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


This train has the huge window. You can enjoy a view at the front row.

This train has the huge window. You can enjoy a view at the front row.

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.

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Rakuten

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 December 2012, the timetable is the following:

Osaka 08:02 -> Takayama 12:13
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.


View Hida in a larger map

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


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109 Comments to “Access to Takayama and Hida from Nagoya. Limited Express Wide View Hida”

  1. lenny says:

    Hi Takeshi,
    I would like to know if there is room for 25 inches suitcases on the train.

    Thanks,
    Lenny

  2. EC says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I will be going to Takayama, Okuhida, Shirakawa, and Kanazawa in Dec. I am arriving at Nagoya Chubu Airport. Is there any pass that I should get?

    Thanks,

  3. Matthew says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I’m looking for purchase a reserved seat for Wide View Hida train trip from Nagoya to Takayama, but can’t find anywhere in the web with the information.

    I’ve discovered that one can purchase non-reserved seat ticket from the vending machine; was wondering if you can purchase a reserved one from the machine too?

    If the vending machine is no-go, i assume you will need to purchase them from the JR center. Is this correct?

    Sorry for the silly questions, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Thanks for taking the time to look at them.

    Regards,
    Matthew

  4. Kim says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I’m traveling to Nagoya on 19th nov.. Planning to go Takayama once reach nagoya (Chubu airport).

    Can I take JR train directly from Chubu airport to Takayama?

    Please advise.
    Thanks~

  5. Sophia says:

    Hi Takeshi san,

    I’ve got conflicting time tables from Hyperdia. I’m travelling from Hakuba on Jan 18 to Takayama & the initial JR routing I had from Hyperdia was:

    Departing 9am: Hakuba – Minami Otari – Itoigawa – Toyama – Takayama

    The last leg was initially via Ltd Exp Hida 14 which will reach Takayama at 14:32 (I checked that few weeks back). Now, the Ltd Exp Hida 14 train is missing & Hyperdia is having a longer waiting time at Itoigawa & Toyama, plus having to travel to Inotani before Takayama. And that is setting back my arrival time to 16:16.

    I am only staying 1 night in Takayama and the new arrival time is not giving me any free time to look around the old town.

    Any advise? Will the Train/Bus way faster?

  6. Kuan Yee says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I’m planing to go Takayama on 9th Oct 2014 with the “Takayama – Hokuriku Area” tourist pass.
    However I couldn’t find it’s timetable and the train rountine from osaka namba station to takayama. May I know is there any website could I search for? How could I make reservation if I’m not yet arrive Japan?

    Regards,
    Kuan Yee

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