Kyushu Train Operation status. Closed sections due to heavy rain in mid July, 2012

Ltd exp Yufuin no Mori was suspended, but it is back to normal now. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
Ltd exp Yufuin no Mori was suspended, but it is back to normal now. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Revised, August 4,2013 (Japan time) — All closed section has been opened on this day.

Revised, September 24,2012 (Japan time) — I update these following info when the status has been changed. It seems to take a long time to repair the closed sections on Houhi line and Kyudai line.
*All sections are repaired except the section between Miyaji and Bungo-Takeda on Houhi line.

JR Kyushu have announced that they have completed the investigation. They have a plan to open the section between Miyaji and Bungo-Takeda by August, 2013. It will take one year to fix because about 100 damages have been found. If you have a plan to get Mt. Aso from Oita/Beppu side, you need to transfer to substitute bus service at Bungo-Takeda. Direct train service will not be available for next one year.

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  • Houhi line (豊肥本線) between Higo-Otsu (肥後大津) Tateno (立野) Miyaji (宮地) and Ogata (緒方) Bungo-Takeda (豊後竹田).
    Substitute bus services are available between Higo-Otsu Tateno and Miyaji (宮地) and Bugo-Hagi (豊後荻) and Ogata Bungo-Takeda.
    The section between Higo-Otsu and Tateno will be opened on Jul 24. It is open now.
  • Kyudai line (久大本線) between Kurume (久留米) Chikugo-Yoshii (筑後吉井) Ukiha (うきは) and Hita (日田). It has started to operate on August 25.
  • Hitahikosan line (日田彦山線) between Soeda (添田) and Yoake (夜明)
    It has started to operated on July 27.
  • Chikuho line (筑豊本線) It has started to operate on July 16.

All trains are suspended on those above sections. And also the following limited express train is suspended.

  • Kyushu Odan Tokkyu (Trans Kyushu Limited Express)All trains are suspended between Kumamoto and Beppu. JR Kyushu have started to operated between Miyaji and Hitoyoshi via Kumamoto, and Oita and Bugo-Takeda on September 3. The section between Bungo-Takeda and Miyaji is still suspended.

I will keep posting and update all these information.

15 thoughts on “Kyushu Train Operation status. Closed sections due to heavy rain in mid July, 2012”

  1. Hi! may I know if the substitute bus from Miyaji and Bungo-Takeda is free? or covered by JR pass? Where can I get the bus schedule? Thanks!

    1. Hi Chia,

      I’m not 100% sure, but I have heard it was covered by the pass. If I can get other info, I’ll let you know.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    I have been following the rainfalls through the daily broadcast of NHK news we have in Australia. It has been very unfortunate to hear about the tragic loss of life as well as all the damage that has been done.

    It is unfortunate that it takes so long to build and repair railway. In Australia, we have similar challenges when it comes to heavy rail, and even within Japan, Tohoku is facing similar issues with repair and reconstruction on its coast.

    I hope that Kyushu is able to recover quickly and that the lines will be restored, as I have enjoyed my travels throughout Kyushu very much, including the affected lines where I’ve travelled on Yufuin no Mori and Kyushu Odan. I also hope that this will not affect the development of the new special train, “Nanatsuboshi in Kyushu”, as I am very excited about a new sleeper service in Japan.

    All the best to those affected in Kyushu,

    Jonathan Ayre

    1. Hi Jonathan,

      Thank you for your comment.
      I checked Kyushu local newspaper everyday. But even JR Kyushu don’t know how long it will take to recover. Especially the section between Miyaji and Bugohagi on Houhi line was damaged very seriously. like flooded, land slide. The local train on this section is primary commuting for high school student. But they are forced to stay in home because they cannot go.
      I really hope it will be recovered quickly for local and tourist too.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  3. I sympathise with everyone who’s affected by this. I used to take the train to work and home again each day and when things don’t go according to plan it makes your day so stressful and these people have to deal with this until the damage is repaired.

  4. Thank you Takeshi I have decided to still get green pass and I can go reserve seat if I miss out and book ahead when I get there for other trains. I will be using trains most every day so I will get good value and intend to go to at least shin-Fuji if not Tokyo from Hiroshima for a long day trip. I was looking forward to going on Aso Boy, and the train to Yufuin and SL , but I don,t think it would be recovered in one month and do not want to get in the way. There is such a wide choice thanks to your website I was able to be well informed of choice ahead of time to make this a more relaxing trip for me

    1. Hi Barry,
      JR Kyushu is trying to recover. But it is still rain sometimes. According to local newspaper, there are fallen timbers, flooded and land slide on Kyudai line. On Houhi line, there are same damage. Several bridges were swept away.
      Both Aso Boy! and Yufuin no Mori are very popular trains. JR Kyushu really want to start operation by mid August. But to be honest, it would take a long time. In 1990, Houhi line had damage by heavy rain and it took 1 year and 3 month to recover.
      I really feel sorry, but I cannot be optimistic.
      I will keep update this post. I hope you will enjoy your trip in other area in Japan.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. Hi Takeshi
    Two questions please. I want to buy a green pass and go on the 20 August from Kansai to Kagoshima-Chuo on the Sakura (leaves 10:59 from Shin-Osaka) I get to Kansai on the 19th and will stay overnight there. i know the booking office is open to around ten pm , Do you think i would be able to get a green seat at that time of the year? I know that is a hard one. I have weighed up the benefits of going green vs ordinary and i want to spoil myself, but i don’t want to waste money either. I use hyperdia and have planned my rail trips so that I get value for money with a 21 day pass and most have green seats. What would be a big factor is if the reserved seats had power outlets. Another hard one to answer.

    1. Hi Barry,
      I think Aug 20 is not busy so much. Because as probably you know, mid August is called “Obon” This is the busiest period in the year. In this year, Obon period is over on Aug 19. It will be totally different between 19th and 20th. Especially in 19th eastbound (from Kagoshima to Osaka) is way busier than westbound.
      However, Green class seat is quite limited on Sakura. There are only 24 seats. If you don’t care which train you take, you can get it anyway. But if you need to take Sakura at 10:59, you may not be able to get it. Try to book it ASAP. And reservation window at KIX from 5:30 to 23:00.
      If you need power outlet, Green car is a right choice. In late days, some of ordinary class have a power outlet. But it is still rare.
      Hope to book a seat that you want. Enjoy your trip!
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  6. Thankyou so much for the update. Hope everyone stays safe. Planning a trip late August. May have to plan for some alternate destinations. I have used your info a lot. Great resource – Thanks

  7. Hi

    I got a question about the Sanyo JR Pass, is it possible to use it for the following itinerary:
    from Kyoto to Uno Station(Naoshima).
    Because on the HP it is not mentionend anywhere and it shows only the Shinkansen road.

    Thanks for your reply, Sir.

    Best regards


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