785 series EMU on a Suzuran service at Muroran Station, October 2007
Service typeLimited express
StatusIn operation
First service1956 (Express)
July 1992 (Limited express)
Current operator(s)JR Hokkaido
Former operator(s)JNR
Higashi-Muroran, Muroran
Distance travelled136.2 km (84.6 mi)
Average journey time1 hour 45 minutes approx
Service frequency6 return workings daily
On-board services
Class(es)Standard class only
Disabled accessYes
Sleeping arrangementsNone
Catering facilitiesNone
Observation facilitiesNone
Entertainment facilitiesNone
Other facilitiesToilets, AC outlets (u-Seats only)
Rolling stock789-1000 series & 785 series EMUs
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification20 kV AC overhead
Operating speed120 km/h (75 mph)
Track owner(s)JR Hokkaido

Suzuran (すずらん, "Lily of the valley") is a limited express train service operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) between Muroran and Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan.[1] The current limited express service was introduced in July 1992, but the name was first used from 1956 for an express service operated by JNR between Hakodate and Sapporo.[2]


Trains stop at the following stations:

Sapporo - Shin-Sapporo - Chitose - Minami-Chitose - Numanohata - Tomakomai - Shiraoi - Noboribetsu - Horobetsu - Washibetsu - Higashi-Muroran - Wanishi - Misaki - Bokoi - Muroran

Rolling stock

Services are formed of 5-car 785 series and 789-1000 series EMUs. All seats are non-reserved, except for car 4, which has improved "u-Seat" accommodation, including AC outlets for personal use.[1][3]


Trains are formed as shown below, with car 1 at the Muroran end.[3][4]

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5
Accommodation Non-reserved Non-reserved Non-reserved Reserved (u-Seat) Non-reserved
Facilities   Toilet   Wheelchair space, toilet Toilet
781 series EMU on Suzuran service at Sapporo Station, June 2001

From July 1992 until 30 September 2007, Suzuran services were formed of 4-car 781 series EMUs, with one reserved car (car 4), formed as shown below.[5][6]

Car No. 1 2 3 4
Accommodation Non-reserved Non-reserved Non-reserved Reserved
Facilities Toilet Vending machine Telephone, toilet  

See also


  • JR Timetable, December 2008
  1. ^ a b JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 86. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  2. ^ 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995.
  3. ^ a b JR Timetable, August 2011 issue, p. 1002
  4. ^ JR電車編成表 2012冬 [JR EMU Formations - Winter 2012]. Japan: JRR. October 2011. pp. 2–3. ISBN 978-4-330-25611-5.
  5. ^ こだわりの新幹線&特急列車ガイド [In-depth Shinkansen & Limited Express Guide]. Japan: Ikaros Publishing. August 2000. p. 53. ISBN 4-87149-284-2.
  6. ^ JR電車編成表 '05冬号 [JR EMU Formations - Winter 2005]. Japan: JRR. January 2005. p. 3. ISBN 4-88283-042-6.