The East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) and other railway operators have halted services on many lines in and around Tokyo, following Typhoon Hagibis’ destruction over the nation last weekend.
JR East announced on their website that they are working to restore the train services. However, some lines and trains will need a “considerable number of days” to be recovered. Lines involved in the closure include Yamanote, Chuo, and Tokaido.
The Narita Express, Tohoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen (Niigata) and Hokuriku Shinkansen (Tokyo to Nagano) have resumed services.
Major lines affected
Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano and Itoigawa
At the present moment, it is not possible to travel from Tokyo to Kanazawa by the Hokuriku Shinkansen. If you’d like to travel from Tokyo to Kanazawa, take the Tokaido Shinkansen. Then, transfer over to the Limited Shirasagi Express at Maibara Station.
Shinonoi Line between Nagano and Matsumoto
Chuo Line between Shinjuku and Otsuki
If you’re in Tokyo and would like to get to Matsumoto, please take the Tokaido Shinkansen and transfer over to the Limited Express Shinano.
The Limited Express Azusa and Fuji Excursion are not in operation due to damage to the Chuo Line. You will also not be able to travel from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko. The highway is damaged so buses might not be operating.
If you’re in Tokyo and would like to travel to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Shinano-Omachi), please take the Tokaido Shinkansen. Then, transfer over to the Limited Express Shinano, then to the Oito Line.
If you want to travel to Toyama, you can take the Tokaido Shinkansen, and transfer over to the Limited Express Hida.
Tohoku Line between Kuroiso and Ichinoseki
The Tohoku Line (local trains) is currently suspended but the Tohoku Shinkansen is running.
If you’d like to check on the current status of the trains, please visit JR East’s Train Status Information page.
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