Train operation status

This page shows you the long term closed sections by the natural disaster.

The substitute transportation service is sometimes available on the 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.

Hakone Tozan Railway between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October.

You cannot travel by a train between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora for a while.

Hakone had the record breaking rainfall. Many parts of Hakone Tozan Railway were damaged by the land slides. The substitute bu services run between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora. Please find the most updated operation information in the link below:

Hakone Navi Transportation info

This line will be open in July 2020.

Suigun line between Hitachi-Daigo and Saigane (Fukushima, Ibaraki)

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October. This segment will be open in summer 2021.

Nemuro line between Higashishikagoe and Shintoku (Hokkaido)

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 in the link below to make sure the timetable. PDF timetable (valid until mid March, 2020)

Senmo line between Kushiro and Midori (Hokkaido)

The segment between Kushiro and Midori is closed due to the damage by a heavy rainfall. Substitute bus service on this segment is available.

Hidaka line between Mukawa and Shizunai (Hokkaido)

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.

JR Hokkaido and the town/city mayors have reached the tentative agreement. This line is expected to be closed and will be replaced by a local bus service near future.

Hitahikosan line between Yoake and Soeda (Kyushu)

Hitahikosan line was damaged by the typhoon very seriously in 2018. This line seems to be replaced by a local bus service because of a low demand.

Houhi line between Hiro-Otsu and Aso (Kyushu)

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

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258 thoughts on “Train operation status”

  1. Hello,
    I live in Minobu and am trying to get to Narita airport. It seems a lot of the roads and trains are blocked. It was suggested I go down through Shizuoka. Are the train lines into Tokyo from there open?

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    I am supposed to be taking the Hokuriku shinkansen from Tokyo to Hakodate on 18th October. However, due to the flooding of the vehicle centre at Nagano after Typhoon Hagibis, there’s no news of when Hokuriku Shinkansen will resume operations. Do you think service would have resumed by the 18th? I’m flying to Tokyo in 2 days’ time on 15th Oct… currently quite undecided whether to stick to taking the Shinkansen (hoping services will resume by then) or to cancel my JR East-South Hokkaido rail pass and book domestic airtickets instead.

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    I am planning to take the Tadami line on 26 December 2019. Do you know if i need to reserve the seat before that? I understand it is a limited seat train and i am afraid it might not accommodate all of us. My group is 9 pax.

    1. Hi Clara,

      You cannot reserve a seat on any trains of Tadami line. The train on Tadami line is a local train only. You have to stand up if all seats are occupied. But you can ride the train anyway.


      Takeshi /

  4. Hi Takeshi San,

    I am planning a trip to Japan for my family in November (with a disabled daughter in a wheelchair).
    We wand to travel from Hiroshima to Tokyo (Asakusa) on 29 November 2019. I checked the time table of this connection:
    Starting at 9:39 at Hiroshima station by Nozomi to Shinagawa – 1 change to Keikyu Main Line arriving in Askusa at 13:57 h.
    This would be perfect, but I got the following message:

    “Delay/ Suspension is occurring”

    How is this to understand. Is the train canceled for this day?

    If yes – How could we get to Asakusa on 29 November 2019?

    Thank you so much for your reply,

    1. Hi Uli san,

      I don’t know which site you found this comment, “Delay/ Suspension is occurring”.

      Basically the train runs as the timetable. Of course it may delay or be suspended due to the accident or the weather. I think you can ignore this.

      By the way, train companies will make a revision of timetable in October usually. I don’t think it will be a big change but the timetable may be changed. You can make your trip plan by this train schedule but you have to check the updated timetable in late October.


      Takeshi /

  5. Hi Takeshi San,

    I am looking forward to visit Japan. We will have JR passes . I have read about damaged train routes.
    1. Do you advise travelling 24 april 10.22 am UenoTokyo (train) -Omiya ( kagayaki train) -Toyama (wide view hida bus) to Takayama or you advise 10.16 Ueno (train)-Tokyo (hikari train)-nagoya (wide view hida bus) to Takayama (depart around 10.00)
    2. Takayama to Kyoto 25 april again around 10 am, eg 9.38 wide view hida bus to nagoya- 12.18 hikari train to kyoto is also running?
    3. As far as I can see all is JR pass covered, right ?
    Thank you so much for answering.
    Regards, Wies

    1. Hi Wies san,

      All routes are active and you have no problem to travel. All routes are covered by JR pass. When you go to Takayama from Tokyo, you may take Toyama – Takayama route because you will take Takayama – Nagoya route when you go to Kyoto. You should try different scenery.

      By the way, Wide View Hida is not a bus. It’s a train.


      Takeshi /

  6. Dear Takashi San,

    Can you tell me if the Hohi line between Oita and Aso is operating? I hearing reports that the hohi line is halted and that we have to take a bus from Kumamoto to Aso.
    The train is showing on Hyperdia, but the reports say that’s not true.
    We will be in the area Beginning April.

    Hope that you can help me with this.


  7. Hello,
    I’m planning a trip to the Rabbit Island near Hiroshima from Osaka in March. I will be taking the Shinkansen from Osaka to Mihara. Is the JR Kuro line from Mihara to Tadanoumi restored yet? I cannot find the schedule on the website.

    Thank you very much.

  8. When is the train from Kumamoto to Aso expected to re-open? I will be in Japan May 2019 and hoping to visit the region. Thanks

  9. Arigato gozaimas Takeshi San.

    Yes you are right about Toyama-Kanazawa-Maibara-Nagoya route. But this route is not covered by the Takayama Hokuriku 5 Day Pass which we have purchased in my home country, Malaysia.

    I shall take the Nouhi Express Bus from Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama and then the Hida Wide View from Takayama to Nagoya. Is this workable?


  10. Hi Takeshi,

    Is the Hida Wide View from Toyama to Nagoya back to operation? I plan to take the shinkasen from Kanazawa to Toyama & the Hida Wide View from Toyama to Nagoya middle of next month.


      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        Thank you very much. Very happy to hear that. Looking forward to explore the areas under the Takayama-Hokuriku 5 day pass.


          1. Hi Takeshi San,

            I tried looking at Hyperdia for Hida Wide View between Toyama & Nagoya but it does not show any direct train.

            Hyperdia suggested several routes involving transits in several cities before reaching Nagoya from Toyama.

            Do you have the time table for Hida Wide View direct between Toyama to Nagoya?


            1. Hi Chia san,

              Because Hyperdia shows the fastest route. Wide View Hida is not the fastest route from Toyama to Nagoya. Probably you found the route, such as Toyama-Kanazawa-Maibara-Nagoya, right? This route is faster than Wide View Hida.

              If you want to see Wide View Hida route, please click “More option” just above “search” button. You will find “Via 1”, “Via 2” and “Via 3”. Please input “Takayama” at Via 1 and “Gero” at Via 2 for Toyama to Nagoya. If you look for Nagoya to Toyama, Gero at Via 1 and Takayama at Via 2. You will find Wide View Hida route.


              Takeshi /

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