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
  • Nippo line between Saiki and Usuki
  • 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 Furano to Shintoku

Furano Higashishikagoe Higashishikagoe Shintoku
07:20 08:04 08:09 09:11
11:15 12:00 12:05 13:05
16:46 17:31 17:36 18:36
19:06 19:50 19:55 20:55

From Furano to Shintoku

Shintoku Higashishikagoe Higashishikagoe Furano
07:52 09:02 09:12 09:51
10:49 11:59 12:09 12:49
13:58 15:03 15:13 15:52
16:20 17:30 17:40 18:20
18:38 19:48 19:58 20:35

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 there,

    I want to say thank you for all the information and time that you have taken to put it all together on your side. There is SO MUCH to read and understand!

    I’m putting together my itinerary for my 12 landed days in Japan. It a family of 5 and I would like to know if I could share my google drive file with you so that you can view my itinerary. I would really appreciate any thoughts/comments you may have. I apologize for this big favour. Please let me know if there is a way I can connect with you.

    Thank you very much

  2. I need a travel by train from Ube shinkawa Station and hope to arrive at Kansai International Airport at August 2,2016 before 09.00 AM. Can you inform me the train which I can use by 18 kippu?. Is there any moonlight train from Shin Yamaguchi (or another station at Yamaguchi Prefecture) to go to Kansai?
    Also the train from Kansai to Ube shinkawa at August 25, 2016 night so I can arrive at Ube shinkawa station at August 26,2016?
    Please help me to get the information as soon.
    Thank you very much.
    Biggest regards,

    1. Hi Tun,

      First of all, there is no overnight train options available. You have to take day time train only.

      Actually it’s such a long trip. It takes about 11 to 12 hours with changing train 6 or 7 times if you use Seishun 18 kippu. You need to travel on Aug 1 to Osaka or somewhere near Kansai airport. Otherwise you cannot get Kansai by 9:00 am because of no overnight options.

      It’s same thing on the way back to Ube-Shinkaawa. It takes more than 10 hours trip with multiple transfers. You need to stay in Osaka or near Kansai.

      You can use hyperdia to check the schedule. When you search, click “more option” and check only “Local Train” and “JR”.


      Takeshi /

  3. Hello,

    I am thinking of taking the trains between 14 – 20 Aug 2016 from Sapporo-Osaka-Tokyo which train route would you recomend please? Thk you.

    1. Hi IMA,

      Please see the link below:

      It shows only the route between Tokyo and Sapporo. But when you go to Osaka from Sapporo, you need to go to Tokyo first. And then taking another Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka. It takes about 2.5 hours. Please see the link below to find Shinkansen info between Tokyo and Osaka.


      Takeshi /

  4. Is there a train service from Shin Aomori to Moriaka , departing at 8.30am to arrive by 9.30 am on Oct 24 2016? I know I could take the Hiyabusa

  5. Hello Takeshi-san,

    1) How long does it take to do the Tatami line starting from Aizu Wakamatsu (as we will be from Aomori) to Aizu Wa? Possible to do a day trip and back to Aizu-Kawaguchi?

    2) If we were to hop off at certain stations for photo taking, where are the best vantage points if you may suggest?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Marhamah san,

      1. Where is “Aizu Wa”? Anyway find the trip time at Hyperdia.

      2. Actually I’m not very familiar with photo. I think you have seen some photos of Tadami line. But most of spots cannot be accessed without car. I have no idea about photo taking in the station along Tadami line actually.


      Takeshi /

      1. Thank you for your reply.

        Aizu-wakamatsu…sorry it was truncated.

        Regarding the photo taking along tatami line….I note your comments.

        Thank you again

  6. Hello, Takeshi-san!

    I would really appreciate your help with my situation.

    I just realized upon receiving my multiple-entry visa that I am no longer eligible to avail a JR Pass. This is much to my dismay as I was planning to travel from Fukuoka to Hakodate following the route:

    Fukuoka – Kyoto – Tokyo – Hakodate -Tokyo – Nagoya – Fukuoka

    I know that I can still purchase separate regional passes. But would you recommend such? Or would it be too much of a loss as compared to having a JR Pass? Would it be better to try other avenues, such as buying a bus pass instead?\

    Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Francine san,

      It is very very hard to find the deals other than JR pass. I think most of other deals require same visa status. I’m not sure you can use the following deals but those are the best substitute.

      Fukuoka-Kyoto return – Sanyo Sanin Area Pass

      Kyoto-Tokyo return – Single fare

      Tokyo-Hakodate retrun – JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass

      I cannot compare it. It depends on which JR pass you intend to use. But Sanyo Sanin Area Pass is valid for 7 days. That means you have to complete Fukuoka to Fukuoka in 7 days. Even if you can use these passes and make it in 7 days, the cost is around 70000 yen. It’s about 10000 yen higher than even 21 days pass.

      I’m not familiar with bus service. But I think you can use bus Tokyo-Kyoto/Nagoya-Fukuoka segments. And you can use JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass.

      I’ms sorry but you will have to spend much more than JR pass.


      Takeshi /

  7. Dear Takeshi,

    I planned to depart from Nagasaki for Kagoshima on 16 May, then onto Kumamoto for 17 & 18 May 2016 traveling by Shinkansen. Now I am reviewing my plans.

    Is there another coastal route open to Kagoshima by a slower JR train?

    I will use a 14 day JR Rail Pass.

    Thank you.


    1. Hi Liam,

      At this point, there is no way to get Kagoshima via Kumamoto side. Shikansen will run tomorrow between Hakata and Kumamoto. Conventional line will open. But the segment between Yatsushiro and Sendai is not JR. This segment is not covered by JR pass.

      Only Nagasaki – Hakata – Oita – Miyazaki – Kagoshima route is fully covered. But you will have a time until you will travel. I expect Shikansen will open fully.


      Takeshi /

  8. Hi Takeshi,
    I’m planning to go to the kansai this summer and i would like to know where it is better to be based to do daytrips to/from osaka-kyoto-nara-kobe and in wish area to use my jr pass only.
    Thank you very much for your effort.

  9. Hi Takeshi San
    I will be travelling in November (10 days) & my routes are as follows:
    Airport – Kyoto
    Kyoto – Arashiyma
    Kyoto – Nara
    Kyoto – Nagoya – Takayama
    Takayama – Osaka
    Osaka – Hiroshima
    Osaka – Himeja (kobe)
    Osaka – airport.
    which is most appropate JR PASS to use??

    Awaits your reply

    1. Hi Dolly san,

      You may use ICOCA and Haruka, and JR pass 7 days. ICOCA and Haruka covers trip to Kyoto and you can use ICOCA e-money to get Arashiyama and Nara.

      And the you can start using JR pass when you leave Kyoto for Takayama. I think it will cover until the end of your trip.


      Takeshi /

  10. Hi,
    Can i have JR bus schedule between Tadami and Aizu-Kawaguchi?
    I want to try JR Tadami line. As I read in the internet, the view from this train is superb. i plan to go with this route (Koide Station to Koriyama Station) on 12 April 2016. Kindly advise me.


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