If you have a few days to spare, I would recommend going for four days and three nights.
This is because there is little time for sightseeing on the first or last day, and the famous sightseeing spots “Jiufen” and “Jiu” are surprisingly far away.
In this article, we explain the recommended number of days to travel in Taiwan, the points to keep in mind when deciding on the number of days, and the schedule we actually followed.
Of course, you can also go for three days and two nights, so I’ve even introduced the recommended way to spend two nights for those who are staying two nights. Please refer to it for reference.
Taiwan has a lot of fun places to visit, so my recommendation is three nights or more!
- How many days do I need for a trip to Taiwan? The royal road is 2 nights or 3 nights. Our recommendation is 3 nights!
- Three points to keep in mind when deciding on the number of days to travel to Taiwan
- For those who are wondering whether to stay 2 or 3 nights
- What kind of places can you visit in a 3-night trip to Taiwan? Revealing the actual schedule
- Is Taiwan safe from coronavirus?
- How to book a trip to Taiwan at a discount
- Summary: 3 nights is the best time to visit Taiwan if you can afford it.
How many days do I need for a trip to Taiwan? The royal road is 2 nights or 3 nights. Our recommendation is 3 nights!
The number of days for a trip to Taiwan is usually two or three nights or more.
However, the length of your stay will depend on the time of your flight, so three nights or more is recommended.
For 3 days and 2 nights, the sightseeing time is shorter than you imagine
If you are going to Taiwan for 3 days and 2 nights, you will only have a little over a day to do some sightseeing.
If you fly from Tokyo in the morning…
→If your flight from Tokyo is in the morning, you won’t be able to go to the center of Taipei until the evening.
If your return flight is in the afternoon…
→If you take your time in the morning, you will have to go to the airport right away.
That’s why in a 3-day/2-night stay, you only have a little over a day to explore.
So, with 3 days and 2 nights, you really only have a little more than one day for sightseeing.
Three points to keep in mind when deciding on the number of days to travel to Taiwan
1. The amount of time you can spend sightseeing depends on your flight time
When traveling in Taiwan, the time you can visit varies depending on what time you take the plane. The time you can spend sightseeing will vary depending on what time you fly in.
If you leave Narita at 7 a.m., you can do sightseeing in the afternoon of the first day
If you leave Japan early in the morning, such as at 7:00 a.m., you can arrive in Taiwan at 10:00 a.m.
That way, you can spend the entire afternoon of the first day sightseeing, right?
If you leave Japan at 11:00 a.m., you can’t go sightseeing that day
If you leave Japan at 11am, you will arrive in Taiwan at 2pm.
If you are moving around in Taipei, it will be dark before you know it and the tourist attractions will be closed.
Also, if your return flight departs after noon, you will not be able to do much sightseeing on your last day.
2. LCC airports are far from the center of Taipei
Taipei has two airports, but if you want to go to Taipei by LCC, you have to use the Taoyuan airport, which is far from the center of the city.
It takes 1.5 hours from Taoyuan Airport to the city
Many people are planning to go to Taiwan by LCC such as Vanilla Air or Peach.
If you want to go to Taiwan by LCC, you have to use Taoyuan Airport (Taoyuan), which is far from the city like Narita Airport in Japan.
To get to the center of Taipei from Taoyuan Airport, it takes about an hour to an hour and a half even if you take the express train.
And the Taoyuan Airport gets really crowded in the evening.
The arrival time of LCC planes seems to clash…
It took us more than two hours to get our luggage and go through the immigration process too.
LCCs are not allowed in Songshan Airport in the city
There is also a “Songshan Airport” in the city of Taipei, but unfortunately, there are no LCC flights to or from the airport.
If you want to go by LCC, it will take longer than you imagine to get into the city.
We arrived at Taoyuan Airport a little after midnight, and had to wait in a long line for over an hour for immigration procedures.
We headed to the hotel from the airport and were able to check in at a hotel in central Taipei around 5pm.
Please note that even if you leave Tokyo in the morning, you won’t be able to get to the center of Taipei until the evening.
3. Jiufen, the model for Spirited Away, is two hours away from Taipei
When you go to Taiwan, you may want to go to Jiufen, which is said to be the place where Spirited Away took place, or to Shifen, where you can raise lanterns.
Both Jiufen and Shifen are about an hour and a half to two hours away from the center of Taipei. .
If you want to go to both of them, it will take you a whole day, and Jiufen alone will take half a day.
So, if you want to visit Jiufen and Shifen in two nights, your schedule will become tighter.
If you are staying two nights, you may want to take a tour to get around more efficiently
If you really want to go for 3 days and 2 nights, I think you can take a tour to get around more efficiently.
If you want to go to Taiwan by tour, HISis the cheapest.
I compared travel agencies, and the cheapest one was HIS.
A 3-day/2-night itinerary with airfare and hotel starts at $198. (fuel surcharge included).
For those who are wondering whether to stay 2 or 3 nights
If you are in the center of Taipei, you can stay 2 nights to see the sights
If you are in the center of Taipei, you can spend two nights sightseeing.
Taipei has a convenient train system, so you can use the train for smooth sightseeing.
If you want to visit both Jiufen and Jiuquan, three nights is better
Jiufen and Shifen are very popular tourist destinations among Japanese people.
Jiufen is said to be the model for “Spirited Away”.
・Experience the lantern raising at “Shifen”.
However, Jiufen and Shifen are about an hour and a half away from Taipei, and both take a full day to get to.
If you want to go to both places, it is recommended to go for 4 days and 3 nights. If you only want to go to Jiufen, you can do it in half a day.
HIS has tours that will take you to Jiufen and Shifen, so check them out if you want an easy trip.
Recommended plan if you want to go to Jiufen for 2 nights
Day 1: Leave Tokyo early in the morning and arrive in Taipei in the morning
・Arrive in Taipei and have lunch.
・In the afternoon, go to Danshuei where the scenery is beautiful.
・In the evening, go to the night market and eat at a street stall.
Day 2: Taipei 101 and Jiufen
・Visit Taipei 101 in the morning.
・After lunch, take the bus to Jiufen (about 1.5 hours to Jiufen).
・Arrive at Jiufen around 3pm.
・Stroll around Jiufen and enjoy the night view before returning to Taipei.
Day 3: Taipei sightseeing, head to the airport in the evening to return to Japan
・In the morning, go to the National Palace Museum or Dihua Street for shopping.
・Have lunch and buy some souvenirs at the supermarket.
・Go to the airport in the evening to return to Japan.
This model course assumes that you will take an early morning flight, such as 7:00 a.m. from Narita.
If you don’t mind being at the airport late at night, or if you can drive to the airport, you can take an early morning flight and stay there for two nights.
If you leave Japan later than early morning, it will be a little tough to do sightseeing in the light hours of the first day.
Recommended plan for a 3-night trip to Jiufen and Sufu
Day 1: Leave Japan in the morning and go to Taipei in the afternoon
After arriving in Taipei, we left our luggage at the hotel and went to the night market.
It will probably be evening before you can get out to the center of Taipei, so I recommend taking a leisurely stroll around the night market on the day you arrive.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Shifen and Jiufen
On the second day, we will go to Shifen and Jiufen. Both Shifen and Jiufen are far from the center of Taipei, but they are both close by, so it is more efficient to visit them together.
Day 3: Visit Taipei 101 and go shopping at Dihua Street
On the third day, we will visit Taipei 101 in the morning and Dihua Street in the afternoon for shopping and souvenirs.
Day 4: Visit the National Palace Museum or renovated fashionable facilities
On the fourth day, you can go to the National Palace Museum, which is famous for its Chinese cabbage.
If you are not interested in Chinese cabbage, there are many stylish facilities renovated from old buildings, so I recommend spending time like that.
We went to “Kazan 1914”.
The schedule of our 3-night, 4-day trip to Taipei is also included in the second half of this article.
What kind of places can you visit in a 3-night trip to Taiwan? Revealing the actual schedule
What kind of places can you actually visit in a 3-night trip to Taipei? So I’m showing you the schedule we actually followed.
|Day 1||Shopping and Shilin Night Market in the evening|
|Day 2||Taipei sightseeing in the morning, go to Jiufen in the afternoon and stay overnight|
|Day 3||From Jiufen to cat-village and Shifen|
|Day 4||Taipei sightseeing in the morning only|
To be honest, it was quite a hard schedule since we were in the center of Taipei for a short time and had to move around.
If you want to take your time and do some sightseeing, it would be better to stay longer or move around less.
Day 1: Take the 9:00 a.m. flight and go sightseeing in Taipei
|9:00||Departure from Narita|
|12:15||Arrive at Taoyuan Airport|
|14:00||The airport was so crowded that we had to wait in line for immigration for an hour and a half. After entering the country, we had a quick lunch.|
|15:00||Take the train to the center of Taipei.|
|16:00||Heading to the hotel from the center of Taipei|
|16:30||Check in at the hotel.|
|17:00||Drop your luggage and go sightseeing.|
|18:00||Buy Taiwanese cosmetics at Seipin Bookstore|
|19:00||I took a break and had a smoothie at Cafe Meet up.|
|20:00||Eating Taiwanese food at Shilin Night Market|
Day 2: Buy groceries at Dihua Street and go to Jiufen.
|9:00||Go to Dihua Street, a famous wholesaler’s street, to find general merchandise.|
|11:00||Drinking Taiwanese tea at ASW cafe in Dihua Street.|
|12:30||Take the bus to Jiufen|
|15:00||Arriving at Jiufen|
|15:30||Check in to your hotel in Jiufen.|
|16:00||Stroll in Jiufen|
|17:00||Rest at the hotel|
|18:30||Night dinner and night view photography|
|20:00||Back to the hotel.|
▼ Dihua Street, with its sundries and cute cafes, is summarized in the following article.
Day 3: From Jiufen to cat-village and Shifen
|10:00||Take a stroll around Jiufen and eat taro and noodles|
|12:00||Take a bus from Jiufen to the nearest train station.|
|13:00||Move to the Cat Village for a walk.|
|15:00||Move to Shifen|
|15:30||Arriving at Shifen, strolling and raising lanterns|
|17:00||Dinner at Shifen|
|18:30||From Shifen to Taipei|
|20:00||Returned to Taipei and walked around the supermarket.|
▼ Click here for detailed tourist information on Jiufen.
▼ Click here for detailed tourist information on Shifen.
Day 4: Sightseeing in Taipei in the morning and fly to Japan at 5pm.
|10:00||Kazan 1914, an art facility in a renovated factory|
|13:00||Buy souvenirs at Carrefour.|
|14:00||Take the train from Taipei Main Station to the airport|
|14:36||Arrive at Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1 Station|
|16:55||Departure from Taoyuan Airport|
|21:00||Arrival at Narita|
More details can be found in my travelogue.
Is Taiwan safe from coronavirus?
Added on February 9, 2020.
There are some people who are thinking of traveling to Taiwan and are worried about coronavirus.
Compared to other neighboring countries, the number of people infected in Taiwan is small, and it is hard to imagine that there is a big risk at this stage.
Ultimately, it is up to you to make your own decision, but since Taiwan seems to have thorough anti-virus measures in place, we think there is no need to be overly concerned.
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, hotel, and meals and takes you to Jiufen and Sufu for as low as $300
This is an easy and affordable tour because it takes you by bus to both Jiufen and Sufu where you can raise lanterns.
Here’s a site where you can book at a discount! Recommended sites for individual bookings
If you want to travel to Taiwan at a reasonable price, I recommend you to get your flight tickets and hotel by yourself 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 sites.
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.
For example, if you book a flight and hotel together, you can get a discount.
If you want to save money on your trip to Taiwan, take a look at the following pages.
Summary: 3 nights is the best time to visit Taiwan if you can afford it.
- If you want to visit both Jiufen and Jiuquan, 3 nights or more is recommended
- If you only want to go to Jiufen, you can spend half a day out of 3 days and 2 nights
- If you go to Taipei by LCC, it will take longer to get to the city center
So, try to decide the number of days you want to travel to Taiwan.
・Search for cheap flights and hotels to Taiwan on [Expedia]
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