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 trip time

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 2017, the timetable is the following:

Osaka 08:02 -> Takayama 12:23
Takayama 15:35 -> Osaka 19:50

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

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    May i know what is the best time and fare schedule if i would depart from Nagoya and arrive at Takayama without a JR Pass?

  2. Dear Takeshi San,

    We will arrive at Nagoya via ANA flight from Tokya with ETA 6:35pm. How to travel from Nagoya Airport to Shirakawa-go? We are thinking of spending the first night at Shirakawa-go (if possible, otherwise will spend the night at Takayama). After spending a morning at Shirakawa-go, we will move onwards to the Alpine route (planning to spend the 2nd night at Shinano Omachi or Matsumoto). Then return to Nagoya the next morning. Does this itinerary make sense in terms of the efficient use of time or would it be better to do it anti-clockwise, i.e. starting from Nagoya to Matsumoto (stay 1 night at Matsumoto or Shinano Omachi)….. Many thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Penny san,

      You need to be Nagoya station first. Please see the links below:
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/chubu-ngo/chubu-nagoya-airport-transportation-guide-find-info-about-airport-station-and-access-to-nagoya.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/nagoya-station-guide-how-to-transfer-among-shinkansen-kintetsu-meitetsu-subway-and-jr-local-trains.html

      I don’t think you can reach Shirakawago on arrival night. You may not be able to get even Takayama because the last train to Takayama depart at 19:43 and arrive in Takayama at 22:15 which is wide view Hida 19. It takes at least 35 minutes from Chubu airport to Nagoya station. You will spend at least 10 minutes from Meitetsu Nagoya station to JR Nagoya station. And also you will spend 15 to 20 minutes to pick up luggage and something to do in the aiport. I don’t think you can do it in one hour from arrival time to train departure time in Nagoya station. I strongly recommend you to stay in Nagoya on arrival day.

      Your plan is okay. You can use the pass in the link below:
      http://touristpass.jp/en/alpine/

      If you need to get this, you need to exchange the pass in Nagoya station. You will spend more minutes when you are in Nagoya station. It’s impossible to take 19:43 departure on arrival day.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Dear Takeshi,

        Thank you so much for your quick reply and valuable advice. I will study the information given and re-plan our schedule.

        Thanks again.
        Penny Lee
        from Malaysia

  3. Takeshi San,

    We will arrive at Nagoya by ANA flight from Tokyo on Mon 26 Jun with ETA 6:35pm. How to travel from Nagoya Airport to Shirakawa-go? We aim to stay 1 night of 26 June in Shirakawa-go. Then we will travel onwards to the Alpine route (clockwise direction), spend the 2nd night at Shinano Omachi. Then retrun to Nagoya the next morning. Does that itinerary make sense in terms of travelling time? Or would it be better to travel anti-clockwise starting from Nagoya to Matsumoto (stay 1 night at Matsumoto ro Shinano Omachi), go to the Alpine route the next morning, then move onwards Shirakawa-go (stay 2nd night at Takayama). Return to Nagoya next day.

    Thank you very much.
    Ms Penny Lee
    from Malaysia

  4. Is there any way to take Hida Wide View train and not face backward? Is it possible to get off in Gifu for this?
    Thanks!

  5. Regarding I booked a day trip on April 22,2017
    and the meeting point at Takayama Nohi Bus Centre at 10:05am
    I stay the hotel at Toyama, is it the best way is taking the JR Hida Limited Express train?? when is the early train from Toyama to Takayama ?? Do you think I can purchase the ticket at Narita airport??
    Thanks

    1. Hi Fellon,

      You can take the first “Wide View Hida” to Takayama. It departs from Toyama at 08:00. It takes about 1.5 hours. If you want to see the exact timetable, please check it at hyperdia.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      You can book it at Narita airport or other most of JR stations in advance.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi Takeshi san

    Can I hop on and off this Wide View Hida train without seat reservation?
    I am coming in from Nagoya to Takayama, and am using the Takayama-Alpine-Matsumoto Area Pass.

    Thanks!!

      1. Thanks for the information, Takeshi san!

        If I want to make seat reservation for this Hida Train, can I do it at JR East Travel Service Centers at Narita Airport? I am transiting through Narita and wish to exchange for my Takayama-Alpine Area Pass at the same time.

  7. Hi Takeshi,

    I don’t have a JR pass. What are the best options to get from Kyoto to Gero on the 12th April and what are the prices and the quickest options?

    Thanks
    Ratna

    1. Hi Ratna,

      As you read the post above, there is one trip from Osaka to Takayama directly. If you take this and get off at Gero, it’s easiest. But if you cannot take this, you need to get Nagoya and take this train Wide View Hida.

      Please check the detailed timetable and fare at hyperdia:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi Takeshi,
    We want to take the Hida Wide View Limited Express train from Nagoya to Takayama, but we arrive late in the evening. Is there a departure from Nagoya to Takayama after 7pm on a Saturday? Thank you.

      1. Thank you Takeshi.
        Our schedule prevents us from catching the last 19:43 Hida Wide View service from Nagoya.
        An alternative route indicates a later departure with a transfer at Gifu, and onward to Takayama. Would this be a single ticket purchase for the entire journey? Or do we need to buy another ticket at Gifu for the last leg on the JR Takayama line? Thanks again!

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