These #Instaworthy destinations will cure your ‘travel nostalgia’

桂花巷藝術村(Photos courtesy of @yoyoirisyo/Instagram (left) and @sunlightbai/Instagram (right)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Japanese media have reported a strange phenomenon called “Taiwan nostalgia” to describe those who are eager to travel to Taiwan but can’t.

Most people have canceled their travel plans this year as a result of the pandemic so the Taiwan Tourism Bureau reportedly organized a “make-belief overseas trip to Taiwan” for Japanese people longing for our natural landscapes and mouthwatering cuisines.

But, what should you do if you are in Taiwan and miss traveling to Japan? Here are three #Instaworthy spots in central Taiwan to satisfy your “Japan nostalgia”! 

Photos courtesy of @shie0821/Instagram (left) and @clairelin615 /Instagram (right)

Lukang Artists Village

The Lukang Artists Village in Lugang Old Street, Changhua, was formerly a Japanese dormitory during the occupation, but it has since been renovated and turned into an art exhibition area.

The colorful lanterns are a great way to take beautiful photos day and night. In addition, there are also beautiful old Japanese houses on “Lantern Street” that form an incredibly romantic backdrop for the best photo-ops.


How to get there? | No. 7, Guihua Ln., Lukang Township, Changhua County 505

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Cheng Mei Cultural Park

After 23 years of renovation, this place is now the top destination for wedding photos.

In addition, the courtyard behind the building is the first choice of many social media influencers for photoshoots.

The Japanese-style garden, its cypress lane, and Jiaming Lake-like views, along with the traditional “sanheyuan” houses (a three-section compound) in the back, bring out the combined beauty of Taiwanese and Japanese cultures.

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(Photos courtesy of @isping1018/Instagram(left) and @alittlehappiness/Instagram (right)

How to get there? | No. 60, Sec. 2, Zhongshan Rd., Yongjing Township, Changhua County
Opening hours:9:00-17:00

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Taiwan Ming Yuan Garden Art Museum

Known as Taiwan’s “mini Kenroku-en” — one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, Changhua County’s Ming Yuan Garden Art Museum, has created a quiet little Eden based on Japan’s Zen culture. 

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The garden is filled with various flowers throughout the year. In this welcoming atmosphere that mixes all colors, the garden not only helps you relax but also soothe your desire to travel abroad.

Under the exposure to the tall pines, cypresses, and other natural landscapes, you can re-imagine yourself to be in Japan’s most beautiful garden.

(Photo courtesy of @yuki_m1031/Instagram)

How to get there?  No. 102, Sanfeng Rd., Tianwei Township, Changhua County 522
Opening hours:8:00-17:30 (12:00-13:30休息)
Fees: Free