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.
Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine

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. pat says:

    Hi, We’re travelling to Takayama from Nagoya on September 13 via Wide Hida View Train using Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass. Would you recommend to reserve seats? Is there extra charge if we will reserve seats? I am afraid that if we cannot take the earliest train on that day.

    • Hi Pat,

      I recommend you to reserve a seat in advance. It is covered by the pass. You can reserve your seat without any extra. Online is not available. The earliest chance to book is the time of exchanging the pass.


      Takeshi /

  2. Patricia Tan says:

    We are leaving Takayama for Namba station in Osaka on 27th Sept. From Hypedia – there is the limited express wide view Hida 36 that travels from Takayama thru Gifu directly to Shin Osaka departing at 1538.
    There is also limited express Hida 12 that travels from Takayama to Nagoya and then Shinkansen Hikari 517 too Shin Osaka at 1329

    Which of these trains is better to travel from Takayama to Osaka? I can be back in Osaka btw 6-8pm

  3. Sharon says:

    Hi, if I use JR pass and plan to use the limited express wide view hida train from Nagoya to Takayama, should I reserve a seat? If I did not make a seat reservation, is there any non-reserved seat?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Sharon,

      All trains have non reserved seat. Please see the chapter of “Train formation” in the post above.

      But non reserved seat is first come and first serve. In the worst case, you have to stand up. If you can fix your schedule, I recommend you to book a seat. It is covered by JR pass and it is benefit of using this pass.


      Takeshi /

  4. Lani says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,

    Is there a website with instructions and contact details on how to reserve seats in Limited Express Wide View Hida from Nagoya to Toyoma using the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Pass? We will be arriving Chubu aiport on a Saturday and will sleep overnight there then we will travel the next day to Nagoya then take the Hida train to Toyama. Thank you so much and I am looking forward to your reply. 🙂

    • Hi Lani san,

      Unfortunately there is no ways to book in advance before you arrive in Japan, such as online reservation. You have to book a seat for this train after you arrive in Japan. The easiest way is booking at the same time of exchanging the pass.


      Takeshi /

  5. Ying says:

    Dear Takeshi-san

    May I know which ticket I should purchase to travel from Takayama Station to Osaka Station?

    My booked day trip pick us up at Osaka but end at Takayama… I am totally clueless how to travel back to Osaka 🙁

    Thank in advance!!

  6. Lyman says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,

    I would like to travel with Takayama Hokuriku area pass in June. my plan as below:
    Osaka -> Kanazawa-> Shirakawago-> Takayama
    Takayama -> Gero
    Gero-> Gifu -> Kyoto
    Kyoyo-> Osaka

    In this case, am i only need to purchase extra train ticket for Gifu -> Kyoto only?
    I would like to take the Wide View you direct from Gifu to Kyoto is it correct?

    Thank you very much

  7. Alison Arena says:

    Good morning
    We would like to travel from Takayama to Kyoto on the 24th April using our JR pass
    There is the train leavin Takayama at 12.33 to Nagoya that gives us 14 mins to change to Shinkansen on to Kyoto. Do you think that will be enough time to locate platform and get there as we will have luggage or should I catch the earlier 11.32 wide view Hida and leave ourselves 40 mins for the transfer
    Thanks in advance

  8. Stella Tan says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,
    Good Afternoon!
    We will be getting 5 Days Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass, and planning to take Wide View Hida train from Nagoya to Takayama in Dec 2019. How to reserve the seat in advance? can it be done in the website?
    Thank you.

  9. Leslie says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,

    May I check whether it is possible to purchase train tickets for Hida Limited Express online? We are not getting the JR Pass or Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass as we are only traveling between Nagoya and Takayama.

    If the tickets are not available online, will we have trouble getting them at Nagoya train station? We are afraid it will be sold out as it is the festival season.



  10. Lishan Tan says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,

    I’m arriving in Nagoya on March 24 at 3pm and planning to head straight to Takayama for 2 nights then to okuida for 2 nights before heading back to Nagoya.

    Can you please advise :
    1) what is the best way to get from Centrair airport to Takayama? I was planning on taking the ltd wide view hide train at 16:48 but I’m not sure if I can make it.
    2) Are there rail and bus passes you can recommend? Where can I get them?

    Thank you so much for your advice!

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