Access to Takayama and Hida from Nagoya. Limited Express Wide View Hida

Wide View Hida (Nagoya-Takayama-Toyama) is connected with Shinakansen at Nagoya.
Wide View Hida (Nagoya-Takayama-Toyama) is connected with Shinakansen at Nagoya.

Wide View Hida is a Limited Express train that is operated from Nagoya (名古屋) to Toyama (富山) via Gifu (岐阜), Gero (下呂) and one of the most popular destination, Takayama (高山). Hida is the name of the old prefecture in Samurai period. This train equip very huge windows. It can offer to passengers very panoramic view. That is why this train is called “Wide View”.

This train is very popular for the tourists from overseas. Of course this train is fully covered by Japan Rail Pass. So let’s see the details.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

Route, schedule and time required

We have 4 round trips between Nagoya and Toyama, 1 round trip between Nagoya and Hidafurukawa (飛騨古川), and 5 round trips between Nagoya and Takayama. Trains depart from Nagoya almost every one hour in daytime. And also we have one more round trip between Osaka (大阪) and Takayama via Gifu and Gero. As of March 2015, the timetable is the following:

Osaka 07:58 -> Takayama 12:16
Takayama 15:36 -> Osaka 19:51

This train departing from Osaka is combined with the train from Nagoya at Gifu. It takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to get Takayama from Nagoya and 4 hours to get Toyama from Nagoya.


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Stations

Station Depart from Nagoya Depart from Osaka
Osaka (大阪) x
Shin-Osaka (新大阪) x
Kyoto (京都) x
Kusatsu (草津) x
Maibara (米原) x
Ogaki (大垣) x
Nagoya (名古屋) x
Owari-Ichinomiya (尾張一宮) *
Gifu (岐阜) x x
Unuma (鵜沼) * *
Mino-Ohta (美濃太田) x x
Shirakawaguchi (白川口) * *
Hida-Kanayama (飛騨金山) * *
Gero (下呂) x x
Hida-Hagiwara (飛騨萩原) * x
Hida-Osaka (飛騨小坂) * *
Kuguno (久々野) * *
Takayama (高山) x x
Hida-Furukawa (飛騨古川) x
Inotani (猪谷) x
Etchu-Yatsuo (越中八尾) x
Hayahoshi (速星) *
Toyama (富山) x

x:All train stop *:some train stop

Accommodation

2+1 seat configuration Green seat is at the front of the formation, car#10. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
2+1 seat configuration Green seat is at the front of the formation, car#10. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Wide View Hida is serviced by KIHA-85 series. This train has a great reputation. The huge glass windows gives you the spectacular scenery along Takyama line. “Wide View” is a worthy of the name.

This series has two types of Green car that are 2+2 seat configuration and 2+1 seat configuration. 2+1 seat configuration is wider and has a bigger leg space. The seat pitch is 1160mm on 2+2 seat configuration and 1250mm on 2+1 seat configuration. 1160mm is the standard. So 2+1 seat gives you a great deal! If you want to take this seat, try to reserved a seat on car#10. 2+2 Green car is always at the middle of the train. 2+1 is always at the front of the formation. And also Ordinary class is good too. The seat pitch is 1000mm. This is bigger than the standard.

When you take this train at Nagoya, the seat is set with the back toward. Because this train change the direction at Gifu. It takes only 20 minutes from Nagoya to Gifu. So you don’t need to change your seat.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Train formation

1 2 3 4 8 9 10
R R G NR R R NR G

Car#1-4 operate from Nagoya to Takayama/Hida-furukawa, Car#8-10 operate from Nagoya to Toyama

1 2 3 8 9 10
R NR R R NR G

Car#1-3 operate from Nagoya to Takayama/Hida-furukawa, Car#8-10 operate from Nagoya to Toyama

1 2 3 4
R R G NR R
1 2 3 5 6 7 8
R NR R R R G NR R

This formation is used for Osaka departure and Nagoya departure combination. It is connected at Gifu station.

Images

Green seat 2+2 configuration
Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat

Green seat 2+1 configuration
Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Green seat

Ordinary seat
Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Ordinary seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Ordinary seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Ordinary seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Ordinary seat Wide View Hida KIHA85 series Ordinary seat

Sanitary space
Wide View Hida KIHA85 series sanitary space Wide View Hida KIHA85 series sanitary space Wide View Hida KIHA85 series sanitary space Wide View Hida KIHA85 series sanitary space Wide View Hida KIHA85 series sanitary space Wide View Hida KIHA85 series sanitary space Wide View Hida KIHA85 series sanitary space Wide View Hida KIHA85 series sanitary space

260 thoughts on “Access to Takayama and Hida from Nagoya. Limited Express Wide View Hida”

  1. Hi Takeshi san,
    I’ve searched on HyperDia for the route from Nagoya to Gero in June, just to check if I can purchase the seat ticket from JR Nagoya 2 days before my actual departure or it has to be purchased only on the day itself ? (I won’t be travelling too much, so will not be buying JR pass, just individual tickets per journey)

    Also am I allowed to purchase a return ticket at the same time or do I purchase it direct from JR Gero upon my return to Nagoya.

    thank u so much.

  2. Dear Takeshi

    May I know what is the best way to travel from Takayama to Tokyo? I have be using the 7Day JR pass. Please give the link of the train schedule . Thank you.

  3. Hi Takeshi,
    I need abit more details on the train formation of train when travel from nagoya to gero, transfer at gifu… I don’t quite understand the R/NR/G cabin. Which cabin should I be in, so I don’t need to change seat. It’s my first time to Japan. Appreciate for ur help

    1. Hi Jason,

      R is reserved seat, NR is non reserved seat and G is Green car. Green car is like business class seat.
      If you book your seat, you will be assigned to one of the seats in reserved car. If you don’t, you can get a seat in non reserved car but it’s first come first serve. You can find the info about signage of the train at the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/travel-tips/signage-and-announcement-in-the-station-and-train.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    This schedule is what I had planned, but if you put now Kyoto Takayama, in October , the first train to Nagoya traveling at 07:59h and from Nagoya to Takayama at 09:39h .

    Thank you

  5. Hello Takeshi,

    I will travel from Kyoto to Takayama next October, and I want to arrive as soon as possible. Do you know if the timetible will be the same as now? The first train before arrived Takayama at 10:20h and now I see that it arrives at12:16h.

    Thank you

    1. Hi ignashevich,

      If you take Shinkansen at 7:00 from Kyoto to Nagoya and take Wide View Hida from Nagoya, you will arrive Takayama around 10:00 am. You may find this schedule at Hyperdia:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      JR will revise timetable in mid or late October. But the timetable will not be difference so much.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi Takeshi
    If I want to get to Takayama from Osaka, should I get off at Gifu to catch the train to Takayama, or take the shinkansen all the way into Nagoya?

  7. Hello Takeshi! We will travel on June 11, 2016 from Kyoto to Takayama on the train EXP LTD. WIDE VIEW HIDA 25, Can I reserve seats for this train when you activate the Pass Raill Japan on June 6.? And having made the reservation I have secured seats the trip?

  8. Hi, I am travelling to Japan in one month and I would like to get a 14-day rail pass and book the trip from Nagayo to Takayama for the festival. Can I do this in advance without any additional charge? Thank you for your help.

  9. Greetings Takeshi san,
    We will be travelling to Takayama for the Spring Festival. Because of the peak season, we were only able to get accommodation at Hida-Furukawa (飛騨古川). We plan to travel into Takayama both days then return to Hida in the evening. Would you please advise if we need to book seats for the short distance.
    Thank you in advance,
    Julie san

    1. Hi Julie san,

      If you want to take a seat, reservation is recommended. I traveled from Takayama to Toyama in this past February. Non reserved seat car was almost full even in shoulder season. Spring festival is busy season and reservation is recommended.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thank you, Takeshi san. Does this also apply to the Autumn Festival? We will take your advice and book on arrival at Tokyo.

          1. Hello again Takeshi san,
            My apology for taking more of your time. Would appreciate your advice again.
            According to HyperDia, the train from Tokyo to HidaFuruwaka via Toyama arrives Toyama at platform 13 leaves from platform 2 with 12 minutes connection. Would you kindly advise if this is enough time to change trains without rushing. Do you feel going via Nagoya a safer option (which means we have to change at Takayama, one extra transfer)?
            many thanks,
            Julie

          2. Hi Julie san,

            12 minutes is okay. But Toyama station is now under construction. It’s a bit complicated to transfer. But you will be okay and just follow the signage, “Takayama line”.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

  10. Good day Takeshi san,

    I was looking for a direct train from Takayama to Kyoto, and read that the Limited express (WIDE VIEW) HIDA 36 offers this route. However, I could not find any detailed information on the timetable, could you please help?

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