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Beitou Museum, previously known as Taiwan Folk Arts Museum (北投文物館) is located on a small mountain behind Hell Valley with beautiful views over the Beitou area. The traditional Japanese-style wooden building was built during the Japanese colonial era and dates back to 1921. Originally the Kazan Hotel, the property was once the most luxurious hot springs facility in the area.
During WWII, the hotel was used by Japanese Kamikaze squadron pilots, and the tatami room on the second floor was where they would have their last meal before the final flight of their lives. It is one of the largest free standing wooden structures remaining in Taiwan from the Japanese colonial era, and was designated as a historic site by the Taipei Government in 1998.
After a five year restoration project, the building reopened in 2008 and currently offers a great opportunity to enjoy Japanese gardens, architecture, as well as delicious Taiwanese tea and Japanese cuisine while enjoying the scenery below. Groups can reserve ahead to have meals in the second floor tatami room that was used by the Kamikaze pilots. If you are planning to enjoy a full-course meal at the museum, it is best to book ahead.
All food is served in courses, but there are a number of different courses to choose from. The contents of the course meals change frequently, so it is best to call ahead to see what is on the menu and what the prices are. Below is a comparison of two courses that were available during our visit. The simpler course was NT$650 and more extensive course was NT$880.
Apart from serving great food and tea in an amazing environment, the museum also holds a variety of exhibits and arts performances featuring Taiwanese, Japanese, and indigenous cultures.
For ideas on how to make a day trip out of your Beitou visit, see our Taipei Day Trip 1: Beitou article.
Name: Beitou Museum / Taiwan Folk Arts Museum (北投文物館)
Address: No. 32, Yōuyǎ Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 112 (台北市北投區幽雅路32號)
Tel: 02 2891 2318
Admission: Adults NT$120, Students and Seniors NT$50, Groups of 20+ NT$80
Meals: Varies according to menu. Traditional Taiwanese Tea Set NT$220 per person, Smaller Course Meal NT$650, Larger Course Meal NT$880
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am – 5:30pm
* Closed on Mondays