Hankyu & Noseden do not operate all night on New Year’s Eve – Extra trains until 2 am

Hankyu Kyoto Line 9300 series trains passing each other

Hankyu Railway and Nose Electric Railway announced that they will not operate all night from December 31, 2020 (Thursday) New Year’s Eve to January 1, 2021 (Friday / holiday) New Year’s morning, and will operate extra trains until around 2:00 midnight.

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“ICOCA commuter pass” will be released between Osaka Metro and JR West

"ICOCA commuter pass" will be released between Osaka Metro and JR West

Osaka Metro and JR West will release the “ICOCA commuter pass” from Tuesday, December 8, 2020. So far, both companies have not sold mutually usable commuter passes and had to have two separate passes. From that day, people can get on with one IC card “ICOCA”, so it seems that the convenience of commuting to work or school will increase. It will be sold between all Osaka Metro lines and the JR West urban area including Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. 19 connecting points are defined, such as JR Osaka Station – Subway Umeda, Higashi-Umeda, and Nishi-Umeda Stations. In addition to purchasing a new “ICOCA commuter pass”, you can also purchase…

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Summary of railway operation updates due to COVID-19 – West Japan (as of November 6, 2020)

Summary of railway operation updates due to COVID-19 - West Japan

We have summarized the status of updates in operation schedules of each railway operator due to COVID-19 (as of November 6, 2020, excluding in normal operation). Please check the latest operation status before using. Izu Kyuko Some local trains are canceled from evening to night. The last train will be moved up at some stations. JR Central The Tokaido Shinkansen is operated by a special timetable based on the number of passengers. Some extra “Nozomi” trains will be set up on days when a number of passengers are expected. Meitetsu Of “μ-SKY” (Meitetsu-Gifu, Shin-Unuma and Meitetsu Nagoya – Central Japan International Airport), 22 trains on weekdays and 35 on Weekends…

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Hokushin Kyūkō Railway was municipalized and started operating as the Kobe City Subway Hokushin Line

Hokushin Kyūkō Railway was municipalized and started operating as the Kobe City Subway Hokushin Line

The Kobe Municipal Transportation Bureau took over the Hokushin Kyūkō Line (北神急行線, between Tanigami <谷上> and Shin-Kōbe <新神戸> Stations) that was operated by the private company Hokushin Kyūkō Railway from the Hankyu Railway Group, and started business as the Kobe Subway Hokushin Line (神戸市営地下鉄北神線) on June 1, 2020. As before, the trains will continue to run from Tanigami Station to Seishin-chūō Station on the Seishin-Yamate Line. This is the first case in Japan that a private railway has been municipalized. Fares have been reduced across all lines, for example, the normal fare from Tanigami Station to Sannomiya Station was revised from 550 yen to 280 yen, which is about half…

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