With the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen in March 2015, faraway Hokuriku is suddenly right next door!
Now it’s easy to enjoy the sights of Hokuriku and Toyama-but while you’re there, why not start in Toyama and make an even better vacation of it!
Delight in the gorgeous unfolding of the four seasons as you travel through Etchu and Hidaji on the Limited Express Wide View Hida along the Takayama Main Line. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as well as a visit to popular Gokayama.
Before the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Tokyoites bound for Takayama would almost always have to go through Nagoya-but the new route is just as fast and easier than ever before.
In addition to the speed, one of the great delights of the trip is the view you get to enjoy from your train window between Toyama and Takayama.
The oversized picture windows that give the Wide View Hida train its name do not disappoint.
Enjoy the dramatic scenery as it passes by from the comfort of your seat.
An expanse of peaceful, idyllic countryside rolls by the window as you leave Toyama Station, and you relax as you hear comforting rollick of the train as it glides along the tracks. You can see the breeze as it sends waves over the green rice fields, the musical sound of tiny railroad crossings approaching and then quickly fading into the distance. You catch sight of a lone mini truck waiting patiently with its cargo for the train to pass. You notice the fine plasterwork on the ceiling of the station building at Etchu-Yatsuo, a town famous for its Kaze no Bon summer dance festival, and think how prosperous the area must have been in its heyday.
After leaving Etchu-Yasuo station, the Hida mountain ranges seem to rise up ahead, increasingly imposing in their presence. The diesel engines are working at full power to push the train up the steep inclines, their whirring sounds joining the muted clickity-clack of the track in a kind of symphonic soundtrack. Outside your window, the magnificent Jinzu (Miya) River slices through a succession of steep Okuhida valleys. The dramatic scenery has an entirely different look from the Hida River valleys you see when traveling up from Nagoya, and you eagerly await the new side of Hida-Furukawa and Takayama that you are likely to discover making this fresh approach from Toyama instead.