Hinoki Village (aka Cypress Forest Life Village 檜意森活村 Guìyì sēnhuó cūn) is the largest group of Japaneses era buildings in Taiwan, with over 30 restored era wooden structures. Located in Chiayi City, it is a remnant of the logging industry that existed in Chiayi during the Japanese era. As one of the best preserved historical sites in Taiwan, it is definitely worth a stop on your trip to Chiayi.
Hinoki Village dates back to 1914 when the Japanese built the Alishan Forest Railway for exploitation of lumber in the mountains of Chiayi. The village acted as a residential area for loggers, lumber industry management, and dependents.
The village included a building for top management, two buildings for management dependents, another four dormitories for dependents, a dormitory for single workers, a public bath house, and a hostel.
After WWII, it became a residential area for the ROC's forestry bureau and their dependents. In 2005, many buildings were listed as historical buildings under protection. In 2009, the area was planned as one of Taiwan's six major city renovation projects. It took NT 400 million dollars and 4 years to complete. The renovation of the village was completed in 2013 and is now operated by the public.
The village now contains 21 bookstores, restaurants, coffee and tea shops, and a farmers market.
10 AM to 6 PM
Tours and Activities:
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We have stayed at and recommend Chiayi Crown Hotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here), Shin Kao Hotel (you can book on Agoda here or Trip.com here), and YesHotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here), which are all quality hotels for a reasonable price near Chiayi Station. We also recommend Shianghu Botique Hotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here), with excellent quality for the money just our of Chiayi City center. Finally we have stayed at and recommend Fenchihu Street Hotel (you can book on Agoda here, Booking.com here, Hotels.com here, or Expedia here), which is within walking distance of Fenqihu Old Street, Fenqihu Station, and many amazing hikes in the area.
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How to get there:
By Train/Bus: The village is a short walk across the street from Chiayi Beimen (North Gate) Station. You can purchase tours and tickets of the Alishan Railway through Klook here or KKday here.
By Car/Scooter: From Chiayi Station, turn north on County road 159 until you reach Beimen Station. The village is across the street from Beimen Station. There is free and paid parking on the street nearby. Looking for scooter rental in Chiayi? You can check out Klook here or KKday here to search for options.You can also check out our scooter rental guide here.
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Please see below:
I have been to Hinoki village once. It is truly the best Japanese era village in Taiwan and is definitely worth a stop.
Map of the 30+ buildings in the area.
One of the restored houses.
More restored buildings that have been converted into bathrooms and coffee shops.
A Japanese house turned coffee shop.
Japanese era wagon.
More restored houses.
Miniature model of the village.
Historical photos of the village and Alishan railway.
More historical photos.
More historical photos.
Art exhibit inside one of the houses.
More art exhibits.
Now that you have a taste of what this village is like, it is time to go check it out for yourself.
You can purchase tours and tickets of the Alishan Railway through Klook here or KKday here.
Check out our full guide to the Alishan Forest Railway here. You can also check out our full guide to Chiayi here.
For an overview of other places you can visit in Taiwan, you can also check out our full travel guide to Taiwan here.
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