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The former Glover Residence within Glover Garden

Glover Garden (グラバー園, Glover-en) is an open air museum in Nagasaki that exhibits mansions of several of the city's former foreign residents and related buildings. It is located on the hill where Western merchants settled down after the end of Japan's era of seclusion in the second half of the 19th century.

The main attraction of the garden is the Former Glover House, the oldest Western-style wooden building in Japan. Thomas Glover (1838-1911) was a Scottish merchant who moved to Nagasaki after the opening of its port to foreign trade in 1859. He later assisted some of the revolutionaries who would eventually overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Meiji Restoration. Active in various industries, including shipbuilding and mining, Glover features prominently in the early history of Japan's industrialization.

The view of the harbor and the city from the former No. 2 Dock House

Several more Western-style buildings were relocated to the garden from other parts of the city. Visitors can enter the buildings and explore the well-preserved rooms, witnessing the lifestyle of the wealthy figures who inhabited them. The often opulent residences are ornately decorated and feature the furniture and appliances of the day.

In addition to the historic buildings, the garden offers nice views of the city and the harbor, including some of Nagasaki's important industrial sites. There are also a cafe and souvenir shop.

An ornate room inside one of the former residences

Access

Glover Garden is a five minute walk from Ouratenshudo-shita Station on tram line number 5. The entrance is just next to the Oura Catholic Church.

How to get to and around Nagasaki

Hours & Fees

Hours

8:00 to 18:00 (until 21:30 in summer and during peak seasons)

Closed

No closing days

Admission

610 yen

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Page last updated: September 13, 2017