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Latest Status: Kansai International Airport / Haruka Express train

September 06, 2018

Latest Status: Kansai International Airport / Haruka Express train

Due to the deadly Typhoon Jebi struck Kansai area on Sep 4, runways and buildings in Kansai International Airport were severely hit by surging water and it's operations are yet to be fully recovered.
Meanwhile, the only bridge connects the airport and the mainland was crushed by a huge tanker. This is still causing the operation of the Airport Express (Haruka Express train) to be suspended.

Since we have received many inquiries from our customers regarding the latest status of Kansai International Airport and train operation in Osaka area since then, we have opened this page to let everybody know the information we have gathered up. This page will be keep updated as we catch any new information.

(Last updated: Sep 22, 8:00am)


--- All operations have been resumed since September 21. ---


Kansai International Airport

Terminal 1: Open
Terminal 2: Open

International flights:
Operations of all the flights have been resumed

Domestic flights:
Operations of all the flights have been resumed

The latest flight information is updated constantly at the Kansai International Airport Official Website (

Haruka Express (An Airport Express train to / from Kansai International Airport)

Operation fully resumed from Sep 18.

Scheduled to be resumed on Tuesday, Sep 18.

The operation has been partially resumed (between Kyoto (or Osaka) and Hineno Station) from Sep 8 morning, but it is NOT reaching Kansai International Airport.

If you are using the Limited Express "Haruka," please transfer to "Kanku Express" at Hineno Station and go to Rinku-town Station. There will be a shuttle bus service from Rinku-town Station to Kansai-airport.


Or, the limousine bus service from Osaka city area has been partially resumed. Please find details from the link below.


See Also: JR West official website (

All other local trains in Osaka area are back to their normal operations.


You can also find the latest train status information of Shinkansen / local trains in Japan from the links provided in our page below:

FAQ: How Can I Check If My Reserved Train Will Be Operated or Cancelled?


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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