KiHa 281 series DMU on Super Hokuto service
|Service type||Limited express|
|First service||1949 (Express)
1965 (Limited express)
1994 (Super Hokuto)
|Current operator(s)||JR Hokkaido|
|Line used||Hakodate Main Line|
|Rolling stock||KiHa 183 series (Hokuto)
KiHa 281 series and KiHa 283 series (Super Hokuto)
The Hokuto (北斗) and Super Hokuto (スーパー北斗 Sūpā hokuto) are limited express train services between Sapporo and Hakodate in Hokkaido operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). The journey time of the Super Hokuto is approximately 3 hours 40 minutes, 10 minutes faster than that of the Hokuto.
Super Hokuto services started on 1 March 1994, and cut journey time by about 30 minutes due to the higher speeds through the many curves of the line between Sapporo and Hakodate.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hokuto (train).|
- JR Hokkaido KiHa 281/283 Super Hokuto train information (in Japanese)