These limited express trains, Kamui and Lilac connect Sapporo and Asahikawa. Kamui and Lilac run on exactly same route. The only difference is accommodation. Lilac has Green seat and Kamui does not. But the reserved ordinary seat of Kamui is called “U seat”. It offers a better seat with some extra equipments. But it is a sort of a reserved ordinary seat, so JR Pass Ordinary covers this seat.
In this post, I will explain about these Lilac and Kamui.
Route and timetable
Kamui and Lilac connect Asahikawa and Sapporo in 1 hour and 25 minutes. These trains run almost every 30 minutes in daytime and operated 24 round trips a day.
You can find the timetable of the major trains in Hokkaido in the link below.
Due to COVID-19, it may be operated on a schedule different from the normal timetable. Check the train schedule on Hyperdia.
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Seat and facilities
Both Kamui and Lilic are operated by 789 series. But there are two kinds of 789 series fleets.
As I mentioned, a 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 any extra charges on the JR Pass ordinary. U seat also offers a power outlet. You can charge your small device.
Lilac has Green class 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 reserved seats on car #1 have a power outlet.
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Lilic 6 cars formation
Kamui 5 cars formation
*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat NR=Non reserved seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.
Images – 789 series (for Kamui)
U seat (reserved ordinary seat)
Ordinary seat (non reserved seat)
Images – 789 series (for Lilic)