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

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

  1. Hi Takeshi-san
    I am planning to buy the Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass and take the Wide View Hida from Nagoya to Takayama.
    However, my flight arrives at Nagoya around 15:00 and I plan to take the 17:43 Wide View Hida. I am worried I will not get a reserved seat on the train so I would like to check if I can somehow reserve a seat before I arrive in Japan.

    If I can only reserve a seat at the JR office once I arrive in Nagoya I’m afraid there will be no seats left and that is the last Hida train leaving Nagoya. Also, I arrive on Oct 9 which is the Autumn Festival.

    Could you kindly advise how I can be guaranteed a seat on the Hida?

    Thanks in advance,
    Carmen

    1. Hi Carmen san,

      Unfortunately there is no way to book outside Japan. You have to book when you exchange your pass at Nagoya station.
      As long as flight arrives on time, you may take 17:43 departure Hida. But it will be very tight. You will spend 1 hour for custom and immigration. And you will spend another 40 min to 1 hour to get Nagoya station. You will have only 40 minutes when you will be Nagoya station. And then you have to exchange the pass and book your train. There may be a big line up to the ticket window. We cannot find how busy it will be on your arrival day. If the flight arrives late even 10-15 minutes, it may be huge problem.

      You can try 17:43 Hida but expect to miss this. There is one more later departure at 19:43 of Wide View Hida. You can take either Hida anyway.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Dear JP Rail;
    I will be visiting Nagoya on 19 Nov and travelling to Takaya on 23 Nov. I have the following queries:
    1) What is the ticket price of this Limited Express Wide View Hida train from Nagoya to Takayama?
    2) Where can I get the ticket?
    3) Do you have the time table of this train service
    4) Do I need to make reservation for seat and where?
    Thanks
    JT

    1. Hi JT,

      You can find fare and timetable at Hyperdia:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Ticket purchasing and booking can be made at the reservation window in the station. The following link shows you booking for JR pass, but the procedure is same.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/how-to-reserve-seat.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. We have a group of 6 adults and 2 children travelling to Nagoya in December. We would like to go from Nagoya to Kanazawa, then takayama, then Hirayu and then gero Olsen town and back to Nagoya. Please advise whether there is any pass that we can buy that covers these routes. Thank you.

  3. I am planning a trip to Nagoya/Takayama/Shirakawa-go/Kanazawa in September. I would like to take Wide View Hida train from Nagoya to Takayama. Then travel from Takayama to Kanazawa via Toyama. From Kanazawa I would travel back to Nagoya for return flight home. Can I use the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist JR Pass for the above train trips. Also can I use the pass for bus running between Kanazawa and Shirakawa-go ?
    Is it possible to use the pass for Limited Express Shirasagi ?
    Many thanks
    Timothy

    1. Hi Timothy

      All places are covered by Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass. And bus between Kanazawa and Takayama via Shirakawago is covered by this pass too. Please see the coverage map at the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/takayama-hokuriku-area-pass-perfect-deal-to-get-takayama-kanazawa-toyama-shirakawago-from-nagoya-or-osaka.html

      But Shirasgi is not covered. When you go back to Nagoya from Kanazawa, you have to take Toyama route or Shirakawago route. You cannot make a circle route to go back to Nagoya.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Dear JP rail,
    We are planning to do the following;
    1st Aug-Tokyo- Nagoya
    2nd Aug- Nagoya to Kyoto- day tour to Saga bck to Nagoya
    3rd Aug- Nagoya to Takayama
    4th Aug-Takayama to Tokyo
    6th Aug-Tokyo to Hakone and back to Tokyo on 7th Aug.

    Pls advise if we should buy the 7 day JR pass?

    Best,
    DJ

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