspended.

  • Limited Express Wide View Hida (Nagoya – Takayama – Toyama)
    This train is suspended until further notice. You cannot get Takayama, Gero and Hida-Furukawa by only this train now.
  • Limited Express Hashidate (Kyoto – Amanohashidate)
    Train #2, #5, #8 and #9 will be suspended between Fukuchiyama and Miyazu/Kumihama. These four train run between Kyoto and Fukuchiyama as usual. Other Limited Express Hashidate run as normal.
  • Limited Express Sunrise Izumo (Tokyo – Izumoshi)
    This trains will be suspended until the mid of August. Sunrise Seto runs as normal.
  • Limited Express Yakumo (Okayama – Izumoshi)
    This trains will be suspended until the mid of August.
  • Limited Express Shiokaze/Ishizuchi (Okayama/Takamatsu – Matsuyama)
    Shiokaze and Ishizuchi run between Takamatsu/Okayama and Tadotsu, and between Kannoji and Matsuyama. You have to take substitute bus service between Tadotsu and Kannoji due to track damage. Number of trips are fewer than original timetable.
  • Limited Express Uwakai (Matsuyama – Uwajima)
    This train will run between Matsuyama and Yawatahama. Substitute bus service will connect Yawatahama and Uwajima.
  • SL Yamaguchi (Shin Yamaguchi – Tsuwano)
    Steam locomotive cannot be sent to Shin-Yamaguchi because of Sanyo line closed. This train will be suspended until further notice.

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.

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

Very popular train, “Yufuin no Mori” now run on regular route

Hitahikosan lines 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.

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
shikagoe
Higashi
shikagoe
Sahoro
Resort
Shintoku
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
Resort
Higashi
shikagoe
Higashi
shikagoe
Furano
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.

85 thoughts on “Train operation status”

    1. Hi Len,

      Only Hashidate #2, #5, #8 and #9 are suspended between Fukuchiyama and Amanohashidate/Kimihama. These Hashidate run between Kyoto and Fukuchiyama as normal and other Hashidate run as normal.
      These suspended Hashidate are operated by Kyoto Tango Railway’s fleet. Probably Kyoto Tango Railway cannot send this fleet.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  1. Hello,
    We are planning to travel from Himeji to Hiroshima (Shinkansen Hikari) on 27/7, Hiroshima to Kanazawa (Shinkansen Sakura and Ltd Exp Thunderbird) on 29/7, Kanazawa to Takayama (Shinkansen Hakutaka and Ltd Exp Wide View Hida) on 31/7, and Takayama to Tokyo (Ltd Exp Wide View Hida via Nagoya) on 2/8. Are any of these currently closed? Are there alternatives?

    thank you.

    1. Hi Adrian,

      Ltd Exp Wide View Hida is suspended. I recommend you to take Nohi bus from Kanazawa to Takayama and Takayama to Nagoya.
      https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf
      https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/highwaybus/nagoya_en/

      If you intend to use rail pass, such as JR pass, it does not cover Nohi bus. You have to pay regular fare.

      If you want to take train, you have to change local train and substitute bus service several times. It’s slow and very inconvenient. It is not recommended for overseas tourist.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JRPail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    We are booked to go to Gero from Takayama on the 18th. With all of the closures, can we still expect the trains to be running, or can you recommend an alternative route? Thanks so much.

    Sincerely,
    Shanna

    1. Hi Shanna,

      Actually train runs between Takayama and Gero. But only local train runs on this segment now. Train runs by tentative timetable. So I don’t know how long it takes, but I guess it takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

      If you go south, such as Gifu, Nagoya, after visiting Gero, you need to take a substitute bus from Gero to Hida-Kanayama, and then take a local train from Hida-Kanayama to Gifu. If you go to Nagoya, you have to change trains at Gifu again.

      JR pass covers substitute bus service too but your trip is much longer than regular schedule and need to change train/bus a few times. It will be troublesome.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. 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!

  4. 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 Hyperdia.com 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

  5. 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
    Frank

    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.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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Many train lines are closed in Takayama, Okayama, Hiroshima and Shikoku due to serious damage by heavy rain storm in early July, 2018. Please check Train Operation Status to get the details.