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 the train between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora for a while.

Hakone had the record breaking rainfalls. There are lots of closed segment on the road too. Many of bus lines are suspended as well. Please find the most updated operation information in the link below:

Hakone Navi Transportation info

I don’t think Hakone Tozan Railway will be restored by the end of this year.

Agatsuma line between Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi and Omae

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

You can access Kusatsu Onsen by a train and a bus. The limited express Kusatsu runs as normal.

Sanriku Railway between Tsugaruishi and Kamaishi, and between Taro and Kuji

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

Joban line between Tomioka and Namie (Fukushima)

Substitute services are available. This segment will be open in spring 2020.

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

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

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.

JPRail.com PDF timetable (valid until mid March, 2020)

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 will not be opened soon.

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. Hi, is there a place to pick up the JR pass in Fuji?

    Do you think trains and busses will be running from Tokyo to Hakone to Fuji to Osaka the 2nd last week of November?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Helen,

      At this point, most of transportation have been restored in Hakone and Fuji. Hakone Tozan railway (Hakone Yumoto – Gora) and Hakone Ropeway are suspeneded. Please find more info about Hakone in the link below:
      https://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/

      In Hakone and Fuji area, only Odawara and Mishima are the exchange place of JR pass. But you can exchange the pass in advance in Tokyo. You can choose the date when you want to start using it. You can find the list of the exchange place in the link below:
      http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/exchange.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hello,
    I was planning on traveling from Tokyo to Sapporo (Tokyo to Hakodate, and then Hakodate to Sapporo) on November 26th (first train of the day) and returning on the 28th, and then taking a later train from Tokyo to Osaka (also on the 28th) to December 2nd. Will these trains be available?

  3. Hi Takeshi-san,

    On November 4, I need to travel from Takasaki to Tobu-Nikko Station, but the Ryomo line is disrupted from Ashikaga to Tochigi. Is there a replacement bus for the disrupted section? Or what is my best option to go from Takasaki to Tobu-Nikko Station? Thank you.

    1. Hi khonie san,

      The substitute bus runs between Sano and Tochigi. At this point, Ryomo line is closed between Iwafune and Tochigi. The train runs to Iwafune from Takasaki but you have to get off the train at Sano which is one station before Iwafune. Then take the substiute bus to get Tochigi from Sano. You can take the bus by the train ticket from Takasaki to Tochigi. You can change to Tobu railway at Tochigi.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi-san,

    Our itinerary :

    25 Oct Arrive Kansai Airport Terminal 1 about 1.30pm – plan to use Airport Limo Bus from
    Kansai Airport Terminal 1 to Osaka Stn, and walk to Ibis Umeda Hotel

    26 Oct Travel Osaka (Umeda) Stn to Takeyama – plan to use LTD. EXP. (WIDE VIEW) HIDA
    25 leaving from Osaka to Takayama via Gifu, departing 8.02am fr Platform 11,
    arriving 12.23pm at Takayama

    29 Oct Travel Takeyama to Kanazawa using either Hokuriku Tetsudo Bus leaving at
    11.20am or Nohi Bus leaving at 12.50pm

    3 Nov Kanazawa to Kyoto using either LTD. EXP THUNDERBIRD 20 or 22

    7 Nov Kyoto to Osaka using either LTD. EXP THUNDERBIRD or JR Special Rapid Service
    for HIMEJI

    9 Oct Osaka (Umeda) Stn to Kansai Airport Terminal 1 using Airport Limo Bus

    We may do some daytrips eg. Kanazawa to Kaga, Takeyama to Shirakawa-go

    Question 1 : Based on above itinerary by my calculation, it is not worthwhile to get JR 7 day Pass or even the 5-day Hokuriko Alpine Pass etc. It seems we will be better off just buying tickets as we go. Is this correct?
    If not, please advise which JR Pass would be most suitable for our itinerary, thank you

    Question 2 : On 26 Oct , taking LTD. EXP. (WIDE VIEW) HIDA at 8.02am from Osaka to Takeyama , is it better to sit on the left or right hand side of carriage? And is there a change of carriage direction at Gifu Stn?

    Question 3: On 29 Oct – by taking the Bus option (instead of train), are we missing out on any spectacular views? Or the views are equally spectacular on the bus route?

    Thank you,
    Sophy

    1. Hi Sophy san,

      1. As you think, you cannot use any passes. Most deals which cover this area is valid for 5 days. It’s too short to cover your trip. Regular fare ticket is your choice.

      2. Right side is better. The train from Osaka does not change direction at Gifu. Only the train from Nagoya change the direction at Gifu.

      3. I recommend you to take the train from Takayama to Kanazawa via Toyama. From Takayama to Toyama, you can see Miya river and Jintsu river. You can enjoy the scenery at either side at the beginning. Right side is better before reaching Toyama. The scenery is much better than the bus route.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi. Good day Takeshi san. I’m planning to go Tachikawa station using this plan on Saturday. Shinano Kawakami-Kobuchizawa
    Kobuchizawa-Tachikawa Station via Azusa Limited Express. Will there be any problem on this trip? Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Saimon,

      Unfortunately you cannot make this trip. Koumi line is closed between Nobeyama and Komoro. Shinano-Kawakami is located in this closed section. This closed segment will not open until early November.
      And the limited express Azusa will not run until the end of this month. The local train will run between Kobuchizawa and Tachikawa. But the number of trips will be much fewer than normal.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. hi Takeshi- san
    could you please tell me that if Mie line/train between Nagoya and Toba is included in the JR Ise-Kumano pass?. I’ve checked the description of the Pass, it does not mention Mie Line but when I clicked the JR timetable provided by the site it’s included.
    Thanks a lot

  7. Dear Takeshi san,

    We ll be travelling to Kurobe George by Hokuriku Shinkansen on 30th Oct. If the shinkansen is still not resumed on that day, is there any bus connecting Nagoya – JoetsuMyoko? Thus, we can continue the journey to Kurobe Gorge from there.

    Thank you so much.
    Regards,
    Rita

    1. Hi Rita san,

      I cannot say it will be open on 30th. At this point, they didn’t tell the exact day to open. They said it takes 1 to 2 weeks to fix.
      Actually there are lots of damages on the road too. There is no substitute bus services available either. You have to take the following routes:
      1. Go to Nagaoka (Niigata) and take the limited express Shirayuki or rapid to Joetsumyoko and take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to get Toyama
      2. Go to Hakuba by the bus and take the local trains to Itoigawa. You must change trains between Itoigawa and Hakuba. And take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Toyama.

      If everything will go smoothly, it may be open on 30th. Just stick around this page. I will update the info as much as I can.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi san,

        Thanks for the prompt reply and noted the alternative routes. We ll keep waiting for the updates.

        Have a good day!

        Regards,
        Rita

  8. Dear Takeshi-san,

    I had bought the Hokuriku Arch pass to travel from Tokyo to Kanazawa. But now it cannot be used due to the suspended train operations. I need to travel from Tokyo to Kanazawa on 25 Oct and return on 30 Oct. Can you advise how I can book tickets/reserve seat for Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya/Maibara and also for limited express Shirasagi from Maibara/Nagoya to Kanazawa? I search on the JR websites but could not find info on how I can buy the tickets online. Appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    1. Hi Chris san,

      First of all, Hokuriku Arch Pass does not cover Tokyo-Maibara/Nagoya-Kanazawa route basically. In this case, the pass may cover the route because of the suspension on Hokuriku Shinkansen. The most updated info said that it takes 1 to 2 weeks to repair the operation system of Hokuriku Shinkansen. However if there are more issues, it takes more time to fix.

      Before you go, please contact your travel agent where you buy the pass, and make sure that the pass covers Tokyo-Nagoya/Maibara-Kanazawa route. If not, please ask them to cancel your pass without any fees. If it does not cover, use JR Pass instead.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html

      The price is higher but this pass is only one which cover Tokyo-Maibara/Nagoya-Kanazawa route.

      There is no ways to book for this route online. You have to book it after you arrive in Japan.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Dear Takeshi san,

            Sorry, I have one more question. Do you know if I can make seat reservations for both Tokaido Shinkansen and Limited Express Shirasagi at JR East Center office at Narita Airport? Or do I need to get them from other office/stations/areas? Thank you.

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