JR Takayama Line “Wide View Hida" Services to Takayama, Gero, and Hida Furukawa Restored

August 14 , 2018
As of August 11, railroad tracks from Hida-Kanayama Station to Gero Station have been restored, and along with it, Limited Express Wide View Hida services from Nagoya to Takayama and Hida Furukawa (via Gero Hot Springs).

Please note that the section of railroad tracks between Sakakami Station and Intotani Station remains to be closed; therefore, Limited Express Wide View Hida services inbetween Hida-Furukawa and Toyama are still suspended (repairs are expected to take a few months).
***It’s still possible to travel from Takayama to Toyama with JR by utilizing their temporary shuttle buses (see attached timetable)

JR Central is recommending that “Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass” holders use highway buses from Takayama to Kanazawa or Shin-Takaoka via Shirakawa-go; these buses are included on the “Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass” but not the standard JR Rail Pass.

【Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass Info】
http://touristpass.jp/en/takayama_hokuriku/
JR Takayama Line “Wide View Hida

Ji-Kabuki Performances in Nakatsugawa and Takayama

August 6 , 2018
See Ji-Kabuki, a traditional yet more slapstick form of kabuki that was performed for commoners in Edo-period Japan (1603-1868), at Magome-juku and Nakatsugawa-juku (Nakatsugawa City), and Takayama.

【Magome-juku Performance Dates】 8/11, 8/18, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24
【Nakatsugawa-juku Performance Dates】  9/1, 10/7, 11/4
【Takayama Jinya Performance Dates】  8/18, 8/19, 8/25, 8/26

【Magome-juku Performance Info】
https://www.jikabuki.net/特別公演-特別体験プログラム-special-performance-kabuki-package-tour-1/特別公演-2018馬籠座歌舞伎/

【Nakatsugawa-juku Performance Info】
https://www.jikabuki.net/特別公演-特別体験プログラム-special-performance-kabuki-package-tour-1/特別公演-2018はざま座歌舞伎/

【Takayama Jinya Performance Info】
https://www.jikabuki.net/特別公演-特別体験プログラム-special-performance-kabuki-package-tour-1/特別公演-2018高山陣屋歌舞伎/
Ji-Kabuki Performances in Nakatsugawa and Takayama

“Wide View Hida” Services from Nagoya to Gero, Takayama and Hida Furukawa Resume Aug 11

August 6 , 2018
JR Central has announced that they plan to reopen the closed railroad tracks from Hida-Kanayama Station to Gero Station (which were damaged by landslides caused by the heavy rainfall in early July) on Saturday, August 11. Along with the reopening of these tracks, Limited Express Wide View Hida services from Nagoya Station to Hida-Furukawa Station (via Gero and Takayama Station) will also be reintroduced; you can now purchase tickets for reserved and non-reserved seats.

With trains resuming their normal services starting on August 11, the last day of the temporary shuttle buses from Hida-Kanayama Station to Gero Station will be Friday, August 10.

【Notes】
*Train lines from Sakakami Station to Inotani Station will remain closed (repairs are expected to take a few months) with temporary shuttle buses running passengers the distance of the closed railroad tracks
*Limited Exp. Wide View Hida services from Hida-Furukawa Station to Toyama Station will remain suspended
*See the link below for the Japanese Press Release from JR Central
“Wide View Hida” Services from Nagoya to Gero, Takayama and Hida Furukawa Resume Aug 11