A short flight from Japan, Taiwan makes an ideal trip for foodies and adventurers alike
When I asked my daughter what she would like to do to celebrate her junior high school graduation, she knew immediately where she wanted to go: Taiwan.
Her main goals for the trip? Visiting Jiufen, a town famous for its connection to the popular Studio Ghibli animated film “Spirited Away”; visiting the town of Shifen to launch a paper lantern into the sky; and, most importantly, to eat as much Taiwanese food as possible.
Just a little under an hour flight away from Naha Airport, Taiwan is closer to Okinawa than Kyushu, the southernmost main island of Japan — and it usually costs less to fly there, too. Many popular budget airlines like Vanilla Air and Tigerair offer flights between Naha and Taiwan, but we chose Peach Aviation, another budget-friendly option for our flight into Taoyuan International Airport. Citizens of the United States, Japan and several other countries are eligible for the country’s tourist visa waiver, which allows you to remain in the country for up to 90 days. The waiver is free and issued upon arrival at the airport in Taiwan.
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