Limited Express Wide View Hida timetable and the train information. The train access to Takayama and Hida

 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 and Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass. 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: PDF timetable (valid until mid October 2019)

This train departing from Osaka is coupled with the train from Nagoya at Gifu.

Please find the train operation route in the map below:

 Limited Express Wide View Hida operation route map (click to view large)


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 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. 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

574 thoughts on “Limited Express Wide View Hida timetable and the train information. The train access to Takayama and Hida”

  1. We want to go to Takayama from Kyoto, what options we have?
    Is it necessary reserve seats?
    We have big suitcases in this route, has Hida places to our baggage?


    1. Hi Jose,

      If you want to take a train, one trip of Wide View Hida takes you to Takayama from Kyoto directly. Otherwise take the Shinkansen to Nagoya and then take Wide View Hida to Takayama. The seat reservation is recommended. And there are no luggage spaces in Wide View Hida. Please see the link below about how to handle luggage in the train:

      Other option is the express bus:

      The bus has luggage room.


      Takeshi /

  2. Hello – what is the best way to get from Yokohama to Takayama and then return to Tokyo?
    And can I buy tickets for this online?

    1. Hi Christopher,

      You can take the Shinkansen from Shin-Yokohama to Nagoya, and then take the limited express Wide View Hida. The return trip is same. Just take the Shinkansen to Tokyo:

      You may use JR pass 7-day. It’s cheaper than the regular fare:


      Takeshi /

  3. Hi Takeshi-san,
    We will be travelling to Matsumoto from 3 Oct to 8 Oct. We are thinking to stay 1 night in Takayama before heading to Matsumoto. So the plan will be Narita airport-Takayama (1night)-Matsumoto-Narita airport. Need your advice as which JR pass to purchase. Between Takayama to Matsumoto, take the Nohi bus or train? Thanks.

    1. Hi Jacqueline san,

      You have two choices.

      The first choice is using JR East Pass Niigata Nagano and add the round trip fare to take Nohi bus between Matsumoto and Takayama.

      In this case, you have to take the same route between Narita and Matsumoto. JR East Pass does not cover the train trip from Narita to Takayama via either Nagoya or Toyama. You have to take the route via Matsumoto and take Nohi bus for the round trip between Matsumoto and Takayama. This choice is cheaper than the second choice.

      The second choice is using JR Pass 7-day for the train travel from Narita to Takayama and Matsumoto to Narita airport:

      And you have to add the fare to take the bus from Takayama to Matsumoto ny Nohi bus. JR Pass does not cover it. You can take the different route on the way and way back. However you cannot get the worth of the 7-day JR pass by these trips. You must use JR pass a bit more. In the rough calculation, you have to make about 2,500 yen value trip, such as Matsumoto to Nagano round trip.


      Takeshi /

          1. Hi Takeshi-san,
            Noted. As for Narita to Matsumoto, what is the recommended route and I presumed it will be covered by the JR East pass Nigata Nagano?

  4. Is there a way to travel from Shingu to Takayama via JR travel pass? We are doing Kumano Kodo trail and want to travel from Shingu to Takayama using our pass.

  5. Hi there,
    Thinking of going from Takayama to Osaka and thinking of using the Hida#16 and Hida#36 once a day train so that there is no need to transfer at Gifu. I know this trip is cover by JR Pass but like to ask if it is cover by the ‘Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass’?

    1. Hi Steven,

      Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass does not cover this train fully. This pass does not cover Gifu-Kyoto segment. Please see the link below to find more info:


      Takeshi /

      1. Thanks.
        Can i also ask whether the hiroshima kansai pass will cover all local and jr trains and also local buses and trams in hiroshima, osaka and kyoto?

        Also may i ask if suica card can be used for local and jr trains and local buses in osaka and kyoto?

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