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.
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
|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
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.
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Car#1-4 operate from Nagoya to Takayama/Hida-furukawa, Car#8-10 operate from Nagoya to Toyama
Car#1-3 operate from Nagoya to Takayama/Hida-furukawa, Car#8-10 operate from Nagoya to Toyama
This formation is used for Osaka departure and Nagoya departure combination. It is connected at Gifu station.
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