Access to/from Sapporo and Asahikawa. Limited Express Kamui / Lilac

Limited express train Kamui
Limited express train Kamui

These limited express trains, Kamui and Lilac connect Sapporo (札幌) and Asahikawa (旭川). Kamui and Lilac run on exactly same segment. The only difference is accommodation. Only Lilac has Green seat and Kamui does not. But the reserved ordinary seat of Kamui is called “U seat”. It has better seat with some equipment. But it is a sort of Reserved Ordinary seat. So even Japan Rail Pass Ordinary can be used to take this seat.

In this post, I show you the details of these train.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

Route, schedule and trip time

Kamui and Lilac connect Asahikawa and Sapporo in 1 hour and 25 minutes. These trains run almost every 30 minutes for daytime and operated 24 round trips a day.

Please see the timetable in the link below.

JR Hokkaido official site, train timetable


View Super Kamui in a larger map

Stations

Sapporo (札幌) x
Iwamizawa (岩見沢) x
Bibai (美唄) x
Sunagawa (砂川) x
Takikawa (滝川) x
Fukagawa (深川) x
Asahikawa (旭川) x

Accommodation

789 series for Lilac (C) Rsa (Own work) GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Both Kamui and Lilic are operated by 789 series. But there are two kinds of 789 series fleets. 789 series for Kamui and 789 series for Lil

As I mentioned, reserved Ordinary seat on Kamui is called “U seat”. Kamui does not have any Green seat, but this “u seat” is more spacious than Non reserved Ordinary class. Of course you can take this seat without extra charge by an Japan Rail Pass Ordinary. U seat also have the power outlet. So you can charge your digital device.

Lilac has Green seat, reserved ordinary seat and non reserved ordinary seat. Reserved seat of Lilac is not called U seat because both reserved and non reserved have same type of accommodation. But only reserved seat on car #1 equips power outlet.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Train formation

Lilic 6 cars formation

1 2 3 4 5 6
G R R NR NR NR NR

Kamui 5 cars formation

1 2 3 4 5
NR NR NR R NR

*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat NR=Non reserved seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.

Images – 789 series (for Kamui)

U seat
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Ordinary seat
789 series - Limited express Super Kamui 789 series - Limited express Super Kamui 789 series - Limited express Super Kamui 789 series - Limited express Super Kamui

Sanitary space
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Images – 789 series (for Lilic)

Green seat
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Ordinary seat
789 series - Limited express Super Hakucho 789 series - Limited express Super Hakucho 789 series - Limited express Super Hakucho 789 series - Limited express Super Hakucho

Sanitary space
789 series - Limited express Super Hakucho 789 series - Limited express Super Hakucho 789 series - Limited express Super Hakucho

30 thoughts on “Access to/from Sapporo and Asahikawa. Limited Express Kamui / Lilac”

  1. hi,

    can you help me how to travel via train from sapporo grand hotel to furano (nearest to farm tomita). i will be traveling on 12th of July. thank you

      1. Can i know besides Furano Lavender Express any local trains I can use for my trip back to Sapporo station from Furano on 6th July? The Furano Lavender Express train schedule is quite late around evening time departing from Furano and i prefer morning time if possible.

      2. Dear Takeshi,

        May I ask the question please? I plan to go to Furano & Biei on 13th July 2017.

        1) Are JR PASS able to use with “Furano Biei Norokko train” and “Limited Express Furano Lavender Express”?
        2) If yes, can I search timetable in Hyperdia?
        3) Actually I still can’t find “Furano Lavender Express” in Hyperdia.

        Thank you very much for your kind support in advance.

        Best regards,
        Koi

          1. Dear Takeshi,

            Thank you very much for your quick response. I do appreciate so much. I will keep looking for the update for July’s timetable. Just 1 more question that may I reserve the seat for “Furano Biei Norokko train” and “Limited Express Furano Lavender Express” once July’s timetable is released? If yes, which link or which instruction can I reserve?

            Many thanks for your kind help in advance once again.

            Best regards,
            Koi

    1. OMG, Lelibeth, what a coincidence! We are going there on the exact same day!
      I planned to take the first Lavender Express in the morning. Get to Furano, but we will go to Grape Farm/Winery and Cheese Factory first before heading to Farm Tomita by Norokko seasonal train at Lavendar Batake station.
      Besides the flowers, you do not want to miss Lavender Soft Cream, and Yubari Melon aka. the best melon in the world there!
      Then, we will go to Biei, the town next to it, for more of flower gardens in mountainous view, and won’t miss the Blue Pond (near Shirogane Onsen).
      Finally, get to Asahikawa for dinner before heading back Sapporo at the end of the day.

      We might accidentally meet, eh? I should be in sleeve-less shirt with good biceps, travelling in a group of 4 (w/ my family) XD

  2. Hi,can advise me how to take an train on new-chitose-airport to asahikawa.i am arriving that airport on 6 april 2016.How much its cost?

  3. Hi,
    I’m looking at travelling from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa and I’ll be carrying a large snowboard bag. Is there any restrictions or extra cost associated with luggage?

  4. Hello, I wish to get from Sapporo to Furano in February, and cannot leave Sapporo until after 7pm/1900 hours. It looks as though there are several trains that run at night to Takikawa and also from Takikawa to Furano.
    Is that right please?
    If so, do all the trains run in February?
    Thank you

  5. hi, i wished to travel to furano from sapporo. but however, i traveling between 16th oct to 25 oct 2015, which i realised there is no train to furano. can you please advice how can i travel there?

  6. Does JR Pass can be use in Hokkaido, i have plan to buy 7 days JR Pass and use it in Tokyo and Hokkaido, since it will saving cost for me

    thanks,
    Yunita

  7. Is it possible to purchase a ticket without the Hokkaido JR rail pass as I will only be traveling to Furano and Otaru. Will it be more cost efficient buying individual tickets instead and is it possible to buy it on the spot upon arrival ?

    Many thanks.

  8. how much is the train fee from New chitose airport to Asahikawa? I also wish to know if there is any train departing after 7pm in July and August. The schedule available only show until june 30, 2013.

    1. Hello Ange,
      Unfortunately you cannot access to Kamui Ski Links by rail. You have to take the bus from Asahikawa. This is the only public access to Kamui Ski.
      The bus company has a website. But it’s in Japanese only.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

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