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

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

  1. Hi, I am planning to go to Takayama from Kyoto next sunday (15th).
    I’d like to take the limited express hida 25 in Kyoto at 8:34. I’m travelling with my wife and we have two suitcases (80x60x30). Will I have problems with the luggage? (Space for it).

      1. Hi Takeshi, thank you very much for your help. I understand that travel with large suitcases in japan trains could be sometimes dificult. I’ll try to manage it as well as possible.

        Cheers

        Lluis

  2. Hi, i am planning to go to takayama from kyoto (Nijo Station)

    Last month i checked hyperdia, and found that i can depart from nijo station at 5.20 am and arrived at takayama station around 10 am.

    But when i check again now, is the schedule changes? Because i will arrive at takayama station around 12 pm now.

    Can you tell me the route to arrive at takayama around 10 am? (Note: i am using JR Pass, so Nozomi/Mizuho Shinkansen is not covered)

    1. Hi Lydia,

      I could find this route at Hyperdia.

      06:26
      begin NIJO(KYOTO)
      [6 Min]
      through
      JR Sagano Line for KYOTO
      06:32
      06:42
      transfer KYOTO
      [ Arrival track No.32 / Departure track No.11 ]
      [51 Min]
      through
      SHINKANSEN HIKARI 506
      07:33
      07:45
      transfer NAGOYA
      [ Arrival track No.15 / Departure track No.11 ]
      [137 Min]
      through
      LTD. EXP (WIDE VIEW) HIDA 1
      10:02 TAKAYAMA

      If you leave 6:26, you can get Takayama at 10:02.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi.. thanks a lot for your reply.

        For June, yes the schedule is like yours (arrived around 10 am).. but when i try for december, the schedule is diffrerent (arrived around 12 pm).. can you tell me why it’s like that?

        1. Hi Lydia,

          JR make the annual timetable revise in every March and October. So Hyperdia does not have correct timetable yet. This is the reason why.
          Actually nobody has the timetable after October. I think it will not be much different. But you have to wait for new timetable until late September.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi, if the revise on march and october, why starting from July the schedule is different? Arrive at 12 pm. Can you please check?

          2. Hi Lydia,

            I found the note at the bottom of hyperdia that says, “The train and flight schedules are available from March 26, 2016 to June 30, 2016.”
            The server of hyperdia does not have updated timetable after July. I guess summer seasonal train schedule will be released in late May or early June. It will be updated after seasonal operation schedule will be released. But you can use same timetable before June 30 for after July. It will be same.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

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