Limited Express Okhotsk and Taisetsu take you to Abashiri from Sapporo and Asahikawa. Abashiri is well known as drift ice viewing in winter time. And also when you go to the world heritage site, Shiretoko, you may use this train to Abashiri and transfer to the local train to Shiretoko-Shari. If you need the information about the access to Shiretoko, please see one of my posts, “How to get Shiretoko“.
You can take this train by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction. I would like to show you the information about these trains.
Route, schedule and travel time
We have 4 round trips a day to Abashiri. 2 of 4 round trips are operated by Limited Express Okhotsk between Sapporo and Abashiri. Another two round trips are operated by Limited Express Taisetsu which runs between Asahikawa and Abashiri. It takes 5 hours 30 minutes to get Abashiri from Sapporo and 3 hours 45 minutes from Asahikawa.
You may find the timetable of these trains in the link below.
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x:All trains stop *:some trains stop
Limited Express Okhotsk and Taisetsu are operated by KIHA-183 series. 183 series is the oldest type train for Limited Express in JR Hokkaido. But it is not bad. It has 2+1 seat configuration in Green class and 2+2 in Ordinary class. It has only 21 seats in Green class. So if you want to get it, try to book as soon as possible.
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*R=Reserved seat NR=Non reserved seat G=Green seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.