Jiufen is the famous, magical little town known for being Miyazaki’s inspiration for ‘Spirited Away.’ Being in this town, even in a torrential down-pour, couldn’t sadden the most-deflated of hearts. It’s such a happy, quirky little place. As the bus crawled up the country cliffs, and Jiufen came into view, I was awestruck. It’s quite literally perched on the edge of a cliff, and it winds down and almost juts out of the side. There was one giant mountain covered in mystical mist that I would have loved to climb if it hasn’t been so rainy. What a glorious, whimsical place…
You can’t go to Jiufen and NOT have tea. It’s essential.
These faces were stuck onto the wall of the primary school.
Taro ice-cream and shaved peanuts= Jiufen burrito…why have we never put ice-cream inside a tortilla wrap before? Delicious!!
Having a little snack break at one of the many Taro houses.
Look at these alleys, winding and cobbled and cute.
I absolutely loved this sign above a little craft store.
I felt like I’d just stepped straight into Spirited Away…look at that ocean…
Alternatively, I could be in a Murakami story…
Oh, hazy waves and misty days, hello!
Our tea menu- quirky!
Can’t get enough of the lantern love!
A time-less town.
Now, if only I could ride back to Taipei on this guy…In a Murakami novel I totally could…
Do yourself a favour and come to Taiwan and go to Jiufen. It’ll honestly lighten your heart and you’ll feel so free roaming those winding streets. And I’ll come with you!