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. 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

Sanriku Railway between Rikuchuyamada and Kamaishi, and between Fudai and Kuji

This line is closed by the damage due to the typhoon in 2019 October. The segment between Kuji and Fudai will be open on March 14th, 2020. Whole part of this railway will be open on March 20th, 2020.

Joban line between Tomioka and Namie (Fukushima)

Substitute services are available. This segment will be open on March 14th, 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.

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 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. Hi Takeshi-San,

    I was just wondering if you could recommend the best rail pass for 4 adults travelling to Japan from March 21st to April 1st 2020.

    21st – 25th March – Tokyo
    25th – Tokyo to Kyoto
    26th-27th – Kyoto
    28th – Kyoto to Nara
    29th – Kyoto
    30th – Kyoto to Osaka
    31st – Osaka
    1st April – Osaka to Osaka Kansai International Airport

    Look forward to hear from you.
    Best wishes,
    Sandra

    1. Hi Sandra san,

      JR Pass is only deal which covers whole part of your trip but unfortunately you cannot get the worth of it. You have to use a local deal, such as subway pass in each cities and regular fare ticket for city to city. I have a sample itinerary which almost same as your trip plan. Please see the link below. You can find how you manage this trip:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/7to9-days/basic-itinerary-of-tokyo-kyoto-and-osaka-in-7-days.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Dear Takeshi,
    It is me again. I need your opinions as well as suggestions.
    I will be travelling to Japan in December.
    My route is:
    2 to 5 Dec – Hiroshima and Miyajima
    5 to 8 Dec – Kyoto
    8 to 16 Dec – Osaka, Kobe, Nara and Himeji

    I want to use JR pass but I wonder whether there is another pass that is possible for me to use other than the JR pass.
    Please assist me.
    Thank you
    Zara

    1. Hi Zara,

      JR pass is too expensive and you cannot get the worth of it by this trip plan.

      Kansai Hiroshima area pass is recommended as I mentioned you previously. For other part of your trip, you can use other deal, such as Kansai thru pass, Kansai area pass.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/how-to-choose-discount-railway-ticket-and-pass-in-kansai-area.html

      You also can use subway pass and/or bus pass in Osaka and Kyoto.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Dear Takeshi-san,

    Seeking your advice on which Hokuriku pass should I get for my itinerary below.
    Would Hokuriku Arch Pass be suitable or should I combine Tokyo Wide Pass with Hokuriku Area Pass and buy single trip tickets for routes not covered in these passes?
    Thank you for your kind advice.

    Nov 15 : Day 1 – Arrive in Haneda Airport. Travel to Takasaki
    Day 2 – Day trip to Karuizawa
    Day 3 – Takasaki to Toyama
    Day 4 – Day trip to Takaoka
    Day 5 – Toyama to Kanazawa to Awara Onsen
    Day 6 – Awara Onsen to Osaka. Staying in Namba area.
    Day 7 – F&E in Osaka
    Day 8 – F&E in Osaka
    Day 9 – Nankai line to Kansai Airport.

    Regards
    Zan

    1. Hi Zan san,

      Hokuriku Arch Pass is the best choice. If you use Tokyo Wide Pass and Hokuriku Area Pass, Saku-Daira to Joetsumyoko is not in the coverage area of these passes. But you have to go to Toyama because Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass is not sold at Joetsumyoko. Total cost is much higher than Hokuriku Arch Pass. So use Hokuriku Arch Pass for day 1 to 7. You may add a local deal in Osaka:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-from-kansai-airport-to-downtown-osaka-kyoto-and-kobe.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi-san,

    I will be visiting Japan from 21 December – 2 January (14 days) and will be visiting the following places:
    Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Takayama (including Shirakawago), Nagano, Fuji and back to Tokyo to catch my flight. I have gone through all the JR passes available but not able to decide on the best JR plan.
    Would appreciate if you could advise on the best possible JR pass.

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Khorli san,

      JR pass is only choice for your trip. There is no other passes to cover your trip.
      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

      If you can make Tokyo-Kyoto-Nagoya-Takayama-Nagoya-Tokyo in 7 days period, you can use 7-day JR pass. You can visit Fuji as day trip from Tokyo. Even if you stay overnight there, you can make Tokyo-Fuji-Tokyo trip separately from Tokyo-Kyoto-Nagoya-Takayama-Nagoya-Tokyo. You don’t need JR pass to make the trip to Fuji anyway. You don’t need to include Fuji in 7 days period. Please see the link below to find the info about the trip to Fuji.
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-fuji-area-various-sample-itineraries-of-fuji-five-lakes-and-5th-station.html

      For staying in Tokyo, there are many deals which include airport transfer + subway ticket:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/narita/the-list-of-deals-for-access-to-downtown-tokyo-from-narita-airport.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/haneda/how-to-access-from-haneda-airport-to-downtown-tokyo.html

      Otherwise you may use 14-day JR pass. Roughly your total cost is almost equal or slghtly lower than 14-day pass cost.

      At last, you will travel in busy period. Please see the link below and try to avoid the travel in the busiest days:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/travel-tips/2019-busiest-period-to-travel-by-train-tips-to-book-your-seat-in-even-during-the-busy-period.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi san,

    I would like to know whether can i use the Kansai Hokurikui pass for Ltd Exp Super Hakuto from Sannomiya – Kyoto?
    the Shinkansen from Kyoto to Shin Osaka route is not valid for this pass,how about the Ltd Express train within the pass area,is there any limitation?can i use this pass to access Tottori? as i read conflicting info online that confused me.
    Appreciate your kind advice.
    Thank you.

  6. Dear, Takeshi san
    Please advise how to buy a JR East Pass, Tohoku area. My planned itinerary is to start from Tokyo and visit Aomori, Sendai, Yamagata, Morioka and Akita.My travel date is planned for March 2020. Please let me know if (1) this Pass is available for sale in Japan (since my local JBT only sells National Pass, and (2) my itinerary is correct for the Regional Pass. Thank you again for your assistance

  7. Hi Takeshi-san,

    May I know which train pass should I buy for travel within Tokyo and nearby cities like Kamakura, Chiba, Yokohama, Hakone. I am coming from Narita Airport.

    Thanks,
    JL

    1. Hi Janice san,

      Greater Tokyo Pass is most recommended.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/greater-tokyo-pass-offers-unlimited-ride-of-tokyo-subway-and-major-non-jr-lines-in-tokyo-and-surrounding-area.html

      But Hakone is outside the coverage area. You have two choices. You can get Odawara by Greater Tokyo Pass. You can add Hakone Free Pass there. Greater Tokyo Pass is valid for only 3 days. So you can use this pass for other than Hakone and you can add Hakone Free Pass at Shinjuku.
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Takeshi
    I’m planning a trip that starts with the Kakunodate fire/snow festival next February. From there I’ll catch trains to Hirosaki that include the Resort Shirakami. Can I just show my Japan Rail Pass to board that train, or is it s reserved-seat-only service? If it is, do you think it is likely to book out in the middle of winter (it will be Valentine’s Day, actually)?

    1. Hi David,

      You must book a seat to take both Akita Shinkansen from Kakunodate to Akita and Resort Shirakami from Akita to Hirosaki. You can show your JR Pass at the reservation window at any major JR station. You can receive a reserved seat ticket at free of charge. JR pass covers reserved seat fee but you must receive a ticket in advance.

      Usually Resort Shirakami is not busy in winter time. But this train runs along the coastline. When the weather is severe, this train will be suspended. You have to take inland route.

      You also can book a seat online. The ticket is sold on the day of one month prior to travel day. You have to put your credit card info but it won’t be charged. If you don’t pick up a ticket, it will be charged. You can show your JR pass and you will receive it at free of charge.
      https://www.eki-net.com/pc/jreast-shinkansen-reservation/English/wb/common/Menu/Menu.aspx?_ga=1.4778995.1325107855.1421419524

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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