If you are travelling to Japan, why not to visit the neighbour country which is also beautiful and worth visiting. I’ve just done my first travel to Taiwan and I had wonderful experience. I’m going to introduce 5 strong reasons why you shouldn’t miss Taiwan along your travel to Japan.
1. It’s extremely close
Visiting Taiwan from Japan is much easier than you think. The flight takes only 3 hours from Tokyo to Taipei. There are numerous numbers of flights available to Taiwan’s cities from several cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Nagoya, Okinawa, etc). Ticket fairs are pretty reasonable starting from $100 return!
2. Close but totally different
Although Taiwan is one of the closest countries to Japan, you may find the country is very different. Taiwan has generally lots of influences from China, but with a mixture of Japanese high-tech and SE Asian spirits, which makes the country very original and fascinating.
One of the main attractions in Taiwan is food. Try local food as much as you can at famous night markets. Food stalls are located at every corners on the streets of Taiwan and they will never keep you hungry. Apart from Taiwanese food, you should definitely try their famous bubble tea and local beers such as mango beer and pineapple beer.
4. Tropical weather
Taiwan is located very near Okinawa (Japan’s southernmost island). The summer in Taiwan is very hot and humid. I’d say the perfect time for visiting is Nov to April as it’s much milder temperature comparing to Japanese freezing winter. Of course, if you want enjoy the hot summer, visit there in summer time. It’s surprisingly unknown but Taiwan has many beautiful unexplored beaches where you can dive, snorkel, surf and swim.
The best thing about Taiwan is people. I noticed that many local don’t speak English so if you do not know Chinese language, it’s very hard to communicate. However, locals are pleased to communicate or help you somehow if you can’t understand each other verbally. The kindness of Taiwanese people is generally extraordinary and I personally think they are one of the most friendly and polite people in the world.