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Glover Garden was built in 1974 on the hillside with a stunning view of Nagasaki Harbor. It is one of the greatest sightseeing spots in Nagasaki. This is a place to hand down the information of the splendid lives in a foreign settlement as well as the place that symbolizes Japanese modernization. The Glover Residence, Ringer House and Alt House are national important cultural properties. They are precious heritages that speaks about the early stage of western architecture in Japan and the lives of american residents. Enjoy Glover Garden that plays an important role as a witness to history.
- 8-1 Minamiyamate-machi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki
- From JR Nagasaki station, walk for a few min to the street car stop Nagasakieki-mae. Take a street car bound for Shokakuji-shita. Ride for 7 minutes and get off at Ouratenshudo-shita. Walk for 7 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 8:00-18:00 (from the end of July to the beginning of October -21:30, Christmas season -21:00, The entrance gate closes 20 minutes before the closing time of the garden)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Admission fee
- adult 620 yen, high school student 310 yen, elementary & junior high school students 180 yen
- Best time to see
- "Glover's Night" from mid-June to early October. *This period changes every year.
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
A World Heritage: The Glover Residence
The Glover Residence was built in 1863 as the residence of a Scottish trader, Thomas Blake Glover. It is the oldest wooden western architectural structure that exists in Japan and is registered as world heritage in July 2015. Viewing from the top, the roof is a shape of a four-leaved clover.
Inside the Glover Residence
Inside the Glover Residence, there is living room for family relaxation, greenhouse with a bright light, dining hall and so on. The interior and the dishes in old times are reproduced so that visitors can experience life as it was back in the day.
There is Japan’s first Western cuisine restaurant “Jiyu-tei” in the premises of Glover Garden. They offer Dutch coffee extracted over 24 hours and “Kasutera” (sponge cake), Nagasaki’s specialty that tastes excellent. Enjoy a relaxing time at a fashionable space that has a stunning view of the harbor.
Amazing View from the Garden
Glover Garden stands on the hillside that has an amazing view of Nagasaki Harbor. With the sea and mountains in the background, it is so beautiful a view that you cannot get tired of it. You will see benches to spend time appreciating the view here and there in the garden.
Glover Garden Illuminated at Night
Glover Garden is illuminated from the middle of July to the beginning of October. They call this period “Glover’s Night” and extend the opening hours. All the houses including Glover Residence are illuminated and glitter beautifully together with the night view of Nagasaki city down below. They also have various events like a beer garden that goes with its fantastic atmosphere.
Heart-Shaped Stones that Bring Good Luck to You
There are two heart-shaped stones on a path. It is believed that it will bring you good luck if you can find them. Although the location of those stones are marked on a map today, it is fun to find them by yourself.
Oura Catholic Church
Oura Catholic Church, the oldest wooden Church in Japan is located near Glover Garden. It was established in 1865 to dedicate to 26 saints who were martyred on an edict banning Christianity in 1597. It is a historically important building that is designated as a national treasure which is a rare case for a Western-style building.
Glover Sky Road
Glover sky road is an elevator with a great view of the city of Nagasaki. It starts near Ishibashi Station in Nagasaki and goes up to the second gate of Glover Garden. You can see the view from the window of the elevator and the top of the elevator is a good viewpoint too.