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 suspended between Hida-Furukawa and Toyama due to Takayama line closure by heavy rain storm in July, 2018. Please see Train Operation Status to get the detailed information.
If you travel between Nagoya and Takayama, between Osaka/Kyoto and Takayama, it is no problem to travel by Limited Express Wide View Hida at all.

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 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 April 2018, the timetable of Osaka-Takayama train is the following:

Osaka 07:58 -> 08:02 Shin-Osaka 08:03 -> 08:29 Kyoto 08:31 -> 09:56 Gifu 10:11 -> Takayama 12:23

Takayama 15:38 -> 17:36 Gifu 17:43 -> 19:17 Kyoto 19:18 -> 19:44 Shin-Osaka 19:45 -> 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.


View Hida in a larger map

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

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

  1. Hi there,

    We are planning for 5-6 days to fly in to Nagoya around end of January and I have following questions,

    1. Nagoya – Takayama – Okuhida hot spring villages.

    2. In Okuhida hot spring villages if we want to go around in the area can we use the pass for the bus as well

    3. Takayama – Nagoya

    4. To buy the pass in advance we must exchange its within 3 months so we are thinking about buying the pass in January

    Thank you

  2. Hi! We are planning to purchase the JR PASS for our following trips:

    Dec. 1 – roundtrip KYOTO to NARA
    via JR Miyakoji Rapid Train

    Dec. 2 – KYOTO to TAKAYAMA
    KYOTO to Nagoya (via Hikari Shinkansen in Tokaido Line)
    Nagoya to TAKAYAMA (via Hida Wide View Express Train)

    Dec. 3 – TAKAYAMA to OSAKA
    TAKAYAMA to Nagoya (via Hida Wide View Express Train)
    Nagoya to OSAKA (via Hikari Shinkansen in Tokaido Line)

    Will it all be covered by the JR PASS? or is there any other (better/cheaper) options?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Vianca,

      These trips are covered by JR Pass. But you cannot get the worth of JR Pass 7 days by these three trips only. The total fare is less than 25,000 yen. You have to make some more trips if you want to use JR pass. Otherwise your choice is a regular fare tickets. There is no deals to cover this trip.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi, I need the following Transport
    1. Nagoya station to Takayama station
    2. Takayama station to Kanazawa sation

    Will be spending 3 days in Nagaoya, followed by 2 days in Takayama and 2 days in Kanazawa. Thereafter I will leave for Tokyo.
    I have looked at the 7 days JR pass, and it is too expensive for my itinerary ( i think). is there any limited Area Pass that is good for me? Thank you

    1. Hi Yin,

      If you intend to visit Shirakawago by bus from either Takayama or Kanazawa, you may use Takayama Hokuriku area pass.
      https://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

      This pass covers Nagoya-Takayama by limited express train Wide View Hida, trip to Shirakawago by Nohi bus and Takayama to Kanazawa by either train or Nohi bus. But you have to add a regular fare for Kanazawa to Tokyo which is around 14,000 yen for base fare and Shinkansen surcharge.

      If you use JR Pass, it does not cover Nohi bus for Shirakawago. But if you will not go to Shirakawago, JR pass may be considerable. Total fare for Nagoya-Takayama, Takayama-Kanazawa and Kanazawa-Tokyo is around 27,000 yen. It’s 2,000 yen cheaper than 7 days JR pass but if you make some trips in either Nagoya or Tokyo, you may be able to get the worth of it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi There,

    I understand that we can book the Nagoya – Takayama Limited Express at major JR Stations. I would like to get the First Class seats

    Is Nagoya Station a major JR Station?
    If I reach on 7th Dec, can I immeditiely book it for 10th Dec? is this advance enough?
    If my child is not 3 years old yet, must she get a ticket for a valid seat?

    1. Hi Chua,

      You can book it at Nagoya station. It’s hard to say about the availability. Usually it’s not much hard to book in 3 days. But the demand is getting higher in these days. I only can say, just try.

      If you want to have one seat for your 3 years old child, you have to book a seat. But you are okay with sharing the seat or putting your child on your lap, it’s free of charge.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Dear Takeshi san

    I have some questions related to this limited express wide view Hida :
    1. This train is covered by Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass ?
    2. Do I need to book the seat in advance (Nagoya to Takayama) ? If yes, please kindly tell me how to book the seat
    3. The train has wide windows for all cars or limited to some only cars ?

    Thank you

    1. Hi JapanTraveller san,

      1. Yes.
      2. Not required but recommended. You can book it at major JR stations. The easiest way is booking it at the time of exchanging the pass.
      3. All seats have same type windows.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. im going to Takayama from Nagoya, my questions is:-
    1. what is the difference between Limited Express & Rapid? isit all covered by JR pass?
    2. Is the JR pass cover Meitetsu train? How do i know which station/line did JR covered?

    1. Hi Caren,

      1. Rapid is a sort of commute train. Limited Express is the fastest train and has more comfortable accommodation. Both are covered by JR pass.
      2. No. It covers only JR train. It’s hard to explain because there are so many railways in Japan. I put some info in the link below. I hope it helps you to understand it:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html#How_to_use_JR_pass_in_major_cities_and_tourist_spots

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hi,

    I would like to find out JR Pass can use from Nagoya Station to Takayama Station?
    Do I need to exchange the ticket? what is the earliest and latest schedule time for the train?

    hope to hear from you soon.

    1. Hi Lena,

      You can take this train from Nagoya to Takayama by JR pass. I recommend you to book a seat by JR pass in advance. You can book it at any major JR stations reservation window after exchanging JR pass.
      Please use hyperdia to find a train schedule. There is no hard copy of train timetable, such as PDF timetable.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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