The house takes its name from Thomas Glover (1838–1911), whose arms-importing operations played an important part in the Meiji...
Ōura Catholic Church
This hilltop church, Japan's oldest (1865), is dedicated to the 26 Christians who were crucified in Nagasaki in 1597. It's more like a...
Nagasaki Traditional Performing Arts Museum
This has a display of dragons and floats used in the colourful Kunchi Matsuri. You'll walk through the museum as you exit the Clover...
This huge, freestanding Chinese restaurant (look for the giant red pillars) near Glover Garden is credited as the creator of champon ...
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Glover Garden information
Some former homes of the city's Meiji-period European residents have been reassembled in this hillside garden. Glover Garden is named after Thomas Glover (1838–1911), the Scottish merchant who built Japan's first railway, helped establish the shipbuilding industry and whose arms-importing operations influenced the course of the Meiji Restoration. It's a lovely spot to stroll around.
The best way to explore the garden is to take the moving walkways to the top of the hill then walk back down. The Mitsubishi No 2 Dock building is highest, with panoramic views of the city and harbour from the 2nd floor. Next highest is Walker House , filled with artefacts donated by the families, followed by Ringer House , Alt House and finally Glover House . Halfway down is the Madame Butterfly Statue of Japanese opera singer Miura Tamaki, inspiration for the famous opera by Puccini – the story took place here in Nagasaki. Exit the garden through the Nagasaki Traditional Performing Arts Museum , which has a display of dragons and floats used in Nagasaki's colourful Kunchi Matsuri.