The limited express Wide View Hida timetable and the train information. The train access to Takayama and Hida

Limited Express
This train has the huge window. You can enjoy a view at the front row.
 Wide View Hida runs between Osaka and Takayama by this 3 cars train set.

Wide View Hida is the limited express train which connects Nagoya, Takayama and Toyama. This train equips very huge windows. It offers very scenic view through this panoramic window along the route. That is why this train is called “Wide View”.

This train is a primary way to get Takayama. This has been very popular for the tourists from overseas in these days. This train is fully covered by JR Pass. Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass covers between Nagoya, Takayama and Toyama. I will explain about this train in this post.

Timetable and Route

Wide View Hida runs once an hour between Nagoya and Takayama. A few trips are extended to operate to Hida-Furukawa and Toyama. It takes 2.5 hours to get Takayama from Nagoya and 4 hours to get Toyama from Nagoya.

And also one round trip runs between Osaka and Takayama. If you take this Osaka departure Wide View Hida, you can get Takayama directly from Osaka, Shin-Osaka and Kyoto.

You can find the timetable in the link below:

Due to COVID-19, it may be operated on a schedule different from the normal timetable. Check the train schedule on Hyperdia.
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This train departing from Osaka is coupled with the train from Nagoya at Gifu.

Please find the train operation route in the map below:

 The limited express Wide View Hida operation route map (click to view large)


You can find the interior of this train and the scenery from this train in my YouTube movie below. Please watch to find more information:

Wide View Hida is serviced by KIHA-85 series. This train has huge glass windows which give you the spectacular scenery along Takayama 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 leg space is 1,160mm on 2+2 seat configuration and 1,250mm on 2+1 seat configuration. 1,160mm 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 leg space is 1,000mm. This is bigger than the other train’s ordinary seat.

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. You can change to the front toward if you want by yourself.

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Train formation

There are many train formations. Some Wide View Hida do not have Green car.


Car#1-4 operate from Nagoya to Takayama. And 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


In car #2, there are ordinary reserved seats and Green seats.


This formation is used for Osaka departure and Nagoya departure combination. Car #1 to #3 run to/from Osaka and the rest of cars run to/from Nagoya. These two train sets are coupled / uncoupled at Gifu station and run together between Gifu and Takayama. In car #6, there are ordinary reserved seats and Green seats.


Green seat 2+2 configuration

Green seat 2+1 configuration

Ordinary seat

Sanitary space

Suggested deal

JR Pass covers this train. But if you visit Takayama, Shirakawago, Toyama and/or Kanazawa from Nagoya, Osaka or Kyoto, Takayama Hokuriku Area Touirst Pass is recommended. Please find more informaiton in the link below:

Coverage of other deals

As I mentioned above, JR Pass covers the limited express Wide View Hida fully. This is only deal to cover this train fully.

Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass covers between Nagoya, Gifu, Gero, Takayama, Hida-Furukawa and Toyama. This pass does not cover between Kyoto and Gifu.

Hokuriku Arch Pass, Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass and Hokuriku Area Pass covers between Toyama and Inotani only. You cannot get Takayama by these passes.


  1. Lates news, sport and bussines from the Salsabola » A taste of old Japan says:

    […] To get to Takayama from Tokyo station, take the Nozomi Shinkansen to Nagoya and change for the limited express Wide View Hida train to Takayama. The journey takes four hours and costs ¥14,200 (around £118) return. The same […]

  2. A taste of old Japan | Travel - says:

    […] To get to Takayama from Tokyo station, take the Nozomi Shinkansen to Nagoya and change for the limited express Wide View Hida train to Takayama. The journey takes four hours and costs ¥14,200 (around £118) return. The same […]

  3. Carrey says:

    Hi, do you know is there and bus that can travel from Kyoto to Takayama? I am looking for a budget way to travel to takayama. Thanks.


  4. Rose says:


    I would like to travel from Tokyo to Takayama using Japan Rail Pass. I’ve checked the timetable from Tokyo to Nagoya and the time is about 8AM-10:10AM.

    What’s the departure time from Nagoya to Takayama closest to my arrival time (10:10AM) at Nagoya station? Or where can I find the timetable for JR Hida train?

    Thank you in advance for the help as I couldn’t find the timetable for JR Hida Express.

  5. Grace says:

    My family will be travelling from Nagoya to Takayama then to Matsumoto. Would it be advisable to take the ordinary seat or the green seat if I have two 24 inch luggage bag and two 21 inch luggage bags? Is there a luggage compartment for big luggages apart from the overhead ones?

    I will also be taking the local train from Takayama to Minoota (JR Taita line) and on to Masumoto. Is it possible to bring luggages into such local trains?

    • JPRail says:

      Hello Grace,
      It is very challenging. Most of JR trains are designed for domestic travellers. Some of the trains, such as Narita Express or other airport access trains, have some spaces for full size suitcase. But the trains do not have any luggage space basically in both ordinary and green. If your train have lots of empty seats, you can use that space to keep your luggage. But if it’s full, you need to keep your luggage at your own seat space or leave it at the entrance deck. But it is not recommended to leave your luggage there for security.
      I think it is easier to have a big luggage in the local train. But please try to minimize your luggage as much as you can.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  6. Miki says:

    Is there a direct train from Kyoto to Takayama? Would we need to transfer at Nagoya?

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Miki,
      You can take Hida that departs from Osaka. But we have only one round trip a day. If you cannot catch this, go to Nagoya and transfer.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  7. Sy says:


    I see that an additional service LTD.EXP (WIDEVIEW)HIDA 11, departing Nagoya at 1248hr, has been added to the schedule for the 26th Oct. This service was not shown when i checked the Hyperdia website earlier in Sep but i believe the schedule has been updated now that it is Oct. However, i noticed that it says that this is a temporary service. What are the chances that the service will be cancelled since it is a temporary service?

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Sy,
      I think Hida 11 is the scheduled service. Some seasonal trains may be added. But most of seasonal trains have a bigger number, such as #61, #91.
      JR Central announced they have Hida #93 (10:18@Nagoya), #94 (17:39@Takayama) on Oct 8 to 10. And #61 (06:16@Nagoya) will be added on Oct 1 and Nov3 to 6.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  8. danny says:

    your site is amazing! my JR pass started five days ago, and i only wish i had known about this site before it began.

    about the wide view hida: for two seats, going from osaka to takayama, which side should we request (A/B vs C/D) for the best scenery? thank you!

  9. Nell says:

    Aside from Green Car, is it possible to book reserved seats for this train? Do you know how much the reserved fee is from Nagoya to Takayama?


    We travel from Kyoto to Takayama.If we buy JR Pass, Can we use JR Pass for Limited Express Wide View Hida? If not, How can I buy Wide View Ticket?

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