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Latest Shinkansen Operation Updates: August 15th and 16th

August 14, 2023

Latest Shinkansen Operation Updates: August 15th and 16th

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Due to the approaching Typhoon No. 7 and the expected heavy rain and strong winds along the route, JR has issued the following announcements.
(Updated as of August 14, 17:15)

Please note that this information is subject to change, so travelers are advised to check the latest updates at the nearest JR station counter during their journey.

Shinkansen Operation Plans for Tokaido and Sanyo Lines (Updated as of August 14th, 5:15 PM) 

Tokaido Shinkansen Operation Plans
(Tokyo - Nagoya - Kyoto - Shin-Osaka)

August 15th

  • Nagoya to Shin-Osaka: Services will be suspended all day
  • Tokyo to Nagoya: Services will operate on a limited schedule with all cars as unreserved seating.
    • Nozomi Line: Approximately 4 trains per hour.
    • Hikari Line: No services for the day.
    • Kodama Line: Approximately 1 train per hour between Tokyo and Nagoya, and 1 train between Tokyo and Hamamatsu. All cars as unreserved seating.
  • Direct services with Sanyo Shinkansen will be suspended for the day.
    Note: Sanyo Shinkansen also plans for suspension, with no services between Nagoya and Okayama. Please refer to the Sanyo Shinkansen operation plans provided below.
  • Strong winds and rain are also anticipated between Tokyo and Nagoya, which may lead to extended operational halts.

On the 15th, there will be no services planned beyond Nagoya (towards Osaka). Many sections of the conventional lines in the Nagoya area will also experience service suspensions. 

August 16th

  • While there will be no planned suspension on the 16th, sudden operational halts may occur based on the impact of typhoon-related damage.
Sanyo Shinkansen Operation Plans
(Shin-Osaka - Okayama - Hiroshima - Hakata)

August 15th

  • Shin-Osaka to Okayama: Services will be suspended all day
  • Okayama to Hakata: Will operate on a reduced schedule, excluding a few trains
    • Nozomi Line: Approximately 1 train per hour.
    • Hikari Line: Some trains will run, except for a few.
    • Kodama Line: Normal operations.
    • Mizuho & Sakura Line: Operating between Hiroshima and Hakata.
      Note: Some trains will operate between Okayama and Hakata.
      Note: Connects directly with Kyushu Shinkansen (Kumamoto & Kagoshima Central direction). Please note that based on the typhoon's impact, sudden operational halts or delays may occur.

August 16th

  • Services are planned to commence from the first train; however, due to the typhoon's impact, there may be changes in train destinations or suspensions for certain trains.

For those who purchased tickets from us,

You may be able to get a refund directly at the ticket counter at the station especially if your reserved train is confirmed to be cancelled, so please check at the station first for how your tickets can be handled.
For refund procedures for unused tickets, please see the link below.
Refund Process after delivery (Unused tickets only)

Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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