Kitami (train)

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Two KiHa 54 diesel cars on a Kitami service, July 2009
Service type Limited rapid
First service 1988
Current operator(s) JR Hokkaido
Line used Sekihoku Main Line
Rolling stock KiHa 54-500 DMUs

The Kitami (きたみ) is a limited rapid (特別快速, tokubetsu kaisoku) train service operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) in Hokkaido, Japan, since 1988. It runs from Asahikawa to Kitami on the Sekihoku Main Line.[1]

Service pattern and station stops[edit]

There is one train per day in each direction, with the journey taking approximately 3 hours 20 minutes from Asahikawa to Kitami.[1]

Trains stop at the following stations.[1]

Rolling stock[edit]

Services are formed of one or two single-car KiHa 54-500 diesel cars based at Asahikawa Depot.[2]


Kitami service with train headboard, June 1988

The Kitami service was first introduced from 19 March 1988 as a seasonal "limited rapid" train service. From 3 November 1988, it became a regular daily service.

From 13 March 2004, the train became entirely no-smoking.


  1. ^ a b c JR Timetable, February 2011 issue, p.721-722
  2. ^ JR気動車客車編成表 '04年版 [JR DMU & Coaching Stock Formations - 2004]. Japan: JRR. 1 July 2004. p. 43. ISBN 4-88283-125-2.