Landslides On Railway Line Affect Hakone Tourism

Landslides on railway line affect Hakone tourism

A mountain railway line in the popular sightseeing spot of Hakone, near Tokyo, is expected to be out of service until at least the end of this year, due to landslides caused by Typhoon Hagibis.

The storm brought heavy rainfalls of about 1,000 millimeters in 48 hours to the resort town in Kanagawa Prefecture last weekend.

The downpours triggered landslides at more than ten locations along the railway line.

The track was swept away along with its foundation over a stretch of about 20 meters at one section. At another location at the exit of a tunnel near a station, a large heap of mud and stones cover the track.

The operator of the mountain railway is considering how to proceed with reconstruction. But the restoration work is expected to take several months at least, rendering the railway out of service during the current autumn tourism season.

People in the local tourism industry and visiting sightseers are disappointed, as the impact from the typhoon is expected to be prolonged in Hakone.