Welcome to GLOVER GARDEN.
Commanding a stunning view of Nagasaki Harbour from
its position on top of the hill of Minami-Yamate, this romantic area
retains the atmosphere of a foreign settlement.
Thomas Blake Glover, who travelled across the sea from distant
Scotland, built his home here on Minami-Yamate hill in 1863. At that time,
the town of Nagasaki was brimming with the enthusiasm of those dreaming of
a new dawn for Japan.
The merchants of the foreign country who have
embreced the dream from other side of the sea, the patriots at the end of
the Edo period who fervently aspired to overthrow the Shogunate, and the
young men of Japan who aimed to learn the study of the West.
a century later, mementoes of when the Glover family lived here survive
unchanged, along with the residences of the traders who loved Nagasaki and
made their homes here.
Welcome to the good old days. Let’s join
the Glovers for a stroll through their romantic history.
|The History of
At the end of the Edo period, the hill of
Minami-Yamate was a town of foreigners.
In 1858, five years after Commodore Perry entered port at Uraga, a
succession of ships from various countries arrived seeking trade,
pressuring the Shogunate to allow foreign vessels access to Japan.
Finally, the Shogunate took steps to open up the country. Five nations
concluded trade and friendship treaties with Japan, starting with Britain
and the United States.
The following year (1859), the port of Nagasaki
was opened along with Yokohama and Hakodate, and it entered an age of free
trade with other nations.
To ensure there was space for homes and
bases of operations for foreign traders in Nagasaki, the Shogunate
embarked on a hasty land reclamation and construction programme. The areas
of Higashi-Yamate, Minami-Yamate, Oura, Kozone, Sagarimatsu, Umegasaki,
Shinchi and Dejima were transformed into a single district: Nagasaki’s
It was forty years until settlements were
abolished and non-Japanese were able to live alongside Japanese throughout
the country. During this period, Nagasaki flourished as a free trade port
of the new era.
The foreign settlement was divided into three areas
from the coast inwards: prime land, middle-grade land and low-grade land.
Foreign traders established trading posts and storehouses on the high-rent
prime land; the middle-grade land to the rear was filled with hotels,
banks, hospitals and recreational facilities; and houses, churches,
consulates and so on were built on the hilly low-grade land.
the hills, whilst Minami-Yamate was used for housing, Higashi-Yamate was
at first called ‘Consulate Hill’ as it was the location of the Portuguese
and Prussian consulate buildings, amongst others. In this way, a wide
variety of Western buildings were constructed, and the settlement took on
a unique form with Oura Bund at its centre.
In 1899 (Meiji 32) the
foreign settlements were abolished, but the Western buildings remained,
giving Nagasaki the feel of a foreign country. Many years later in 1970
(Showa 45), in an effort to preserve Nagasaki’s gradually-disappearing
Western buildings, maintenance was carried out on the Glover residence and
other buildings on Minami-Yamate hill. Many Western houses in the city
were moved to Minami-Yamate, and Glover Garden was born. Since then,
Glover Garden has remained a much-loved major tourist attraction in
Entry Fees and Opening Times
||High school student
||Elementary/Junior High School Student
|Group（more than 15 people）
Opening times for 2013 (times change depending on season)
PLEASE NOTE: The front desk closes 20 minutes before the rest of the park.
|27 April (Sat) - 5 May (Sun)
||08:00 - 21:30
|19 July (Fri) - 9 October (Wed)
||08:00 - 21:30
|22 December (Sun) - 25 December (Wed)
||08:00 - 21:00
|All other periods
||08:00 - 18:00
By Japan Rail from Hakata:
Special Kamome to Nagasaki Station(approx. 1 hour 55 minutes)
Take line 1 (Shokakuji-shita) from Nagasaki Eki-mae to
Transfer to line 5 (Ishi-bashi) and take the tram to
either Oura Tenshudo-shita or Ishi-bashi. (approx. 15 minutes)
Walk to Glover Garden (approx. 8 minutes)
* From Ishi-bashi, enter the garden via the Sky
From Nagasaki Airport:
Airport connection bus (via Dejima road) to Nagasaki
Shinchi bus terminal(approx. 35 minutes)
Walk to Glover Garden(approx. 15 minutes)
By car, from Fukuoka:
Fukuoka IC → (Kyushu Motorway) → Tosu JCT → (Nagasaki Motorway) → Nagasaki IC → (Nagasaki-Dejima Road) → Glover Garden(approx. 2 hours)
* Car Parking Information:
Glover Garden does not have a car park. Please use a nearby parking lot.
Matsugae Municipal Car Park