Best known as the longest running hot spring in Beitou, Longnice Public Bath (瀧乃湯浴室) offers a very traditional experience compared to the modern hotels in the area. It’s definitely the hot spring to visit if you are looking for the real experience.
Longnice Public Bath was actually enjoyed by Prince Hirohito during the Japanese colonial era, and there is a stone with an inscription commemorating the 1923 visit of the man who would eventually become the emperor. If you have ever been to an authentic mountain or countryside onsen in Japan, you’ll feel very much at home here.
The public bathing area has two stone baths, which are much hotter than most others in Beitou, with one being around 42°C and the other 44-46°C. This water isn’t made lukewarm to appeal to mainstream tourists, and while the amenities are also rather basic, it’s a great place to relax and socialize with locals.
If the idea of getting naked in front of strangers isn’t for you, there are also private baths that can be rented out. These cater for couples, as well as families and groups of up to five people. Reservations should be made on the day at the bathhouse, or via telephone.
You’ll need to bring your own soap and towels, or buy some at the front desk. Lockers are also provided in the changing rooms.
How to get there
Longnice Public Bath is a short walk from Xinbeitou station. Head up Quangming Road, the street that goes along the south side of Beitou Park. The bathhouse is just outside the eastern end of the park. Look out for the Chinese characters on the sign outside (瀧乃湯浴室), as it’s easy to miss as you walk up the road.
Hours and fees
Hours: 6:30am to 9pm (last admission 8pm). Private baths 12pm to 6pm
Admission: NT$150 for public baths, from NT$400 per hour for private baths
Official website: longnice.com.tw