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KiHa 183 Taisetsu 2 at Asahikawa Station 20170310.jpg
A KiHa 183 series DMU on the Taisetsu 2 service at Asahikawa Station in March 2017
Service type Limited express
Status Operational
Locale Japan
Predecessor Okhotsk
First service
  • 29 June 1947 (Express)
  • 4 March 2017 (Limited express)
Current operator(s) JR Hokkaido
Former operator(s) JNR
Start Asahikawa
End Abashiri
Service frequency 2 return services daily
Line used Sekihoku Main Line
On-board services
Class(es) Green + Ordinary
Rolling stock KiHa 183 series DMUs
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Taisetsu (大雪) is a limited express service operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) between Asahikawa and Abashiri in Hokkaido via the Sekihoku Main Line since 4 March 2017. The Taisetsu train service name was also formerly used for express services operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR) and later by JR Hokkaido from June 1947 until March 1992.

Service outline[edit]

As of March 2017, two return services operate daily between Asahikawa and Abashiri on the Sekihoku Main Line, supplementing the Okhotsk limited express services operating between Sapporo and Abashiri.[1]

Rolling stock[edit]

Services are normally formed of four-car KiHa 183 series diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains formed as follows.[2] All cars are no-smoking.[2]

Car No. 1 2 3 4
Accommodation Non-reserved Non-reserved Reserved Reserved Green Reserved
Facilities   Toilet Toilet  



The train service that was later to become the Taisetsu was first introduced on 29 June 1947 as an unnamed steam-hauled express service operating between Hakodate and Asahikawa via Otaru and Sapporo.[3] The train received the name Taisetsu from 1 April 1951.[3]

This service ran until 31 May 1963, after which it was replaced by the Lilac service.[4]


A Taisetsu overnight service in 1986

From 1 June 1963, the Taisetsu service operated as an express between Sapporo and Abashiri, via Asahikawa.[4] This service was discontinued from the start of the revised timetable on 14 March 1992.[4]


The Taisetsu name was revived from 4 March 2017 as a limited express service operating between Asahikawa and Abashiri on the Sekihoku Main Line.[5]


  1. ^ 石北本線で特急“大雪”の運転開始 [Limited express Taisetsu enters service on Sekihoku Main Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 5 March 2017. Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "JR Hokkaido Train Guide" (in Japanese). Japan: Hokkaido Railway Company. 2017. Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Teramoto, Mitsuteru (23 July 2001). 国鉄・JR列車名大辞典 [JNR & JR Train Name Encyclopedia] (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Chuoshoin Publishing Co., Ltd. pp. 324–327. ISBN 4-88732-093-0. 
  4. ^ a b c 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995] (in Japanese). Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995. p. 127. 
  5. ^ 特急「大雪」25年ぶり復活 [Limited express Taisetsu revived for first time in 25 years]. Fukushima Minpo (in Japanese). Japan: Fukushima-Minpo Co., Ltd. 4 March 2017. Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 

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