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.

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
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Sanitary space
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Images – 789 series (for Lilic)

Green seat
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Ordinary seat
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Sanitary space
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42 thoughts on “Access to/from Sapporo and Asahikawa. Limited Express Kamui / Lilac”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    May I ask you that as I already buy JR PASS (Ordinary pass 29,100Yen for 7 days) for my trip at 11-17 July and I plan to go Biei and Furano 1 day trip, do I have to buy
    a) Furano-Biei train ticket – Price is 6,500Yen
    b) Or Lavender one way ticket – price is 2,500Yen
    Both ticket are in this link in the PDF brochure page 2
    http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/travel/index.html
    I guess that I don’t need to buy both tickets because I already have JR PASS.

    Last question, as you know I have JR PASS, do I need to buy any local train for station between Furano – Biei station?

    Thanks much for your answer in advance.

  2. I am landing in CTS at 8:35pm on July 1. I need to get to Asakihawa that night. Are there trains running from CTS to Sapporo to Asakihawa that late at night?

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