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

  1. david weinreb says:

    we are travelling from nagoia to takayama by wideview hida 11 train on apri 13. at 12:48.
    what is the platform number in nagoia station that we have to take?thanks

  2. Jan Joosten says:

    How much time does it take to go from Hakone to Takayama, using a JR rail pass.

  3. khunthong says:

    I will arrive central interbational airport at Nagoya at 6 pm on April 30 . Is there Jr train leaving from airport to Takayama at night time.

    • Hi khunthong,

      The last direct train departs from Nagoya at 19:43. But I don’t think you can make it because it will take 40 minutes at least from airport to Nagoya and spend at least one hour to clear custom and immigration.

      There is still local train connection from Nagoya to Takamaya. It departs from Nagoya at 21:15. But you have to transfer the trains twice at Gifu and Minoota. You will be Takayama after midnight. I don’t recommend this train connection. It’s better to stay in Nagoya on arrival day.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  4. churee says:

    i have 7 days jr pass …
    do you have direct train from takayama to ito?
    do you have direct train from ito to haneda airport intokyo?
    thanks

  5. Elaine says:

    Hi. We will be staying at Takayama and would like to seek your advice on the following to see if this can be done in 1 day and what would be the Nohi Bus timing like? Thanks Thanks in advance.

    Takayama > Shirakawago > Kanazawa > Takayama

  6. Aggie says:

    We would like to take the Takayama Hokuriku tourist pass from Nagoya to Takayama, Shirakawago (explore for a couple of hours), kanazawa and stop at Kyoto all on the one day – 5th Feb 2015.

    Is this possible with the train, bus and train travel? We expect to be a long day, hoping to arrive Kyoto at night around 8:30pm+. I believe Japan rail and bus travel are reliable so we should be fine?

    Will this be the LTD. EXP THUNDERBIRD via the Tokaido and Takayama lines, and Hokuriku Line (Kanazawa to Kyoto) and Nohi bus from Takayama to Kanazawa?

    I just to be sure before go ahead and purchase the pass before leaving the country.

    Thanks for your help.
    Aggie

    • Hi Aggie,

      Yes, you can.

      Nagoya 07:45 (Ltd Exp Hida 1) 10:02 Takayama
      Takayama 12:50 (Nohi Bus) 13:40 Shirakawago
      Shirakawago 16:25 (Nohi Bus) 17:50 Kanazawa
      Kanazawa 18:42 (Ltd Exp Thunderbird 45) 20:54 Kyoto

      If you do this, you have to complete booking Nohi bus. Reservation is required to take Nohi bus but online is not available. You have to make a call in the link below:\http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/shirakawago_kanazawa.html

      And also, in this season, many snow storms have already hit Japan already. There are lots of snow in Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa。Please check the updated weather forecast before you visit. As long as weather is good, trains and buses runs on time. it’s very reliable. But if snow storm hit, lots of trains and buses may be delayed and suspended.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

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