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Glover Garden: A picturesque garden with glorious views in Nagasaki

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By Elizabeth Sok

An open-air museum preserving the rich connections between Westerners and Japanese people, Glover Garden is a must-visit in Nagasaki.

Located on the Minami Yamate hillside, this garden features several Western-style houses, including the oldest wooden one in Japan, as well as gardens and rooms recreated in the fashion of the turn of the twentieth century.

For a trip back in time to a key period in Japan’s modernization and interactions with the outside world, come tour the grounds of Glover Garden.

The Grounds

Explore what each house has to offer. Photo: PIXTA/ kattyan

While the word garden is in the name of this historical spot, the ponds, the koi fish that live in them and the carefully arranged flowers and trees planted throughout are but one part of this expansive historical space. Relocated from areas throughout the city to Glover Garden are several historical houses once owned by Western diplomats and men of industry. Among these are the Walker House whose owner worked in the burgeoning shipping industry and the house of Frederick Ringer who contributed to tea exports, fishing and the newspaper business.

In addition to admiring the facade of these luxurious buildings, visitors can enter and explore rooms that have been redesigned with the 19th century in mind. Also, be sure to peek out of the windows to see what fantastic views of the ocean.

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Glover Garden by itself may be a short visit, but there are other buildings around the Higashi Yamate zone that are also entertaining and that can be enjoyed even without paying entrance, I would recommend visiting around the Dutch slope, for those interested in the architecture the area it may be even more interesting than the garden.

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