Access to Kushiro and Obihiro from Sapporo. Limited Express Super Ozora / Super Tokachi

Limited express Super Ozora
Limited express Super Ozora and most of express trains are covered by Hokkaido Round Tour Pass.

When you go to South East part of Hokkaido, these trains take you there. Super Ozora and Super Tokachi are operated on same route. Super Ozora connect Sapporo and Kushiro. Super Tokachi connect Sapporo and Obihiro. These trains are very popular and the reserved seats are sold out very often. Especially JR Hokkaido give you a great service in Green car. Sometimes Green car is sold out earlier than Ordinary class. Both trains are fully covered by Japan Rail Pass. So if you have a plan to take these trains, I strongly recommend you to reserve your seat when you exchange your Japan Rail Pass.

I would like to share the information about these trains with you.

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

Route, schedule and time required

We have 7 round trips a day for Super Ozora and 5 round trips for Super Tokachi. It takes 3 hours 40 – 50 minutes to get Kushiro from Sapporo and 2 hours 30 minutes from Sapporo to Obihiro.


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Stations

Station Super Tokachi Super Ozora
Sapporo (札幌) x x
Shin-Sapporo (新札幌) x x
Minami-Chitose (南千歳) x x
Oiwake (追分) x *
Shin-Yubari (新夕張) x *
Shimkappu (占冠) x *
Tomamu (トマム) x *
Shintoku (新得) x x
Tokachi-Shimizu (十勝清水) x *
Memuro (芽室) x *
Obihiro (帯広) x x
Ikeda (池田) x
Urahoro (浦幌) *
Shiranuka (白糠) *
Kushiro (釧路) x

x:All trains stop *:some trains stop

Accommodation

Super Tokachi serviced by KIHA-261 series (C) Sonic Rail Garden
Super Tokachi serviced by KIHA-261 series (C) Sonic Rail Garden

KIHA-283 series is used for both Super Ozora and Super Tokachi. KIHA-261 series is used for Super Tokachi 4 cars formation. Both trains equip a nice feature and a good seat.

KIHA-283 series Green seat is one of the best in all JR trains. It has a powered seat and 2+1 seat configuration. Soft drink, blanket and news papers (Japanese) are included. It has a power outlet too. So you can charge your batteries and use your laptop. Ordinary class is 2+2 seat configuration and the seat pith is 960mm. It is quite standard.

KIHA-261 series Green seat is same seat configuration 2+1 as 283 series. But it has a leather seat. This seat does not have strong leather smell. But if you don’t like it, don’t take the train that is serviced by KIHA-261 series. You will get the same service, like soft drink, as KIHA-281 series. And you might see two kinds of Ordinary seat. The seats are different between Reserved and Non in some of KIHA-261 series. Reserved Ordinary have newer seat. So if you take Super Tokachi, try to reserve your seat.

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

Train formation

Super Tokachi serviced by KIHA-261 series

1 2 3 4
G R R NR

Super Tokachi / Super Ozora 6 cars formation serviced by KIHA-283 series

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

Super Ozora 7 cars formation service by KIHA-283 series

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
R R G R R NR NR

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

Images – KIHA-283 series (Super Ozora and Super Tokachi)

Green seat
283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora

Ordinary seat
283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora

Sanitary space
283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora 283 series - Limited express Super Ozora

Images – KIHA-261 series (Super Tokachi)

Green seat
261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi

Ordinary seat (Reserved)
261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi

Ordinary seat (Non-Reserved)
261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi

Sanitary space
261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi 261 series - Limited express Super Tokachi

10 thoughts on “Access to Kushiro and Obihiro from Sapporo. Limited Express Super Ozora / Super Tokachi”

  1. Hello
    Is there any news on when the line to Tomamu will reopen properly? Our plane lands at New Chitose at 1430 on the 18th December. I see that the last train goes at 1448 so we will miss it unless the old timetable is reinstated. If JR can update now that would be good otherwise we have to organise other transport. Thank you.

  2. Hi,
    I’ve tried to find the train cost from sapporo to kushiro by LTD exp super ozora but there are no result for this route. Are they operating on November-December?

    1. Hi Aime,

      Super Ozora does not run currently because of track damaged by storm in this past summer. You have to take train to Tomamu and change the bus to Obihiro. And then change train again. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/hokkaido-area/hokkaido-train-operation-status-in-fall-2016-guide-for-substitute-train-and-bus-service.html

      Current cost from Sapporo to Kushiro is 6260 yen (base fare for train and bus) plus 1800 yen (non reserved seat fee for ltd exp to Tomamu).

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Konnichiwa!

    6 of us planning to catch Ltd Exp Super Tokachi from Minami Chitose to Shintoku.

    I hope you can answer some questions please?
    1. Online Reservation for the reserved seat on the ordinary class: When is it opened for reservation? One month before travel date?

    2. Would there be place to store 6 large pieces (up to 29inches) of luggage? Like a luggage rack near the door?

    3. At Minami-Chitose Station, how easy is it to transfer from the JR Rapid Airport train to Ltd Exp Super Tokachi? Is it true that you just walk across the platform?

    Tq, Melanie

    1. Hi Melanie,

      1. Yes. You can start booking at 10:00am one month prior to departure day.

      2. Some of trains have small luggage space. But don’t rely on it. You will keep your luggage at your seat. Luggage is always issue on board. Please find more info at the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/travel-tips/baggage/managing-luggage-how-to-carry-your-baggage-on-board-and-how-to-store-your-baggage-at-the-station.html

      3. There are only two platforms and very easy to find the direction. In the link below, I put the photo of Minami Chitose station when I was there.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/hokkaido-area/my-trip-from-sapporo-to-otaru-and-hakodate-on-march-20-2012-by-rapid-airport-and-limited-express-hokuto.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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