I’m sure many things come to mind, but you can enjoy them all in Taiwan!
I think there are a lot of people who don’t know what to do because there is so much information available in guidebooks and on the Internet.
For those who actually don’t have that much time and are wondering where to have the most fun, we have carefully selected the spots that you will definitely enjoy if you visit here based on the author’s actual experience of traveling in Taiwan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
If you have any doubts, just choose from here and you’ll be sure to have a great time!
- 2-1. Can’t miss it when sightseeing in Taiwan! The nostalgic atmosphere of Jiufen
- 2.Let’s try to make Rapunzel’s wish come true by flying a sky lantern!
- 3. A cat lover’s dream! Cat heaven full of cats! Its name is Nekomura!
- 4. If you want to enjoy Taiwanese gourmet food at a reasonable price, go to the night market!
- 5.Taipei 101, a popular tourist spot in Taiwan! Feel the wind on your skin at 400 meters above the ground in Asia’s tallest building
- 6. Danshuei, Taipei’s favorite waterfront
- 7.The National Palace Museum, where Chinese history and artifacts come together in one place
- 8. Foot Massage
- How to book a trip to Taiwan at a discount
2-1. Can’t miss it when sightseeing in Taiwan! The nostalgic atmosphere of Jiufen
Jiufen is a bit far from Taipei, but it’s worth a visit! What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word Taiwan? Is it the night markets? Food? Or perhaps art?
I think of Jiufen. This is the place that was used as a model for “Spirited Away” in Japan.
Jiufen has a nostalgic cityscape where time seems to have stopped, and today there are retro coffee shops, tea houses, and souvenir shops that make the most of the buildings and cityscape. (Reference: 7 Things to Do in Jiufen! How to get to the famous photo spots even if it’s your first time)
Aside from the beauty of the nostalgic cityscape, the view from the hill at dusk, looking down at the cityscape lit by red lanterns and the setting sun, is nostalgic and moving beyond words.
It is fun to stroll along the retro cityscape, but it is also a pleasure to browse through the many souvenir shops and general stores that sell small items in the city.
・The old scenery is still intact, and you can take a stroll through the retro streets.
・Just looking at the souvenir stores and general stores is fun.
・It is said to be the model for the first scene of “Spirited Away”.
・The streets are very beautiful with red lanterns shining brightly
・The sunset seen from the top of the hill is a must-see.
Recommended for the following people
・People who want to be enveloped in a nostalgic atmosphere.
・Want to take a stroll through the retro cityscape
・Want to enjoy the scenery, food, and more.
For more information about Jiufen, please refer to the following article.
Reference: 7 sightseeing tips for Jiufen! How to get to the famous photo spots even if it’s your first time!
The closest station is Ruifang. From Taipei Railway Station, take a train bound for Hualien or Taitung, which takes 40-60 minutes.
From Ruifang Station, take the bus bound for Jinguashi via Jiufen, and arrive at the Jiou Doukou bus stop in about 15 to 20 minutes. The Jiufen stroll starts at the street called “Jiushan Street” which spreads out from the 7-Eleven.
For those who don’t like to take the train, there are also buses available from within Taipei City, from the MRT (Taipei Main Line) Nangang Line Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, near Exit 1, to Keelung Bus Company’s Jiufen and Jinguashih buses, which leave every 30 minutes.
The journey takes about 60 to 80 minutes. Although it takes longer, it is easier than taking the train because there is no need to change trains. The bus stop is the same as the one mentioned above, “Jiou Doukou”.
2.Let’s try to make Rapunzel’s wish come true by flying a sky lantern!
The famous scene in the Disney movie “Rapunzel” where a lot of lights come to life is modeled after the lantern flying in Juhn, Taiwan.
Originally, people used to write their wishes on lanterns and fly them into the night sky every Chinese New Year. But don’t worry! It has become so popular that you can now experience it all year round. The sky lanterns come in a variety of colors, and each has a different meaning for wishes.
Wouldn’t you like to make your wish come true by flying a sky lantern like Rapunzel?
Shifen is a small city, but there are stylish cafes and you can spend half a day there! (Reference: I tried to raise a lantern in Shifen, Taiwan! (See also: How to get to Jiufen from Taipei, and a summary of opening hours)
・Modeled after a famous movie scene.
・You can actually experience it.
・The festival is still held during Chinese New Year. You can actually experience it.
・It’s fun just to see the stores along the side of the railroad tracks.
・Close to Jiufen and cat village.
Recommended for people like this
・People who want to see fantastic scenery.
・I love Rapunzel.
・I want to make a wish come true like Rapunzel.
・I don’t know Rapunzel, but I want to try it because it looks interesting.
・I have a wish that I really want to come true.
It takes 1.5 to 2 hours from Taipei Main Station. If you want to make a wish, you can take the Pingxi Line at Ruifang Station and get off at Shifen Station.
★I compared travel agencies and found HIS to be the cheapest. The cheapest one I found was HIS, starting at $198 for a 4-day itinerary including airfare and hotel.
3. A cat lover’s dream! Cat heaven full of cats! Its name is Nekomura!
After flying the sky lanterns in Shifen, why don’t you go to a village full of cats to play and relax?
It’s just a short train ride from Ruifang, the closest station to Jiufen, in a town called “Monkey Hill”. It is also known as the “Cat Village”.
Cats laze around in cafes♪
It is also known as one of the “Three Great Cat Spots in Asia” and is called the Cat Village because there are cats everywhere in the city. (Reference: I visited Taiwan’s cat village, Monkey temple!
Cats can be found in various places such as cafes, souvenir stores, and on the streets. Let the many cats heal you!
・The city has been selected as one of the top three cat spots in Asia.
・The city is full of cats!
・Many cat goods available.
・Easy access from Jiufen and Shifen.
Recommended for people like this
・I like cats more than dogs.
・Want to be healed.
Take the Taiwan Railway Yilan Line from Taipei Main Station to the Monkey Pond Station. Take the Taiwan Railway Yilan Line and get off at the “Monkey Grottoes” station. To get to the Cat Village, cross the cat bridge directly connected to the station.
4. If you want to enjoy Taiwanese gourmet food at a reasonable price, go to the night market!
There are various night markets in Taipei, each with its own characteristics, so be sure to find your favorite one.
Recommended night markets
・Shilin Night Market: For those who are concerned about hygiene and want to eat in a clean place.
・Shilin Night Market: If you are worried about hygiene and want to eat in a clean place, this is the place for you.
・South Kiba Night Market: You can enjoy the most Taiwanese atmosphere at this night market. Only a few Japanese people.
Each has its own goodness. Details of each night market are described below!
The standard menu
・Oysters Omelet: A Taiwanese style oyster omelet. An omelet made by adding finely chopped cabbage and other ingredients to roasted oysters, and then filling it with eggs and potato flour.
・Ru-Ro-Han: A rice bowl in which pork belly is simmered in a sweet and spicy broth of soy sauce, sake, and sugar, and then poured over a bed of white rice.
・Tian bu la: Introduced from Japan, this is what is called satsuma-age. It is eaten with a sweet and spicy red sauce.
・Stinky Tofu (just tofu): Fermented tofu. It can be prepared in a variety of ways, including deep fried, steamed, or grilled on skewers. The smell is strong during cooking, but not so strong when eating.
freshly squeezed juice
If you feel thirsty after all the eating, how about a fresh juice? Juice stands lined with fresh fruits and juicers working noisily attract passersby.
After overeating at the food stalls, why not let the natural sweetness of the fruit soothe you?
Desserts in Taiwan
・Taro balls: Taro balls are dumplings made from taro, sweet potato and potato flour, and served in a slightly gingery soup, a popular dessert in Taiwan. In some restaurants, tofu is also added. The soup is usually served hot, but sometimes it is served cold, with shaved ice without syrup (just like in the picture).
・Aiyu : A yellow jelly-like dessert hardened with polysaccharides extracted from a plant called aiyu. It is delicious cold when eaten with ice, syrup, or lemon juice.
Whether you have tasted it in Japan or not, you should definitely try the authentic Taiwanese tapioca tea.
Shilin Night Market
Is it just me, or do night markets and food stalls give off a slightly unsanitary image? But don’t worry! The Shilin Night Market, famous even in Japan, was reborn as a clean and hygienic night market a few years ago!
The basic style of the market is to eat as you walk around, but some of the stores have multiple menus and seats, so you can sit down and enjoy your meal.
There is also a general store on the ground floor, and it is fun to look for souvenirs that can only be found here. There are also coin lockers, so you can leave your valuables and large luggage there and enjoy the night market in comfort.
・The night market is so famous that it can be called the Shilin Night Market.
・It’s clean because it’s been renovated.
・Coin lockers are available, so you can go around with peace of mind.
Recommended for the following people
・The most famous night markets are the safest.
・People who are concerned about the hygiene of other night markets.
・You have a lot of luggage.
・Want to find some souvenirs.
Night Market Information
・Opening hours: Mon-Thu 15:00-24:00, Fri-Sun 11:30am-1:00am
・Closed: around Chinese New Year (varies by store)
・Japanese: Basically not available (a little depending on the store)
・Other information: Some restaurants have Japanese menus.
・Access: 5-minute walk from MRT Jiantan Station. Access: 5-minute walk from Jiantan MRT Station, get off at the station and walk straight down Kihe Road.
Tong Hua Street Night Market (Linjiang Street Tourist Night Market)
If you look up, you’ll see Taipei 101 towering nearby on Tonghua Street. With foreign offices and luxury hotels nearby, it’s hard to believe that there is a night market so close by, but just a short walk away, you can enjoy the local atmosphere of deep Taiwan.
After a long day of playing in the trendy Xinyi area, why not relax at the Tonghua Street Night Market, where you can drop by in your normal clothes?
・It is located in the middle of the city.
・A variety of stores.
Recommended for people like you
・People who have a hotel near Taipei 101
・Have fun in this area until the last minute
・Want to look for accessories.
Night Market Information
・Opening hours: 17:00 – midnight
・Closed: Open all year round
・Japanese: Not available
・Access: Take the MRT to Xin-Yi-An-Ho Station and get off at Exit 4. Walk in the direction of Taipei 101 and turn right at Tong Hua Street. Turn right at Tong Hua St. Walk for a while and you will see the night market on your left.
Nanjijian Night Market
This night market is so full of downtown atmosphere that you won’t believe you’re in Taipei. Once you’ve experienced it, you may not be able to get enough of it at other night markets. It is a night market with such a high rate of gourmet food that you may not be able to get enough at other night markets.
・Not many tourists come here.
・It is located in the downtown area, so you can fully enjoy the atmosphere of Taiwan.
Recommended for the following people!
・People who want to experience more of Taiwan
・Want to go to places where others have not been
Night Market Information
・Opening hours: 12:00 am – 1:00 am
・Closed: Open all year round
・From Longshan Temple MRT Station or Ximending MRT Station, head south on the second section of Zhonghua Road, turn left at Street 307, and walk a short distance until you see the neon sign at the entrance on your right (in front of Zhong Yi Guo Xiao). The night market is located in the alley between China Road Section 2 and Huian Street. Since it is located in the suburbs, it is recommended to take a cab from the above stations. Buses 12, 30, 204, 223, 281, etc. will take you to the South Kiba Ferry Station.
5.Taipei 101, a popular tourist spot in Taiwan! Feel the wind on your skin at 400 meters above the ground in Asia’s tallest building
Its height is a whopping 509m! The tallest building in Japan, Abeno Harukas, is 300 meters, so you can see how tall it is!
By the way, why the name “Taipei 101”? By the way, why is it called Taipei 101? It’s because it has 101 floors! For those of us living in Japan, it’s hard to imagine how many floors there are…
Incidentally, every year in May, a race called the Taipei 101 International Climbing Race is held, in which participants run up the stairs from the first floor to the 91st floor where the observation deck is located.
There are 2,046 steps, and if you’re confident in your physical strength, why not take part (as much as I’d love to cover this event, I don’t have the strength! )
When I think of Taipei 101, the first thing that comes to mind is the observation deck on the upper floors, but I also recommend the shopping mall and food court on the lower floors. The shopping mall is located from the first basement floor to the sixth floor above ground.
91st Floor Outdoor Observation Deck!
On this floor, you can go outside at a height of 400 meters above the ground! In Japan, it is unlikely that you will be able to experience an outdoor space this high in the city (higher than any building in Japan), so be sure to experience the air that you can’t experience in Japan!
89th Floor Indoor Observatory
The glass-walled observation floor is located 382m above ground. Inside, there are souvenir and memorabilia shops, cafes, and more. Aside from the view from this height, a hidden recommendation here is the world’s tallest mailbox. Sending a letter to Japan from here is also a great way to commemorate the event.
As you would expect from a building that boasts the highest post box in East Asia, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Taipei City. From the entrance on the 5th floor, you can take the fastest elevator in the world (made in Japan!). From the entrance on the fifth floor, we took the fastest elevator in the world (made in Japan!).
Floors 1-5, Shipping Floor
On these floors, you will find a variety of stores, from the world’s top brands such as LOUIS VUITTON, PRADA, and Dior, which are well-known in Japan, to the Taiwanese cosmetic brand Citta by Roger, and Massino DUtti, which has not yet landed in Japan but is an upper brand of ZARA.
If you’re a shopaholic, you might find it hard to stop looking!
The highlight of this floor is the food court with its shining chandeliers. It’s somewhat out of place in a reasonably priced food court, but it’s a classy establishment worthy of Taipei’s landmark, 101!
There are over 30 restaurants here, ranging from Taiwanese cuisine such as beef noodles, hot pot, and night market to pasta, Indian curry, Korean food, Hong Kong teahouses, conveyor belt sushi, ramen, Japanese food, fast food, drinks, and dessert stores, with a total of 900 seats! Although it gets crowded during meal times, it’s nice to know that even if you come in a group, you can each eat what you like. It gets crowded at meal times, but it’s nice to be able to come in a group and eat whatever you want. There are also regular restaurants where you can relax in a seat inside the store.
Also, there’s a whole host of other stores on this floor!
★ I compared travel agencies, and HIS was the cheapest one. I compared travel agencies, and the cheapest one I found was HIS, with prices starting at $198 for a four-day itinerary including airfare and hotel.
・Taipei 101 Gift Shop.
This is a store where you can buy postcards, original character goods, etc. without going to the observatory.
A pack sheet brand from Taiwan. Some contain fruit ingredients such as mango and orange, while others contain Chinese herbs. Affordable prices are also great! You can use it yourself or take it as a souvenir! Would you like one?
This is not a store, but it is an important place. Here you can get not only information, but also tax-free procedures, foreign currency exchange, and interpretation services! If you have any problems, please try to use this place!
There is also a souvenir corner and a general store, so if you are ever in Taipei 101, be sure to pay them a visit!
・The largest building in Asia and the second largest in the world.
・The fastest elevator in the world.
・The night view from here is even better!
・A variety of brand-name goods and cosmetics, and many brand-name stores not found in Japan
Recommended for people like you
・Want to see the second tallest building in the world.
・Want to feel the wind that cannot be experienced in Japan
・Want to enjoy the night view
・Want to shop for brand-name goods and cosmetics
・Want to buy brand-name products that have not yet landed in Japan.
・Want to enjoy a variety of foods at once.
Taibei 101 Information
・Opening hours: (Sun-Thu) 11:00 – 21:30, (Fri-Sat-Holidays) 11:00 – 22:00
・Credit card: Accepted (depending on the store)
・Japanese: Some stores accept Japanese.
・Observation deck fee: NT$500 for adults, NT$1000 for fast pass, NT$450 for students, free for children under 115cm tall
・Access: MRT Taipei 101 / World Trade Center Station Exit 4. Directly connected to the station, right in front of the exit.
・Other information: For tax refund procedures, please contact the information desk at B1 after asking at each store.
6. Danshuei, Taipei’s favorite waterfront
Danshui is also popular among local Taipeiites, and is like Japan’s Yamashita Park, a place where families, couples, and friends can all enjoy themselves.
・Close proximity to the ocean and fantastic sunsets.
・An easily accessible date spot.
・A place that is loved by everyone from locals to tourists.
Recommended for people like this
・Want to take a break by the water
・Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city
・Want to have a date with your girlfriend in a calm place
Get off at Danshui Station, the last stop on the Danshui Line of the MRT (Taipei Metro). You’ll see the Danshui Square right in front of the station. It is crowded with people from Taipei children to tourists. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but there are also many food stalls lining the street, making it a fun place to just walk around.
7.The National Palace Museum, where Chinese history and artifacts come together in one place
Closely related to the evolution of modern Chinese society, the National Palace Museum is truly a compilation of Chinese art and culture.
It is a must-see for those who love Chinese history and art, but on the other hand, for those who are not interested in it, the place is a bit lacking (the author went there with the intention of seeing it as long as he was in Taiwan, but he actually didn’t enjoy it much due to his lack of knowledge about art works).
The location is also a bit far from the center of Taipei, so I think it would be better to go there when you have more time to spare.
・Many treasures from China’s past dynasties are on display.
・A compilation of Chinese history.
・A place that is always mentioned in guidebooks.
Recommended for people like you
・People who are interested in Chinese history and art, including the Three Kingdoms.
・Want to learn about Chinese history.
・Want to learn about the history of China ・Want to go to places that seem to be tourist attractions in Taiwan
National Palace Museum Information
・Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, but closes at 5:30 p.m. from November to March)
・Ticket sales hours: 8:20 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (8:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)
・Closing days: Open all year round
・Admission: NT$250 for adults, NT$150 for students (international student ID required)
It takes about 15 minutes by car from Shilin MRT station. From Shilin MRT Station, take a 15-minute drive to the museum, or take a cab for NT$100, or take any of the following buses at Shilin Station: 255, 304, Red 30, Xiao 18, or Xiao 19 (NT$15) and get off at “National Palace Museum”.
If you want to take a cab from the Museum, ask for one at the information counter on the B1 floor, and it will come right to the exit. The fare to the city center is about NT$200.
8. Foot Massage
Did you know that this foot massage actually originated in Taiwan? (There are various theories.)
It is said to have started in the 1970s, when a Swiss priest who was living in Taiwan at the time was cured of rheumatism by pressing his own feet.
The history of foot massages is surprisingly shorter than you might think, but why not go there to heal your travel fatigue? The reason why I recommend foot massages in Taiwan is because it is the home of foot massages, but more importantly, the prices are more reasonable than in Japan! Depending on the store, you can get a 30-minute massage for as little as 500 yuan (about $15).
If you walk the streets of Taipei, you will find stores everywhere. Most stores have Japanese-speaking staff and Japanese menus, so there is no need to worry if you are worried about your language skills.
On your last night in Taiwan, why don’t you heal your tired body with a cry of “Ouch! Why don’t you heal your body with a cry of Ouch!
How to book a trip to Taiwan at a discount
For tours, HIS is by far the cheapest
I compared several travel agencies, and HIS is by far the cheapest for Taiwan travel.
I found a four-day tour that includes airfare (including surcharges), hotel, and meals, and takes you to Jiufen and Jiuquan for as little as $300.
A four-day tour to Jioumin and Suquan with airfare (including surcharges), hotel, and meals starts at $300. This is an easy and affordable tour because it takes you to both Jioumin and Suquan where you can raise lanterns by bus.
Here’s a site where you can book at a great price! Recommended sites for individual bookings
If you can’t find a tour that fits your schedule, we recommend that you book your flights and hotels privately instead of using a travel agency.
We have always used the following sites to arrange our flights and hotels. We always use the following sites to arrange our flights and hotels, as they are all reliable.
The one we use most often is “Expedia“. It’s like an international version of Rakuten Travel.
It claims to be the world’s largest comprehensive online travel company and allows you to book airline tickets and hotels around the world.
It has a solid Japanese-language site and Japanese-speaking customer support, so you don’t have to worry in case something goes wrong.
The site also features free members-only sales, discounts for booking hotels and flights together, and many other great deals.
Check out Expedia and see how much you can save on flights and hotels.
booking.com is the world’s largest accommodation website.
You cannot book airline tickets, only hotels, but it has the largest number of hotels listed in the world. .
It also has a large number of reviews, which can help you choose a hotel.
You can book a hotel at a very reasonable price because they have limited sales every day.
What do you think? Doesn’t it make you want to go to Taiwan? As for me, I’ve been wanting to go to Taiwan since I was writing this article!
In this article, I’ve introduced some recommended spots that can be visited on a day trip, mainly in Taipei. There are still too many great places to visit in Taiwan to mention here! There are also places in central and southern Taiwan that I would like to recommend that are just as attractive as those around Taipei, so I will be writing about them in the future.
Have a great trip!
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