Beitou Museum 北投文物館
The only remaining all-wood two-story Japanese style building in Taiwan, the Beitou Museum is located on a secluded mountain slope and was designated as a historical site by the city government in 1998.
Originally the Kazan Hotel, the building was used during the Japanese era as lodging for Kamikaze pilots during World War II. The grounds have changed ownership over the years, and is currently managed by the Fu Lin Culture Foundation which completed a renovation of the complex in 2008.
Today, as a museum, the grounds are home to cultural exhibitions and performances, with a heavy focus on Japanese culture and its impact on Taiwan and specifically the Beitou Hot Springs (北投溫泉) area. The museum also contains over 4,000 artefacts showcasing Taiwanese and Aboriginal culture, rotating exhibits every 6 months.
In the rear of the main building is a lovely Japanese-style teahouse where visitors can relax and enjoy views of Taipei City.
The museum is also well known for their preparation of traditional Japanese vegetarian Kaiseki meals.
The Beitou Museum is located nearby the Beitou Hot Springs (北投溫泉).
From Red Line 2 Beitou station (新北投), take bus route S25 or 230 to the museum.
Admission to the museum is NT$150 per person, and free audio tours are available in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.