The Limited Express Kamui and Lilac. The trains to Asahikawa from Sapporo

Limited express train Kamui
Limited express train Kamui

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 has better seat with some equipment. But it is a sort of Reserved Ordinary seat. So JR Pass Ordinary covers this seat.

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

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.

JPRail.com PDF timetable (valid until mid October 2019)


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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.

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 any extra charges by an JR Pass ordinary. U seat also offers the power outlet. So you can charge your small 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

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Car # is reserved car on some Lilac.

Kamui 5 cars formation

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*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)

Sanitary space

Images – 789 series (for Lilic)

Green seat

Ordinary seat

Sanitary space

56 thoughts on “The Limited Express Kamui and Lilac. The trains to Asahikawa from Sapporo”

  1. Hi, I’ve been trying to look for the train schedule for both lines bound for Asahikawa but cannot seem to find them anywhere. JR Hokkaido Railway Company’s website doesn’t seem to display the train schedule (anymore). I’ve only managed to find from online articles that these trains depart every 30 minutes but am hoping for more specific timings as we are intending to collect a rental car at Asahikawa Station and would need to tie down a time with the rental car company. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi xx,

      There is no train schedule available now. As you said, you have to use online timetable search, such as hyperdia:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      I am currently making the timetable in PDF format. It will come soon but I cannot say when it’s available. Please stick around and you will find it soon.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi,
    I want to ask about train bound for Asahikawa. I saw an announcement said that train bound for Asahikawa area have been canceled due to weather on Feb 5, 2019. is it true no train bound for Asahikawa? is there any alternative for going to Asahikawa from Sapporo? Thank you for your help

  3. Hi,
    I plan to take Norokko Train from Asahikawa to Lavender Farm. When I using hyperdia.com,it shows fare (930yen) and reserved seat (520yen). Total is 1450yen, My question is, do I have to buy reserved seat or I can buy only basic fare?

    1. Hi Elisa,

      You don’t need to pay for reserved seat fee. You can take this train by only base fare but your seat is not secured. You may need to stand up. In worst case, you cannot take this train if it’s completely full. I cannot say how busy this train will be when you take it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    I am planning to take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa with luggage/suitcase. I notice in the photo that Kamui has luggage compartment at the back but not on Lilac. Is there luggage storage space on Lilac train? For wheeled suitcase mid to large size. Thanks.

  5. I have couple questions about tickets.
    I understand the number of reserved seats tickets is limited so they will be sold out on quickly in July.
    Is there a limit on the number of non-reserved seat tickets per train?
    Will standing be allowed on the non-reserved seat car when it is full?
    Thanks for the information provided in this site.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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