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

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

  1. Hello, Takeshi-san,

    We are planning a visit to Takayama from Osaka and returning to Kyoto. With the Takyama Hokuriku Pass, I think we need to go via Kanazawa to Takayama. Do we have to return via the same route in reversal? Our stay is short and I don’t want to spend too much time on the train. Or, would you suggest we just buy the Japan Rail pass and return on a faster route?

    Thank you,
    Myrtle

    1. Hi Myrtle san,

      As long as you use this pass, you have to take either following route:
      Takayama (Nohi bus via Shirakawago) Kanazawa (JR train) Kyoto
      Takayama (JR train via Toyama) Kanazawa (JR train) Kyoto

      Trip time is not much different between these routes. But you may take different way between Kanazawa and Takayama.

      JR Pass is too expensive. If you don’t want to take these routes, take Limited Express train to Nagoya. The pass covers until you get Nagoya. And then pay extra to take Shinkansen to get Kyoto. You have to pay about 5500 yen. And trip time is one hour shorter than Takayama-Kanazawa-Kyoto route.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Dear Takeshi san,

    From 2/7 to 2/12, my family and I will be traveling from Nagoya to Wakura. We have purchased Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass for three of us. Please help with some information for the trip.

    1. The five day pass meant from 2/7 21:00 to 2/12 21:00 exactly or it is anytime from 2/8 to 2/12?

    2. After we arrive at the Nagoya airport, can we use the pass to take the Meitetsu train or”μ-SKY” to Nagoya train station?

    3. We ar going to take the bus fromTakayama station to Shinhotaka Ropeway. Is Takayama JR train station close by the Nohi bus station? Or they are the same building?

    4. Can I use the pass and take LTD. EXP NOTO KAGARIBI from and to Kanazawa to Wakuraonsen? or this train does not include in the pass?

    5. Can I use the pass and take o LTD. EXP SHIRASAGI from and to Kanazawa to Nagoya? or this train does not include in the pass?

    Thank you for your reply.

    1. Hi Sue san,

      1. It’s valid from midnight to midnight. So if you start using it on Feb 7th (even if you start at 21:00), it’s expired on Feb 11th.

      2. No. Meitetsu is not covered.

      3. It’s next to JR Takayama station.

      4. No. It’s outside coverage area.

      5. No. You cannot go back to Nagoya by this route. You have to take JR train via Toyama and Takayama or Nohi bus via Shirakawago, JR train via Takayama.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

    2. Dear Takeshi san,

      Thank you for your reply.

      Three more things that I would like to confirm with you.:
      1. With the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass, I can unlimited take Nohi bus, is it correct?
      2. Will it be possible to book the train ticket online? or is it better to go to the Nagoya ticket counter?
      3. Will it be possible to reserve the Nohi bus seats online?

      Thank you.

      Sue

  3. Hello Takeshi san,

    I have plan to go to shirakawago next month. Is jr hida limited express from takayama to nagoya operate until night? Do you know the time shedule? My tour at shirakawago end at 6pm, i need to go back to tokyo after that.
    I’m trying to find the schedule but i can not find it.
    Thank you so much for your help.

    Regards,
    Sofi

    1. Hi Sofi san,

      If you leave Shirakawago after 18:00. There is no bus to get either Takayama and Kanazawa. You have to stay in Shirakawago. Please see the bus timetable:
      http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/shirakawago_kanazawa.html

      Even if you have a transportation to get Takayama, unfortunately the last train leave from Takayamaa at 18:45. You cannot take it.
      http://www.hyperdia.com/en/cgi/en/intervaltime.html?dep_node=TAKAYAMA&arv_node=NAGOYA&search_target=intervaltime&diagram=201214&year=2016&month=1&day=26&searchday=20160126

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi san,

    I will go to Gero in early Feb. If I want to buy return JR tickets beforehand, do I have to fix the time of departure & return? Are they fixed seats? Can I buy at the Nagoya airport (centrair)? How can I check the schedule?

    Thanks and Regards
    Tony

    1. Hi Tony san,

      Wide View Hida has reserved seat and non reserved seat. If you purchase non reserved seat ticket, you can take any Wide View Hida. You don’t need to fix the time. But your seat is not secured. It’s hard to guess to find the availability of non reserved seat on your traveling date. I think you may get a seat but if you travel with someone, you may not be able to get the seats side by side.

      You cannot purchase in Nagoya airport. You have to go to JR Nagoya station.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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