グラバー園Glover Garden

Glover Garden is one of the popular tourist spots, where Thomas Blake Glover who has travelled from Scotland built his house on the Minami Yamate Hill in 1863長崎の代表的観光名所となっている「グラバー園」。スコットランドから渡来してきたトーマス・ブレーク・グラバーが1863年、南山手の丘に建設した住宅を筆頭に、日本の産業に大きな貢献を果たした外国人貿易商の邸宅や庭園を移築復元し公開している。







Text: Yuki Mine
. Including the house, there are open-to-public relocated and restored gardens and houses of foreign merchants and traders who contributed to the industry in Japan.

It is known that there has gathered many foreign merchants and nationalists of the end of Edo Period at the time in Nagasaki. In the garden there are many items showcasing that tells the old story.

The former Glover House is the oldest western wooden architecture in Japan, and with the former Ringer House and former Alt House together, the house is designated as a national important cultural property. The son of the British Robert Neill Walker once lived in the former Walker House. Robert and Glover co-established Japan Brewery Company, the predecessor of Kirin Beer.

Besides Western houses, there remains buildings that have secret compartment for Samurais at the end of Edo era and a building that was used for the first Western cuisine restaurant in Japan.

As the Glover Garden is located on the hill, you will walk from the high place down to the lower area in the site. There are moving walkway and slopes for wheelchairs.

In the garden, they offer various events such as a concert that relates to the opera “Madama Butterfly” which set in Nagasaki. Because of its location, you will enjoy fantastic panoramic view of the Nagasaki city. During summer, they open until late at night.

Glover Garden
Address: 8-1 Minamiyamate-machi, Nagasaki
Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
Entrance Fee: Adult 600yen, Highschool Students 300yen, Junior Highschool Students 180yen
Tel: 095-822-8223

Text: Yuki Mine
Translation: Mariko Takei

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