Jiufen, Taiwan: The Real-life Spirited Away Town
Jiufen Old Street, a once mining town, has been transformed into one of the most-visited destinations in Taiwan. Prepare to be amazed by the winding mountain streets, quaint alleyways, and good food!
Since Taiwan has one of most reliable public transportation system, anyone can get to Jiufen from Taipei by various modes of transportation, both public and private. We highly recommend doing a DIY trip when visiting Jiufen because it’s easy and you will have free time to roam around.
How to get to Jiufen
- Head to Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station (either brown or blue line).
- Take Exit 2.
- Walk towards right side and find the bus station.
- Take Bus #1062 (usually with signage that says Jinguashin).
Journey Freaks’ Note: You can use Google to know the time interval for this specific bus number. Each bus ticket costs around NT$100. The trip will be around 40mins to 1 hour
You will know that you’re Jiufen when majority of the people alight from the bus or sometimes the driver will say “Jiufen”. After alighting, you just need to walk towards the 7-eleven, this is where you can find a small alleyway leading you to Jiufen Old Street.
Jiufen Old Street can be chaotic but in a beautiful way, expect a crowd whenever you visit because this place is one of Taiwan’s most visited landmark!
Know before you visit Jiufen Old Street:
- Expect to walk a lot when in Jiufen, in fact, our feet hurted so bad after 3-4 hours exploring this place.
- Prepare to indulge yourself with Taiwanese food and goodies! Also, allot a budget because this quaint town offers a ton of snack and Taiwanese specialties, perfect as giveaways to your friends and family.
- Majority of the stalls here in Jiufen offer free tasting of their goodies.
- Don’t leave this place without trying/buying Taiwanese tea!
Must-eat when in Jiufen:
Ice cream peanut roll – Don’t miss this tasty treat! It might be weird to think that combining ice cream, sweetened peanut shavings and coriander but we promise you this one’s worth of buying! This treat will make your palate dance!
Tea eggs – Although you can buy this type of egg anywhere in Taiwan, we think that it is an experience to eat it in the beautiful streets of Jiufen.
Dorayaki – One of our favorite snacks! Although this one is a Japanese treat, we can say that Taiwanese people make it really tasty!
Nougat – There are tons of flavor to choose from for your nougat. Vendors in Jiufen allow free tasting and from there you get to decide which flavor(s) you like best.
Curry fish balls – Always go for the spicy one, worth it!
Xia Long Bao and other Taiwanese food
Mochi – We definitely fell in love with Taiwanese mochi! Not too sweet, not too sticky, the flavors are not overpowering.
Taiwanese meat balls – Although we didn’t try this we saw that a lot of locals eat this.
After spending some time and exploring this beautiful place, you can add in Raohe Night Market as the next destination into your itinerary. Bus 1062 passes by the area of Raohe Night Market, you will just walk around 3 minutes to get into the main night market.