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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,134 contributions
When Taiwan was part of Japan's Empire
Oct 2020
The Beitou Museum was once the the residence of an upper-class Japanese family. As we have travelled to Japan several times, it's easy to recognise the architecture. It is still intact, including the ceremonial bathing area. Beitou was notorious throughout the Japanese Empire as a resort. Kamikaze pilots spent their last days here before plunging into Allied warships. The Japanese colonial era (1895-1945) left a profound and lasting impact on Taiwan, as this fine remnant of Japanese colonial culture shows.
Written 12 December 2020
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Gina L
Taipei, Taiwan12 contributions
An unexpected discovery
Feb 2020 • Friends
Please reserve the guided tour and enjoy all that this place has to offer. It’s a typical Japanese house in the mountains which was used in the past as a hotel with hot springs baths. Japanese kamikaze fighters came here for their last moments. Jackie Chan stayed here. This is a beautiful building- authentic. There’s a restaurant and you can also take Japanese culture classes like ikebana. There are also seasonal displays.
Take a cab from xinbeitou station to get here (around 100ntd)
Written 10 February 2020
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HappyAKA
Singapore52 contributions
Poor in museum content, more a grand restaurant
Dec 2019
Came here hoping to have a more in-depth explanation to Beitou and its development. Was disappointed in the content - half the property dedicated to restaurant, the other half had little in content, the only interesting room was that of the old ceramic bath area for the hotspring. Unless you are fans of Japanese architecture, not worth the long walk uphill from Xin Bei Tou MRT station, nor the admission fee in my view, as we also travel quite extensively to Japan.
Written 5 January 2020
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WongAK
Melbourne, Australia277 contributions
Superb Set-lunch
Mar 2019 • Friends
With its century old history, most of which wonderfully preserved, the museum is a hidden gem in this hot spring central area of Beitou. Established in the 1920's during the Japanese occupation era, this place used to be an elegant guesthouse (Kazan hotel), probably serving the then Japanese "upper class", complete with meeting rooms and ritual tea ceremony space, and a traditional 'hot spring bathing room'.

The manager of the place has been kind enough to show visiting guests the various rooms in this rather spacious 'museum' & its history. Rather amazing setup in my view.

When we arrived in late morning, we're welcomed to stay for lunch which we happily accepted the offer. After being shown around the place and watched a video, we returned to the dining area where quite a few families were already taken their place in the hall where lunch will be served.

It's kind off a set lunch arrangement and we're promptly given a menu. To my surprise it resembles a list of what I would call "mini-degustation" - 9 dishes in all, complete with ontree, small snacks of prawns, scallops, chicken, fish 'snacks' (steamed, fried & sushi style), finishing with kinda herbal soup, desert & fruits.
Admittedly the three of us were quite full at the end of the 'banquet' and really couldn't fault the menu, or the chef who designed it for that matter.

A very pleasant surprise lunch experience at a museum.
Written 1 April 2019
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PeiT231
New York City, NY217 contributions
Quiet old Japanese style house with great afternoon tea set
Jan 2019 • Friends
This is a lovely old hotel in traditional Japanese style architecture, with miniature courtyards. There are exhibition explaining the construction method, as well as temporary special exhibition.
There is a restaurant with outdoor terrace for afternoon tea sets. It is a great place for spending time with friends.
Written 6 January 2019
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windywoody
Colchester, UK86 contributions
Tranquil Japanese House with lovely traditional kaiseki meal
Aug 2018 • Solo
Absolutely lovely, tranquil and mesmerising part of Taipei, definitely worth a trip there!

Based in Taipei for the trip but have done all the stuff within town so decided Beitou would be a good change from the hustle and bustle of main Taipei. I walked all the way up to the museum, used around 15 minutes (can be quite steep for some), there's a bus (S25) that does go from Beitou Park (just outside Beitou metro station instead.

Entrance fee: 100TWD (£2.5~) if you just want to walk around. 800TWD (£20) would be for the meal and walking around, which I would recommend if budget allows (see below).

Everyone there were very friendly and helpful. An older lady was talking to the kids, offering to help visitors to take group photos and kindly talked me through some of the exhibits. The waiters/ waitresses were all very polite too. The house's wooden and the tiles are in tatami style, which for me was really mesmerising, peaceful and tranquil, very relaxed just to be around. There were exhibitions about Taiwanese art crafts and also history of the museum (it was a Japanese hot spring resort when established).

The meal was in Kaiseki style, meaning multiple small dishes. I've had Kaiseki meals where it's served all at once; as dishes were served one after another this time, I was a bit disappointed (I suppose it keeps the food warm and fresh though). Good quality food indeed, such as soft and tender egg and eel roll, 'al dente' soba noodles and comforting chicken soup (bamboo shoots and cheese was a weird combination though...).

Overall excellent experience, very lovely morning spent here!
Written 2 September 2018
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Jones888
Hong Kong, China145 contributions
Curious Japanese legacy
Apr 2018 • Family
The occupying Japanese developed the property as a spa, guesthouse, tea house and Kubiki in the 1920s. Seems the Japanese were instrumental in introducing host springs to Beitou and re-foresting the Yangming mountain area.

Surprisingly the Taiwanese government compensated the Japanese owners shortly after WWII. The property was in private hands from the 60s on and served as a movie set and private residence.

It was repurchased by the government and refurbished to original state 2000-2008.

It is spectacular and photogenic location. The original onsen and tea rooms are intact. The exhibitions rotate and we were unfortunate to visit in the middle of an exhibition change.

There is also a Kaseki style Japanese restaurant, tea house and art shop on the property.

Curious that this Japanese legacy was not plowed under. Perhaps the Taiwanese have a more nuanced view on Japanese occupation relative to the Koreans.

Written 3 April 2018
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sumonemore22
Chiayi, Taiwan1 contribution
Beitou Museum
Jun 2017
visitor have the option of having tea or just browse through the museum. The food and beverage section serves tea and food, and the second floor has room and even lessons for tea ceremonies Once payment is made, we were handed socks and told to remove our shoes and place them in the locker provided. Photography is not permitted inside. Do check out my blog for more photos and details.
Written 5 October 2017
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yfylou
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia6,524 contributions
'Heritage site'
Jun 2017 • Friends
This museum is a private museum. There are nearly 5,000 pieces of tradition artifacts from Taiwanese Han and Taiwan indigenous native people in this museum. Well preserved Japanese architecture house with an ancient rooftop.
Written 16 August 2017
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CrystinePolk
Kaohsiung, Taiwan53 contributions
Free and interesting
May 2017 • Couples
If you have folks who are older and not able to walk a lot this is a great little place to spend some time. Even my husband and I liked it. Not a lot there but an interesting part of the history behind Taiwan.
Written 4 June 2017
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