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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
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.