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. Arthur says:

    Hi Tekeshi,
    Here is my plan:
    Day 1&2 Nagoya
    Day 3 take the limited express wide view hida to takayama
    Day 4 visit shirakawago then back to hotel in takayama
    Day 5 take the highway bus to kyoto
    Day 6&7 in kyoto and then leave at kansai airport

    Could you please advise if I should buy one-way ticket from nagoya to takayama or a jr pass?

    I found that the one-way ticket costs about 6000yen, the round trip bus to shirakawago costs about 4500 yen, the highway bus costs about 4200 yen while the last express to airport cost about 3000 yen. In total it costs about 20000 yen, however the 7day ordinary jr pass already cost 29110 yen.

    Many Thanks,

  2. Ling says:

    Hi, I plan to visit Japan this 22nd July. Can you advise the faster way for my trip.

    Day 1, Kansai Osaka Airport to Shirakawa-go
    Day 3, Shirakawa-go to Kanazawa
    Day 4, Kanazawa to Kyoto
    Day 6, Kyoto to Osaka

  3. Sam Looi says:


    Good day to you.

    I plan to travel as below: –

    14 Dec to 17 Dec – Tokyo Narita Airport to Kyoto
    17 Dec – Kyoto to Hida Tayakama
    19 Dec – Hida Tayakama back to Tokyo

    Is it cheaper if I purchase the JR Pass?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Sam,

      Yes. JR Pass 7 days is cheaper than single ticket.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

      • Looi Choy Koun says:


        Thanks for your prompt reply.

        May I ask the JR pass can be used for my trip from Narita Airport to Kyoto, from Kyoto to Hida Takayama and from Hida Takayama back to Tokyo station?

        My proposed plan as below: –
        Day 1 from Narita Airport to Kyoto (stay 3 nights)
        Day 4 from Kyoto to Hida Takayama (stay 2 nights)
        Day 7 from Hida Takayama back to Tokyo (stay 5 nights)

        Also, the transportation fee would it be cheaper if I wish to go Mount Fuji & Hakone if I go by my own? Or follow those day tour would be better?

        Thank you.

        Choy Koun

        Should I purchase JR Pass or one way ticket to the above destination?

        Thank you.

  4. KO Yap says:

    I plan to travel as follows:
    Day 1 (Sunday): Nagoya to Takayama
    Day 3 (Tuesday): Takayama to Kanazawa
    Day 4 (Wednesday): Kanazawa to Tokyo
    Day 7 (Saturday): Tokyo to Narita Airport

    Can I buy JR Pass and what is the schedule for the trains? Prefer morning travel for all.

  5. Maria says:

    Hi, we will be traveling from Manila to Osaka Sept. 15 to 17, 2015, then plan to take the bullet train to takayama, from Nagoya, is day trip enough for Nagoya? and from Takayama we will go to Tokyo, can we buy one way bullet train pass only for tourists, because we are flying out of Haneda.
    we don’t have to go back to Osaka. we are all together 7 adults all seniors. Please advice how to go about it. Thank you.

  6. Tjung Kurniawan says:

    Hi Takeshi,
    I plan to visit Shirakawago and Takayama on 04 July 2015.
    The next day I want to go to mount Fuji, can you advice the fastest way , for I will leave for Tokyo
    after that.So, I also need your advice of the transportation from Fuji to Tokyo. I will purchase the 7 days JR Pass. Thank you

  7. willy jusuf says:

    hi takeshi

    thanks for your time i even forget to thank you for my question LOL

  8. willy jusuf says:

    hi Takeshi / JP Rail
    if we buy limited wide view hida from nagoya to toyama can we hop off at takayama for a few hours going to shirakawago then hop on at takayama to toyama ? or we better buy separate tickets?
    what is the latest timetable train from takayama to toyama ?
    then can we buy nohi bus from kanazawa on arrival

  9. ayaka says:

    Hi i would like to ask
    On how to get to toyama from nagoya

  10. Lee says:


    I would like to check with you, as I’ll be going to Takayama from Osaka. Which train Should I take? Wide Hida?orJR?Is it Wide Hoda is not a direct, however, JR will. B a direct? Which way is more convenient? As I’ve 2 young kids and 2 elderly in our group.

    Looking forward for your reply.

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