Train operation status

Last updated at 23:00 on November 19th, 2018 (Japan time)

This page shows you temporary closed sections by natural disaster.

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.

Hokkaido

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 17, 2018)

FuranoHigashi
shikagoe
Higashi
shikagoe
Sahoro
Resort
Shintoku
07:2008:0408:0909:0009:11
11:1512:0012:0512:5413:05
14:1915:0415:1316:0216:21
16:4617:3117:3618:2618:45
19:0619:5019:5520:55

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 17, 2018)

ShintokuSahoro
Resort
Higashi
shikagoe
Higashi
shikagoe
Furano
07:5908:1509:0709:1509:54
10:4911:0511:5712:0912:49
13:5814:1415:0515:1315:52
16:2016:3617:2817:4018:20
18:3818:5419:4719:5820:35

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.

Kansai region

Nankai Railway is now suspending a train service between Gokurakubashi and Koyasan from November 26th to February 28th due to a construction at Koyasan Cable car. New fleet will replace a current fleet on Koyasan Cable car.

In this period, a substitute bus will run between Hashimoto and Koyasan. It will not depart from Gokurakubashi. You have to get off a train at Hashimoto and change a bus to Koyasan. Please see Nankai Railway official press release.

Chugoku region

Geibi line between Karuga and Miyoshi, between Bingo-Shobara and Bingo-Ochiai are closed due to the damage by heavy rain storm in this past summer. The segment between Bingo-Ochiai and Bingo-Shobara will be open soon.

Kyushu

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
  • Chikuho line between Keisen and Haruda

Hitahikosan line and Chikuho line are damaged by typhoon very seriously. This line will not be opened soon.

Aso cannot be accessed by train only from Kumamoto. It was damaged by earthquake in 2016. Access route to Aso from Oita was damaged by typhoon in September, 2018.

191 thoughts on “Train operation status”

  1. 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

  2. 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?

    Regards
    Chia

  3. 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.

    Chia

      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.

        Cheers

          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?

            Arigato
            Chia

            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.

              Cheers,

              Takeshi / JPRail.com

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