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Glover Garden

Glover GardenGlover Garden is the popular park with former Western-style Residences.
It is on the hill just west of Oura Catholic Church.

Foreign settlement had been formed around Nagasaki Port since the 1860s.
It was extinguished in 1899, but many Western-style residences remained.

In 1970, Nagasaki city constructed this garden to preserve the residences which were decreasing with the passage of time.
Here were the site of houses of Mr. Grover, Mr. Ringer and Mr. Alt.

  • Glover House : The house of Thomas Blake Glover (1838-1911, a merchant from Scotland) built in 1863.
    It is designated as a national important cultural property.
    It has a horse stable and a storehouse.
    In the residence, there is the mark of Freemasonry. But it is said that he was not a Freemason.
  • Ringer House : The house of Frederick Ringer (1838-1907, a merchant from England) built in 1869.
    After he worked in Glover's company first, he hounded his company.
    It is designated as a national important cultural property.
    The floor stones of the porch were from Vladivostok in Russia.
  • Alt House : The house of William Alt (1840-1905, a tea merchant from Endland) built in 1865.
    It is designated as a national important cultural property.
    He introduced the Japanese green tea to the world through his business.
  • Walker House : The house of Robert Neill Walker (1851-1941, a businessman from England) built around 1890s.
    The house was next to Oura Catholic Church.

In the garden, there are some other old buildings moved from various places in Nagasaki city.

In the garden, only two heart-shaped stones are embedded on the path.
It is said that you will succeed in love if you find the both stones.
(Probably, you can find them easily, if you study the guide map which you get at the entrance...)

Glover Garden official website

How to get to here

By streetcar

By street car with route No. 5, get off at Oura-Tenshudo-shita or Ishibashi terminal stop.

Glover House Glover House
A room in Glover House Ringer House
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Alt House
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Walker House
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
Former Mitsubishi second dock house Former Nagasaki District Court
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A view of central Nagasaki city
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
A heart-shaped stone on a path

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