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Super Tokachi

Super Tokachi
KiHa 261-1000 series DMU on a Super Tokachi service at Obihiro Station, October 2007
Service type Limited express
Locale Hokkaido
First service 1 February 1962 (Express)
1 September 1990 (Limited express)
27 July 1991 (Super Tokachi)
Current operator(s) JR Hokkaido
Former operator(s) JNR
Start Sapporo
End Obihiro
Rolling stock KiHa 261 series, KiHa 283 series DMUs
Track gauge
Operating speed 130 km/h (80 mph)[1]

The Super Tokachi (スーパーとかち?) is a limited express train service between Sapporo and Obihiro in Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). As of October 2009, there are five trains per day running in both directions, with the fastest journey taking 2 hours 25 minutes (Super Tokachi 4).[2]

Rolling stock

Super Tokachi services are formed of 4-car (originally 5-car) KiHa 261 series and 5-car KiHa 283 series diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains.[3]


All cars are no-smoking.

KiHa 261 series

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

KiHa 283 series

Car No. 1 2 3 4 5
Accommodation Green Reserved Reserved Non-reserved Non-reserved



The service commenced as the express Tokachi (十勝?) on 1 February 1962, operating between Sapporo and Obihiro. The service continued until 30 September 1968.[4]

The name was revived from 1 September 1990 as the Limited express Tokachi (とかち?) using KiHa 183 series DMUs. From 27 July 1991, four Tokachi services were upgraded to become Super Tokachi using KiHa 183 series DMU sets including bilevel Green cars.[4]

From 1 October 2007, new 5-car KiHa 261-1000 series tilting DMUs were introduced on Super Tokachi services, with KiHa 283 series tilting DMUs also used on some services.[1]

From 1 October 2009, the remaining two Tokachi return services daily were upgraded to Super Tokachi using KiHa 261-1000 series DMUs.[5]


External links

  • train information (Japanese)
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