Jiufen: The Real Life Sense of ‘Spirited Away’


Jiufen Day Tour

Jiufen – shopping, eating, great views of mountains, ocean meeting and what not!

Hair flaunting outside the window, feet pressed on the floor, and music on the go, it was clear that this journey would be a spirited away. Jiufen, the so-called famous village pictured in the Japanese animation film “Spirited Away,” is no less than a dream.

About Jiufen

Jiufen Old Street
Jiufen Old Street (Photo credit: Edison Tours)

“Thousands to take part, thousands to see” is used to describe the mountain village of Jiufen. Jiufen, a historic gold mining village, is located in the mountains in northeast of Taipei, Ruifang District. The district is a part of New Taipei City in Southeast Asia’s small country, Taiwan, with no shortage of incredible sights for explorers and travelers.

Turquoise seas and magnificent mountains embody the village’s old-style buildings and nostalgic atmosphere.

The village’s gold rush peaked during Japanese colonization and subsequently decreased during World War II, and ultimately closed in 1971. This resulted in the Jiufen’s fortunes plummeting.

The power of cinema, however, preserved it from extinction annihilation. First, A City of Sadness was a significant success in 1989. It was set in Jiufen and featured the story of a family caught up in the February 28 incident, which resulted in the killing of thousands of people. The film’s success and its nostalgic representation of Jiufen resulted in a tourism boom.

A City of Sadness scene in Jiufen
“A City of Sadness” was filmed in Jiufen (Photo credit: Edison Tours)

With the debut of the anime masterpiece Spirited Away in 2001, the village’s fame soared even further. The streets in the film picture the small and narrow alleys, steep stairs, and densely packed buildings.

The beautiful hills, high-hanging red lanterns, and Japanese-style Amei Tea House setting reminds travelers of scenes from the animated feature “Spirited Away” by Hayao Miyazaki.

Places to See in Jiufen

Jiufen Village
Jiufen Village (Photo credit: Edison Tours)

If you have a short trip to Taiwan, you definitely need a day excursion from Taipei to take you to some of the most incredible spots to visit nearby. Exotic ocean side stones, formations of Golden Waterfall, the everlasting charm of Jiufen Old Street, and historically enriched Jiufen Village were all on our radar. Moreover, if you are a Spirited Away fan, you should not miss these spots.

Edison Tours’ package eased the bother of traveling from one destination to the next; hence, it’s ideal for people who want the extra convenience and great for those who might be pressed on time while exploring Taiwan.

Jiufen Old Street

Jiufen Old Street
Jiufen Old Street (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Jiufen Old Street is a vibrant market that remains open all day and night on Taiwan’s northern coast. It’s also known as “Dark Street” since it’s so packed that the sun’s rays rarely reach its surface. People come to Jiufen to see the historic Jiufen Old Street.

You can walk towards the top of the village and returned in about 30 minutes, although most people stayed for some shopping and photo-snapping for a couple of hours.

The old street is linked to the village’s other streets further up the hillside via steep and narrow staircases. It highly recommends visiting here in spring. The cherry blossoms were all in bloom, the sun was shining, and the weather was pleasant.

Mount Jilong

It is also known as Mount Keelung and is the shortest trail near Jiufen Old Street. When you start hiking, it takes you an hour to walk the path of stone steps to reach the mountaintop.

It feels like it was in another universe as you stood on the peak and enjoyed stunning coastal and mountain views. Even if the clouds were dense and the skies were cloudy, this is the hike you can never miss while visiting Jiufen.

Golden Waterfall

Golden Waterfall
Golden Waterfall (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Go downhill on the twisty County Highway towards the seaside; you will cross a magnificent waterfall, with crystal-clear water. Because of the constant rains in this mining area and heavy metal elements deposited in the riverbed, the water flows over a golden-brown streambed and rocks, producing a spectacular landscape.The natural beauty of this location will make it your favorite photographic spot.

Amei Teahouse

Amei Teahouse
Amei Teahouse (Photo credit: Edison Tours)

If you were blown away by Spirited Away’s beautiful artwork, you would love Amei Teahouse. Amei Teahouse is surrounded by a long line of tea houses and beautiful architecture.

Make sure you arrive early. It’s more likely to find a seat in Amei Teahouse. Otherwise, according to word of mouth, it is incredibly crowded in the morning and evening, with long waiting queues.

You’ll be delighted by the delicious, heavenly food and get a great view of the top floor while drinking tea. But you’ll be sent to the second floor if you come for a drink or dessert.

Edison Tours – Have a Safe Journey

When you decide to travel with us, keep in mind that we always prioritize your safety. With Edison Tours, people chose Jiufen tour packages even during the pandemic.

Moreover, no matter where you are from, get outstanding consulting services in many different languages to ensure your hassle-free journey in Taiwan. We have received the Safe Travels Stamp and Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice for our excellent services. So, what are you waiting for then?

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