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. Gaga says:

    Dear Takeshi,

    Would you advise me the validity period of Hokuriku Free Kippu by Central JR. It costs 15,000 yen departure from Nagoya. However, no information on the travel period?!! Grateful if you would advise.



  2. Frank says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I have decided to stay at Nagoya instead. Can you advise whether I could book any tour to Takayama when I am in Nagoya, or I could visit Takayama on my own by train?

    Thank you.

    Best regards,

  3. Frank says:

    Hi, my friend and I are travelling to Takayama, and our flight is expected to touch down on 10 December 2013 at 6.30am at Nagoya airport. Can you guide us on how to go from Nagoya airport to Takayma by train, as well as the costs?

    My next question is our return flight is on 13 December 2013, and we need to be at the Nagoya airport at 10.00am. Can you guide us on how to go from Takayama airport by train, as well as the costs?

    Thank you for your help.

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Frank,

      First of all, you have to get Nagoya station by Meitetsu train. Please see the link below:

      From Nagoya to Takayama, you will take this train, Wide View Hida. Single fare can be found at Hyperdia:

      On the way back, it’s same cost. But you have to take the first Wide View Hida from Takayama at 6:47. It will arrive at Nagoya at 9:13. I think you can make Chubu airport by 10:00 am.

      If train will be late, you may not be able to catch your flight. In this case, nobody will take a responsibility. If you don’t want to take any risk, I recommend you to stay in Nagoya before departure day.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

    • Frank says:

      Hi Takeshi,

      Thank you very much for your speedy and helpful reply.

      Can you advise me on the next best alternative to catch my 10.30am flight on 13 December 2013? I understand that taxi fare can be rather expensive, so is there a cheaper transport arrangement?

      Thank you, once again.

      Best regards,

      • JPRail says:

        Hi Frank,

        Unfortunately you have to stay in Nagoya before departure date. As far as I know, there is no way to get the airport from Takayama by 10:30 am flight.
        Even if you take a taxi from Takayama to Nagoya, I have totally no idea how much it will be.


        Takeshi / JP Rail

  4. Annette says:


    I plan to go Gero via Takayama from Ngoya (Nagoya–> Takayama–>Gero in a day, for return Gero —> Nagoya in the next day)
    I would like to know that i can go to Takayama from Nagoya direcltly with yuki-ticket and free ticket.

    Thanks for your reply in advance

  5. stuart says:

    Hi, i plan to buy a JR pass and take the train from Nagoya to Takayama, do i have to make a reservation for seats if it is on a popular weekend?

  6. Sheila says:

    I plan to go to Takayama from Nagoya with carry a big luggage, is it possible to get the JR Limited Express Wide Train? Also, any JR pass of 3 days for Takayama, Gifu and Gero?

  7. Liho says:


    I plan to go to Takayama from Hakata (Hakata->Shin-Kobe->Nagoya->Takayama). Can I buy a reserve seat ticket of WideView Hida in Hakata or Shin-Kobe? I only have 10 minutes transfer time in Nagoya and buying tickets and finding the train departure track may end up me missing the train.

    Thanks, this site is very informative and useful.

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Liho,
      Yes, you can.
      You can purchase any JR train ticket in all JR stations that have Midori no Madoguchi (reservation window). Of course Hakata station has it.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  8. Wimontree w. says:

    Dear JPRail,
    I plan to Nagoya on end of March 2013 then I’m going to Takayama and stay for 1 day before go to Tokyo. I have any questions about JR information ‘Limited Express Wide View Hida” from NAGOYA to TAKAYAMA on those time as follows;
    1. Where I can buy the ticket?
    2. Should I reserved seat before or no necessary to reserved seat ?
    3. Can I buy and reserved seat before go to Japan?
    4. Which car number I can sit in case of I do not reserved seat?

    Note; I have no JR Pass.

    Thank you in advance for your incorporation.

    Wimontree w.

  9. Hsuan says:


    I will be taking the Hida Wide View Train from Nagoya to Takayama. With the JR pass, I can book a reserved seat? Or is the pass only for unreserved seat?



  10. Punky says:

    Hi Sir,

    I would like to purchase wide view hida ticket from nagoya to takayama round trip, do you accept credit card at Nagoya station.
    Thank you

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