The Limited Express Kamui and Lilac: Inter-city express between Sapporo and Asahikawa

Limited express train Kamui
The 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 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.
Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine

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Seat and facilities

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, 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.

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

Train formation

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)

Sanitary space

Images – 789 series (for Lilic)

Green seat

Ordinary seat

Sanitary space

60 thoughts on “The Limited Express Kamui and Lilac: Inter-city express between Sapporo and Asahikawa”

  1. hi,

    can you help me how to travel via train from sapporo grand hotel to furano (nearest to farm tomita). i will be traveling on 12th of July. thank you

      1. Can i know besides Furano Lavender Express any local trains I can use for my trip back to Sapporo station from Furano on 6th July? The Furano Lavender Express train schedule is quite late around evening time departing from Furano and i prefer morning time if possible.

      2. Dear Takeshi,

        May I ask the question please? I plan to go to Furano & Biei on 13th July 2017.

        1) Are JR PASS able to use with “Furano Biei Norokko train” and “Limited Express Furano Lavender Express”?
        2) If yes, can I search timetable in Hyperdia?
        3) Actually I still can’t find “Furano Lavender Express” in Hyperdia.

        Thank you very much for your kind support in advance.

        Best regards,

          1. Dear Takeshi,

            Thank you very much for your quick response. I do appreciate so much. I will keep looking for the update for July’s timetable. Just 1 more question that may I reserve the seat for “Furano Biei Norokko train” and “Limited Express Furano Lavender Express” once July’s timetable is released? If yes, which link or which instruction can I reserve?

            Many thanks for your kind help in advance once again.

            Best regards,

          2. Hi Takeshi,

            Nice to talk with you again. Please be informed that I already bought JR pass, e-ticket and I will arrive Chitose airport on 11th July early in the morning. May I ask you a few questions please as followings;

            a) Do “Furano Biei Norokko train” and “Limited Express Furano Lavender Express” for July’s timetable release yet? I still can’t find it.

            b) I plan to go to Biei and Furano for all day on 12th July. May I ask you that if I want to go to Farm Tomita by using “Furano Biei Norokko train” or “Limited Express Furano Lavender Express”, from Furano station to Lavender farm station, do I have to reserve seat?
            I just would like to make sure whether I need to reserve seat of “Furano Biei Norokko train” or “Limited Express Furano Lavender Express” or not?

            c) do you have any suggestion of a travel agency tour who can take my family to go to Furano and Biei for 1 day trip? It may be the easiest and best way for my family trip.

            Thank you very much for your kind help in advance.

            Best regards,

    1. OMG, Lelibeth, what a coincidence! We are going there on the exact same day!
      I planned to take the first Lavender Express in the morning. Get to Furano, but we will go to Grape Farm/Winery and Cheese Factory first before heading to Farm Tomita by Norokko seasonal train at Lavendar Batake station.
      Besides the flowers, you do not want to miss Lavender Soft Cream, and Yubari Melon aka. the best melon in the world there!
      Then, we will go to Biei, the town next to it, for more of flower gardens in mountainous view, and won’t miss the Blue Pond (near Shirogane Onsen).
      Finally, get to Asahikawa for dinner before heading back Sapporo at the end of the day.

      We might accidentally meet, eh? I should be in sleeve-less shirt with good biceps, travelling in a group of 4 (w/ my family) XD

  2. Hi,can advise me how to take an train on new-chitose-airport to asahikawa.i am arriving that airport on 6 april 2016.How much its cost?

  3. Hi,
    I’m looking at travelling from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa and I’ll be carrying a large snowboard bag. Is there any restrictions or extra cost associated with luggage?

  4. Hello, I wish to get from Sapporo to Furano in February, and cannot leave Sapporo until after 7pm/1900 hours. It looks as though there are several trains that run at night to Takikawa and also from Takikawa to Furano.
    Is that right please?
    If so, do all the trains run in February?
    Thank you

  5. hi, i wished to travel to furano from sapporo. but however, i traveling between 16th oct to 25 oct 2015, which i realised there is no train to furano. can you please advice how can i travel there?

  6. Does JR Pass can be use in Hokkaido, i have plan to buy 7 days JR Pass and use it in Tokyo and Hokkaido, since it will saving cost for me


  7. Is it possible to purchase a ticket without the Hokkaido JR rail pass as I will only be traveling to Furano and Otaru. Will it be more cost efficient buying individual tickets instead and is it possible to buy it on the spot upon arrival ?

    Many thanks.

  8. how much is the train fee from New chitose airport to Asahikawa? I also wish to know if there is any train departing after 7pm in July and August. The schedule available only show until june 30, 2013.

    1. Hello Ange,
      Unfortunately you cannot access to Kamui Ski Links by rail. You have to take the bus from Asahikawa. This is the only public access to Kamui Ski.
      The bus company has a website. But it’s in Japanese only.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

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