In this article, we’ve actually been to Jiufen, and we’ll give you an easy-to-understand explanation with maps of Jeofen’s typical photo spots, recommended sightseeing spots in Jiufen, and how to get there from Taipei!
Jiufen is a compact city, so you can fully enjoy your stay even if you only have about three hours.
If you are thinking of visiting Jiufen, please refer to this guide!
HIS offers a tour to Jiufen with airfare, hotel, and meals from $398 (including surcharge). HIS offers a tour to Jiufen with airfare, hotel, and meals starting at $398 (including surcharge). The most popular tours are the ones that fill up first, so early booking is recommended.
What kind of city is Jiufen? The charm of Jiufen
The charm of Jiufen is that many of the alleyways, stone steps, and liquor stores built at the end of the 19th century have been preserved in their original atmosphere. .
The city is characterized by an atmosphere that is somewhat different from that of Japan, yet nostalgic.
Everyone is captivated by the mysterious beauty of the night view when you look down on it.
While walking around the nostalgic town, you can indulge in gourmet food at food stalls, look for cute souvenirs at grocery stores, or take a break at a cafe when you are tired of walking.
It’s not a big city, but that makes it all the more fun.
It is said to be the model for the streets in Spirited Away (officially denied), which was released in 2003, and has attracted many tourists from Japan.
This is all you need to know! 4 Places to Visit in Jiufen!
Jiufen has two main streets that are the focus of our sightseeing.
If you visit Jiufen, this is the only place you should go! Here are some of the places to visit in Jiufen.
1. Jiufen is the place to be! You must take pictures at the most famous spots!
Jiufen and recommended Taipei night view spots.
When most people think of Jiufen, the place in this picture probably comes to mind!
The red lanterns and lights of the stores shine in this captivating scene. .
This place is actually harder to find than you might think, so I’ll explain in detail so that everyone can get there without getting lost!
The store where you can take this picture is a cafe called Kaietsuro Chabou (The Skyline Teahouse), which is located across the street from A-Mei Tea House.
This store has a terrace outside and is also three stories high, so you can take pictures from there as if you are looking down on the Amey Tea House.
Since you are here, why not take a break and take some pictures at this store?
This store gets quite crowded, so it is best to make a reservation.
There are also plans that can be easily booked on the Japanese website. (Reference: [Jiufen, Taiwan] Hai Yue Lou Tea House with a view: Oriental Beauty Tea + Tea Cakes Set for $14.22)
If you don’t have much time but really want to take a picture here, you can take a picture from in front of the entrance of the store on the first floor.
Although you have to take pictures from a low position, you can still take pictures that are typical of Jiufen!
The position is low, but you can take beautiful pictures.
Opening hours: 9:00 – 21:00
Closed: Basically, no holidays
Address: 224 Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
2. Ah Mei Tea House
Apparently, there is a story that this place is “TangPoPo’s Oil Store“. It certainly looks like a scene I’ve seen many times in the movies.
By the way, A-Mei Tea House is also a café, so why don’t you take a break with a cup of tea or dim sum after filming?
Jiufen as a whole is a great place to visit, but since the city itself is located on top of a mountain, you can usually see the ocean from any open space.
Of course, you can also see it from the Ah mei Tea House. So, I recommend taking a break to look at the sea and feel the Taiwanese breeze!
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Closed: No holidays
Address: No. 20, Lower Lane, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, 224 Taiwan
3.Main street of Jiufen, Keishan Street
When you get off the bus from Taipei, there is a 7-Eleven nearby, and the small entrance next to it is the main street of Jiufen sightseeing, “Kishan Street”.
As you make your way down Kishan Street Street, you will see that both sides of the street are lined with stores selling knick-knacks, sundries, and various foods.
The following two foods are Jeofen specialties, so be sure to try them.
Jeofen’s famous sweet potato dumplings
This sweet is made by kneading potato powder into a dumpling shape.
The slightly sweet syrup and chewy texture is addictive!
It’s a must-try when in Jiufen, as it’s the famous sweet of Jiufen!
In Jiufen, there are stores selling potato dumplings everywhere.
Peanut Flavored Crepes
This is another Jiufen specialty. Peanut candy is shaved and sandwiched with ice cream to make a crepe.
The aroma of the peanuts and the sweetness are exquisite!
You can eat it as you go, so it’s a sweet treat you can easily enjoy.
4. Tatasaki Road, with its beautiful staircase streets
Another main street for sightseeing in Jiufen is Tiyasaki Road.
To get to this street, you have two choices: you can either go along Jioushan Street, or you can get off at Jioufen Old Street, which is just before the Jioushan Street bus stop (the closest bus stop to Jiufen Old Street).
However, if you get off at Jiufen Old Street, you will have to climb up a few hills, so we recommend taking the route through Kishan Street.
Furthermore, there are a lot of stairs along this route, so please be careful when passing through.
This scenery also looks like something you would see in a movie! It’s just like Jiufen!
From another angle. It looks like something you’d see in a movie. Although it wasn’t as small as this (lol), if you’re going to Jiufen, you’ll want to take a stroll at night too!
5.Jiufen can be visited as a day trip
We went to Jiufen for two days and one night, but Juufen can also be visited on a day trip.
It is a very compact city, so you can visit all the spots you want to in three hours.
In the next section, we will show you how to get there from Taipei.
How to get there! How to get to Jiufen from Taipei
There are four ways to get to Jiufen from central Taipei. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
- Take the bus only
- Take the train and bus
- Take a local tour
- Take a taxi
If you want to go easy, HIS is recommended
If you want to go easily, book a tour that includes Jiufen in advance.
HIS has a tour to Jiufen that includes airfare (including surcharges), hotel, and meals for $398.
Jiufen is about an hour and a half away from Taipei, making it a bit of a hassle to go there on your own.
However, if you sign up for a tour that includes Jiufen, you can take a bus and go there easily.
If you’re going to Taiwan for the first time, this is the tour for you!
Taking a day tour of Jiufen from Taipei
There are also many tours departing from Taipei that allow you to take a day trip to visit Jiufen.
It is possible to join a tour from Taipei for less than $30, so if you are worried about transportation, a tour is recommended.
The KKday website in particular had the lowest prices. You can book local tours in over 80 countries around the world, and the prices are often much cheaper than other sites.
There is also a plan that allows you to book a round trip bus. You can also book the return bus, so you don’t have to worry about getting on a crowded bus.
You can book KKday on their English website, and they have customer support.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of going by train and bus, and how to get there.
If you take a bus from central Taipei, you don’t have to change trains and it’s easy to get there.
From the MRT (Taipei Main Line) Nangang Line Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, near Exit 2, there is a Keelung Bus Company bus bound for Jiufen and Jinguashih (Route 1062), which departs every 30 minutes.
The fare is $95 NTW (about $3.13 USD) one way, and the trip takes about 60 to 80 minutes.
There is no need to change trains, so it is much easier than taking the train. You can get off at the “Jiudoukou” bus stop, the same stop as when using the train.
Train and bus. It’s cheap and convenient!
Taiwan Railway (Taiwan Railways) Take the train from Taipei Station to Ruifang Station, which is the closest station to Jiufen, and then take a bus to Jiufen.
From Taipei Main Station to Ruifang Station takes about 30-40 minutes by express train or 50-60 minutes by local train, and the fare is $76 NTW express (about $2.50 USD) or $49 NTW local (about $1.60 USD).
There are three to four trains per hour, including limited express and local trains. There are also a few express trains (45 minutes, $59 NTW).
Most trains stop at Ruifang Station, but some of the Puyuma and Truk trains do not, so check the stop before boarding.
From Ruifang Station, take the bus bound for Jinguashih via Jiufen from the bus stop right in front of the station, and arrive at the Jiudoukou bus stop in 15 to 20 minutes. The fare is $15 NTW (about $0.5 USD).
The street called “Jioushan Street”, which stretches from the 7-Eleven, is the start of your Jiufen stroll!
Taxi. The ultimate luxury.
I’ve already mentioned how to get there by train or bus, but for those who are the biggest hassle or are even nervous about taking a bus, I recommend taking a cab.
Cabs in Taiwan are metered. In order to avoid problems later on, it is important to check that the meter is working properly when you get into a taxi.
As a rough guide, the fare from Taipei Main Station to Jiufen’s “Jiudoukou” bus stop is about $845 NTW (about $28 USD). Of course, you can try to negotiate.
Enjoying Jiufen in two days and one night! Jiufen Tour
We wanted to see both daytime and nighttime scenery, so we decided to stay in Jiufen for one night.
Here’s a detailed report on how we went then!
Taking the bus from Taipei to Jiufen
I decided to take the Keelung Bus Company’s “Jiufen-Jinguashi (Route No. 1062)” to Jiufen from near Exit 2 of the Zhongxiao Fuxing Station on the MRT (Taipei Metro) Nangang Line.
The bus departs Taipei around 14:00 and arrives at Jiufen around 15:30.
This bus departs from Taipei every 30 minutes, so you don’t need to make a reservation to get on.
Check in to your hotel
First, we went to the hotel where we would stay for the night and checked in.
Jiufen is more like a private residence, but the rooms are clean enough!
The interior design was cute, and I enjoyed spending time in the room.
Eating out in Jiufen
Unfortunately, it was raining quite a bit, but we decided to take a walk around Jiufen.
I was very satisfied with the famous peanut crepes and xiao long bao.
It was quite crowded, but Jiufen is fun because there are many stores you can wander into.
For dinner, we also had Taiwan’s famous rou-rou rice.
Looking forward to photographing the night view
I was most looking forward to taking pictures of the night scenery in Jiufen.
It was pretty tough with all the people, but I’m glad I got some pictures that are typical Jiufen!
It’s fantastic to see so many red lanterns lit up, isn’t it?
It was quite crowded until around 7:00 p.m., but after that, everyone seemed to head back to Taipei, making it easier to take pictures.
By around 8:00 p.m., we were able to photograph Jiufen, nearly empty of people!
After shooting this day, we headed back to the hotel.
Enjoying the fresh and clean Jiufen in the morning
After I woke up in the morning, I went back to Jiufen to take pictures.
Jiufen was quiet, a far cry from the crowds the day before.
The lit lanterns are wonderful, but the atmosphere in the morning has also become a favorite.
As we were taking pictures, the place became more and more crowded, and by around 9:00, groups of visitors began to arrive.
The quietest time to visit Jiufen in the morning is around 8:30.
Enjoying Taiwanese food
We decided to try “yuyuan” (potato dumplings made from taro) and Taiwanese noodles.
The food is really good in Taiwan, very satisfying!
After this, we checked out of the hotel and headed to the Cat Village.
Both Jiufen in the morning and at night are wonderful, so staying overnight is highly recommended.
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Places to visit in Jiufen
As mentioned in the article “The 8 Best Places to Visit in Taiwan”, there are several other places I would like to recommend in addition to Jiufen.
If you like cats, you must go to Cat village.
Would you like to play and relax in a cat-filled village? Just a short train ride from Ruifang, the nearest station to Jiufen, is a town called “Monkey Hill”.
It’s also known as the “Cat Village” because there are cats everywhere, and it’s one of the Three Great Cat Spots in Asia
There are several stylish cafes in cat village, especially HIDE & SEEK cafe, where the cute cat puffs (about 300 yen) in the shape of cats are a must when you visit cat village!
There are cats in all sorts of unexpected places, so look out for them!
For more information on the Cat Village, please see the following article.
A must-see for cat lovers! I’ve been to the Cat Village in Taiwan! How to get there and a list of recommended cafes
Take the Yilan Line of the Taiwan Railway and get off at the “Monkey Tract” stop. To get to the Cat Village, cross the cat bridge on the right side of the station building.
Let’s try the fantastic sky lantern flying in Shifen.
The famous scene in the Disney movie “Rapunzel on the Tower,” in which a lot of lights come to life, is modeled on the flying lanterns in Shifen, Taiwan.
Originally, people used to write their wishes on lanterns and fly them into the night sky during Chinese New Year, but now you can experience it all year round. The sky lanterns come in a variety of colors, each with a different meaning for the wish.
It would be more efficient to spend the morning in Sufu and the evening in Jiufen, but if you’re going to do that, come fly with us at night!
It takes 1.5 to 2 hours from Taipei Main Station. From Taipei Main Station, transfer to the Taiwan Railway Pingxi Line at Ruifang Station and get off at Shifen Station.
In this article, we’ve taken a closer look at Jiufen! As I mentioned, the streets are beautiful both day and night, so please take your time and visit! As you can see, the streets are wonderful both during the day and at night, so please take your time and visit!
Weekends are crowded, so if you can adjust your schedule, I recommend going on weekdays!
So take care.
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