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Kamoshika service at Aomori Station, September 2007
Service type Limited express
First service 1986 (Express)
1997 (Limited express)
Last service 2010
Current operator(s) JR East
Service frequency 6 daily
Line used Ōu Main Line
On-board services
Class(es) Green + standard
Rolling stock 485 series EMU
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 20 kV AC
Operating speed 95 km/h (60 mph)

The Kamoshika (かもしか?, lit. "Japanese Serow") was a limited express train service in Japan operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) which ran between Akita and Aomori via the Ōu Main Line.[1] The service was discontinued from December 2010.

Service pattern[edit]

There were three services in each direction daily, stopping at the following stations.[2]

Rolling stock[edit]

Trains were normally formed of 3-car 485 series EMUs based at Akita depot, sometimes strengthened to 6 cars during busy seasons. Green car (first class) accommodation was included in Car 1.[1]


169 series EMU with Kamoshika express service headboard stabled at Kami-Suwa Station, 1987

The Kamoshika was first introduced on 1 November 1986 as an express service operating between Kami-Suwa, Iida, and Nagano. This service was discontinued from the start of the revised timetable on 13 March 1988.[3]

The Kamoshika name was revived from March 1997 as a limited express service operating between Akita and Aomori, replacing the former Tazawa limited express service which ran between Morioka and Aomori via Akita before the Akita Shinkansen was opened.[4]

From the start of the revised timetable on 4 December 2010, the Kamoshika services were discontinued, replaced by Tsugaru services, formerly operating between Hachinohe and Hirosaki, which were rerouted to operate between Aomori and Akita.[5]

See also[edit]


  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. 80. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6. 
  2. ^ JR Timetable, March 2010 issue, p.100
  3. ^ 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995. p. 124. 
  4. ^ 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. ISBN 4-87149-284-2. 
  5. ^ "12月4日ダイヤ改正後の青森地区列車運転体系" [ Operating pattern of Aomori area trains following 4 December timetable revision]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine. Vol. 39 no. 320. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. December 2010. pp. 24–25. 

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