Train operation status

Last updated at 0:00 on April 4, 2019 (Japan time)

This page shows you temporary closed sections by the natural disaster.

The 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.


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 16, 2019)


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 16, 2019)


There is no straight bus services from Shintoku to Furano.

Hidaka line (Hokkaido) between Mukawa and Shizunai

The segment between Mukawa and Shizunai is closed due to the landslide by high wind and wave. Substitute bus service on this segment is available. Train operation will be suspended until further notice.

Tohoku region

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.

Chugoku region

Geibi line between Karuga and Miyoshi is closed due to the damage by the heavy rain storm in the summer, 2018.


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

Hitahikosan line is damaged by the typhoon very seriously in 2018. This line will not be opened soon.

Aso cannot be accessed by the train only from Kumamoto. It was damaged by the earthquake in 2016.

199 thoughts on “Train operation status”

  1. Hi Takeshi
    I am planning to a trip to the following routes
    1. Kansai Airport to Kyoto @ Kyoto Station
    2. Kyoto Station to Takayama (2 nights) + day trip to Shirakawa go
    3. Takayama to Osaka Namba Station
    4. Osaka Namba to Kansai Airport

    I plan to buy ICOCA (rides within Kyoto and Osaka for place of interest) &
    HARUKA for airport transfers for Kyoto and Osaka. This is set of ICOCA + HARUKA.

    But I am not sure what is the best option for
    – From Kyoto = Nagoya = Takayama and from Takayama = Nagoya = Osaka Namba Station.
    The more I read from many travel blog and the more confused Iam.


    1. Hi Jacqueline,

      The best option is Nohi bus. Just pay a regular fare to take this express bus to Takayama and Shirakawago.

      If you take a train, it takes about 4 hours. It is faster than bus but it’s more expensive and need to change trains at least twice at Osaka and Nagoya. And the cost is about 25,000 yen for train fare to Takayama and bus fare to Shirakawago. I think bus is better option for you.


      Takeshi /

  2. コンニチハ Takeshi-san,

    You’ve got a ton of great info on your site. It’s been very helpful in planning my trip to Japan. ありがとうございました.

    I do have a couple of questions for you, though, in relation to travelling between Kumamoto and Aso:

    1. Has there been any indication of when the railway might re-open? I’m going in mid-March, so I expect it won’t by then?

    2. Can you use a JR Pass on the JR replacement bus from Higo-Ozu to Aso?



    1. Hi Michael san,

      1. I don’t think it will be open in next spring. The damage is huge.

      2. There is no substitute bus running either. Because the road was damaged too.

      If you want to go to Aso, please try to visit from Oita.


      Takeshi /

        1. Hi Michael san,

          Local bus company may operate a bus service. But it is not related to JR and it’s not covered by JR pass. I checked JR Kyushu official site and any bus service is not mentioned on this segment.


          Takeshi /

  3. Hello,
    I posted a message just then & as it was posting I noticed there was a typo in my email address

    It was meant to gave au at the end not su

    1. Hi Rhonda,

      You can take the following route:
      Kanazawa (Shinkansen) Toyama (local train) Inotani (substitute bus) Sakakami (local train) Takayama

      Or you may be able to catch the bus from Inotani to Takayama. You don’t need to change train/bus at Sakakami. You can find the bus timetable between Sakakami/Takayama and Inotani in the post above.

      Inotani – Sakakami segment is located between Toyama and Takayama. But this segment has been closed due to the damage by storm in this past summer.

      I guess the reason why Kanazawa station staff recommended you to take the bus is very complicated. As you see, you have to change train and bus a few times. And train and bus are not express. It runs for a local commuter basically.

      You have to pay full fare if you take a bus from Kanazawa to Takayama. But this is much easier to get Takayama from Kanazawa. Please find the info about the bus in the link below:

      The reservation is required to take this bus. So it may be booked out. But you can see the staff in Nohi bus office and find the availability if you want.

      Good luck.


      Takeshi /

  4. Hi! I plan to take the shinkansen from Kanazawa to Tokyo. Can anyone kindly advise if the train tracks are in operation or otherwise?

      1. With mid november approaching any status updates on the line between toyama and furukawa opening up and becoming operational?

  5. Dear Sir,
    I will take U-Sky Express train from Nagoya Airport to Nagoya Station then connect train to Takayama Station. May I know if the JR Hilda Limited Express train is the only fastest train serviced between Nagoya and Takayama ? Where is the train station located, inside Nagoya Station? And where can I get the train schedule information?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Max,

      Wide View Hida is only express train which runs between Nagoya and Takayama. Please see the link below to find the detailed info about Nagoya station:

      Please use hyperdia to find the train schedule:


      Takeshi /

      1. Dear Takeshi San, Thank you very much. May I asked when I arrived from Nagoya airport by U-Sky train, it should be arrived at Mieitetsu Nagoya station correct ? How could I go to Taiko dori exit in Nagoya station? My hotel is located near Taiko dori exit.
        thank you

        1. Hi Max san,

          You will arrive in Meitetsu Nagoya station. Taikodori exit is other side of Nagoya station and it is closed to Shinkansen ticket gate. So you can follow the signage of “Shinkansen” and you will find Taikodori exit. It’s not such a hard to find it. Just follow the signage.


          Takeshi /

  6. When will JR East announce the opening date of the Inotani – Takayama segment? Do you think it is possible that it will be opened by the spring of 2019?
    Thank you Takeshi, your precious work has an inestimable value for us


  7. Hello,

    just wondering if you can help with the following,

    I had a ticket for the Narita express on October 1st at 16:46 but the train was cancelled. I had to seek alternative transport in order to make my flight. I now need to make an insurance claim to recoup the cost of the transport. My insurance provider requires written confirmation from the carrier detailing the reason why the transport was cancelled. Do you have any information regarding this?

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Sam,

      Unfortunately I could not find any information about it. If it happened in the last few days, I may be able to find the reason. It’s hard to find the reason of the happening more than a week ago. Even if I have it, I’m a just blogger, not carrier. My info does not meet to your insurance company’s requirement.

      You may contact JR East over the phone if you need.


      Takeshi /

  8. Hi there, I want to travel from Kyoto to Takayama on 22 Oct. Google maps tells me to take the JR Hida Line. However, it says here that the Takayama Line has been suspended — is this the same line as the JR Hida Line google is telling me to take? If so, is the info on that page accurate/updated?

    Would appreciate some advice on this, thanks so much!

  9. Hi,
    I am interested in travelling between Inotani and Takayama. I can see that there is a rapid bus service available. There also appears to be the option of catching a bus from Inotani to Sakakami, and then a train from Sakakami to Takayama, however, the table listed under “From Inotani to Takayama (on the way to Takayama and Hida-Furukawa from Toyama)” does not make any sense. Is it possible that you could please review the timetable?
    Thanks in advance.

  10. Hi there!

    Not sure if you will have info on this, but fingers crossed…

    We were travelling on the Narita Express yesterday, the 5 October, from Shibuya. The train got cancelled and we were told to catch the bus. The lines were enormous and we missed our flight. We have heard that the cancellation was due to salt water on the tracks from the typhoon. Do you have any information regarding this? We need something in writing for our travel insurance.

    Thank you


    1. Hi Katie,

      Actually I’m in Japan and I was in Narita Airport yesterday. I was stuck there.
      I have heard that the ground was sunk and found the hole beside the train tracks near Shin-Koiwa station which is located on the way to Narita airport from Tokyo. All trains, such as Narita Express and Airport rapid train were suspended due to this issue. As far as I know, all trains from 16:10 to 17:30 were canceled before this issue was fixed.


      Takeshi /

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