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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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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.


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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


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

  1. Ken says:

    Hi , I plan to travel from Nagoya – Takayama- Kyoto – Osaka – Nara – Nagoya airport. Can you recommend which rail pass should I buy to cover all the places?

    I am thinking of getting daily bus pass for each city.

    Regards

    • Hi Ken,

      There is no deals to cover all part of your trip. But a few deals may be considerable.

      1. Takayama Free Ticket
      This ticket was sold by JR Central, but it’s stopped to sell at this moment. It will come back. So stick around the following link:
      http://english.jr-central.co.jp/tickets/value/index.html
      It covers Nagoya-Takayama round trip and some local transportation.

      2. Kintetsu Rail Pass Wide
      This deal covers all part of your trip except Takayama.
      http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/foreign/english/useful/ticket/rpw1-2.html
      If you get Kyoto from Nagoya by Shinkansen, it takes 1 hour. But if you take Kintetsu, it takes 2.5 hours. It’s much slower but it’s much cheaper. If you take Shinkansen, single ticket will be your choice. One way fare is around 6500 yen.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. jenny says:

    good morning Takeshi,

    at first very thanks of your advice for the osaka trip, is great.

    Im going to plan a trip as osaka ~ takayama ~ nagoya / tokyo. did i need purchasess the jr pass??

  3. Gaga says:

    Dear Takeshi,

    Would you advise me the validity period of Hokuriku Free Kippu by Central JR. It costs 15,000 yen departure from Nagoya. However, no information on the travel period?!! Grateful if you would advise.

    Merci.

    Gaga

  4. Frank says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I have decided to stay at Nagoya instead. Can you advise whether I could book any tour to Takayama when I am in Nagoya, or I could visit Takayama on my own by train?

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Frank

  5. Frank says:

    Hi, my friend and I are travelling to Takayama, and our flight is expected to touch down on 10 December 2013 at 6.30am at Nagoya airport. Can you guide us on how to go from Nagoya airport to Takayma by train, as well as the costs?

    My next question is our return flight is on 13 December 2013, and we need to be at the Nagoya airport at 10.00am. Can you guide us on how to go from Takayama airport by train, as well as the costs?

    Thank you for your help.

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Frank,

      First of all, you have to get Nagoya station by Meitetsu train. Please see the link below:
      http://www.centrair.jp/en/to_and_from/access/train.html

      From Nagoya to Takayama, you will take this train, Wide View Hida. Single fare can be found at Hyperdia:
      http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

      On the way back, it’s same cost. But you have to take the first Wide View Hida from Takayama at 6:47. It will arrive at Nagoya at 9:13. I think you can make Chubu airport by 10:00 am.

      If train will be late, you may not be able to catch your flight. In this case, nobody will take a responsibility. If you don’t want to take any risk, I recommend you to stay in Nagoya before departure day.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

    • Frank says:

      Hi Takeshi,

      Thank you very much for your speedy and helpful reply.

      Can you advise me on the next best alternative to catch my 10.30am flight on 13 December 2013? I understand that taxi fare can be rather expensive, so is there a cheaper transport arrangement?

      Thank you, once again.

      Best regards,
      Frank

      • JPRail says:

        Hi Frank,

        Unfortunately you have to stay in Nagoya before departure date. As far as I know, there is no way to get the airport from Takayama by 10:30 am flight.
        Even if you take a taxi from Takayama to Nagoya, I have totally no idea how much it will be.

        Cheers,

        Takeshi / JP Rail

  6. Annette says:

    Hi,

    I plan to go Gero via Takayama from Ngoya (Nagoya–> Takayama–>Gero in a day, for return Gero —> Nagoya in the next day)
    I would like to know that i can go to Takayama from Nagoya direcltly with yuki-ticket and free ticket.

    Thanks for your reply in advance

  7. stuart says:

    Hi, i plan to buy a JR pass and take the train from Nagoya to Takayama, do i have to make a reservation for seats if it is on a popular weekend?

  8. Sheila says:

    I plan to go to Takayama from Nagoya with carry a big luggage, is it possible to get the JR Limited Express Wide Train? Also, any JR pass of 3 days for Takayama, Gifu and Gero?

  9. Liho says:

    Hello,

    I plan to go to Takayama from Hakata (Hakata->Shin-Kobe->Nagoya->Takayama). Can I buy a reserve seat ticket of WideView Hida in Hakata or Shin-Kobe? I only have 10 minutes transfer time in Nagoya and buying tickets and finding the train departure track may end up me missing the train.

    Thanks, this site is very informative and useful.

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Liho,
      Yes, you can.
      You can purchase any JR train ticket in all JR stations that have Midori no Madoguchi (reservation window). Of course Hakata station has it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

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