8 Things To Do In Jiufen – Day Trip Guide To Taiwan’s Real-Life “Spirited Away” Mountain Town

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Things to do in Jiufen, Taiwan

Whether you consult a Taiwan local or fellow traveller who has visited the country, no list of things to do in Taipei is complete without a day trip to the nearby Jiufen. The idyllic mountain town is a perfect escape from hectic city life.

In this day trip guide, we’ve rounded up the best things to do and eat, plus affordable homestay options if the vibes enchant you so much that you decide to spend the night.

1. Stroll through the alleys of Jiufen Old Street

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See the site which is widely regarded as the inspo for Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, IRL. Be prepared to climb up many flights of stairs, since it is a mountain town. The terraced structure has plenty of rest stops though, so fret not about stamina issues. 

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