Minamiaso Railway: Overcoming Disaster
Severely damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake in April 2016, Minamiaso Railway finally resumed full operation after seven years and three months, in July 2023. Of the 17.7km line, 10.6km was destroyed, including bridges. At the time, restoration seemed hopeless due to the enormous repair costs. However, the railway company worked with the local community to bring the railway back online. Along with the restoration, the station buildings were renewed, a new car was introduced, and areas around the stations are currently being redeveloped. Minamiaso Railway also began a direct operation with the JR line for better access to JR Kumamoto Station, plus their popular trolley train made a full recovery. Join us as we take a look at Minamiaso Railway's road to recovery.