Kumamoto Earthquakes

Japan National Tourism Organization
Updated:January 15, 2017, 9:00 JST

On April 14th, 2016 at 9:26 pm (Local Time), a strong earthquake (Magnitude 6.5) occurred in the Kumamoto area of Kyushu, followed by the second one (Magnitude 7.3) on April 16th, 2016 at 1:25 am.

Advisory from Japan Meteorological Agency:
Seismic activity in the Kumamoto prefecture and Oita prefecture areas in Kyushu is still ongoing. In the regions that experienced strong shaking, there is concern about buildings and houses collapsing, and landslides may occur.



Operation schedules may change subject to weather conditions.

1)Airport (as of January 15, 2017, 9:00 JST)

Kumamoto Airport

Domestic Flights:
The following airlines are in service.

International Flights:
The following international airline is in service.

All other airports in Kyushu and other areas in Japan are not affected by KUMAMOTO earthquakes.

2)Trains (as of January 15, 2017, 9:00 JST)

JR Kyushu

- Kyushu Shinkansen

Service from Hakata to Kagoshima-Chuo will operate on altered schedule with normal amount of trains.

All other Shinkansen lines are not affected by KUMAMOTO earthquakes.

- Limited Express other than Shinkansen, D/S Trains

The Limited Express "Aso Boy!" is offering special service between Beppu station/ Oita station and Aso station from July to December,2017.

- Local Lines

Service is SUSPENDED in the following sections at the moment:

Minamiaso Railways

Trains are RUNNING in the following sector:

Hisatsu Orange Railways

Service has been RESUMED in all sections.

3)JR Kyushu Jet Ferry (as of January 15, 2017, 9:00 JST)

Both Fukuoka Line (Fukuoka-Busan) and Tsushima Line (Tsushima-Busan) are in operation.

4)Expressways (as of January 15, 2017, 9:00 JST)

Service has been RESUMED in all sections.

Sightseeing Spots

Kumamoto Castle (as of January 15, 2017, 9:00 JST)

Kumamoto Castle will be closed from April 15th 2016.

JNTO Tourist Information Center

JNTO Tourist Information Center (TIC), open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm, offers travel information in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese for visitors in Japan.


Due to the earthquakes in Kumamoto, JNTO TIC telephone service will also operate during the nighttime hours. (from 5:00 pm to 9:00 am)
Service is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

"Safety tips", a push-enabled information alert app for foreign tourists

This push-enabled smartphone app gives alerts for Earthquake Early Warning, Tsunami Warning, and other Weather Warning within Japan in English, Japanese, Hangul, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

The app provides various functions useful for both foreign tourists and residents in Japan, such as Evacuation flowchart showing actions to be taken in the light of surrounding circumstances, Communication Card for obtaining information from people nearby, and Website Links that contain helpful information in the event of a disaster.

Download the application from the following link.

Android : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.rcsc.safetyTips.android

iPhone : https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/safety-tips/id858357174?mt=8

Get it on Google Play

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Safety tips for travelers

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