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Glover Garden

8-1 Minami-yamatemachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0931, Japan
+81 92-822-8223
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Ranked #5 of 128 attractions in Nagasaki
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Owner description: This open air museum consists of nine Western-style homes built between 1868 and 1912 for Western merchants living in Japan. Glover Mansion, the most... more » Owner description: This open air museum consists of nine Western-style homes built between 1868 and 1912 for Western merchants living in Japan. Glover Mansion, the most famous of these, is Japan's oldest Western-style house. « less
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Tottori, Japan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I honestly just went because so many people were recommending it I felt that I should - I wasn't expecting much more than some colourful flower beds. Instead I was really charmed by the sunset view over the harbour, the history I could read about, and the really charming old homes - maybe I've been feeling homesick for European architecture,... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

A quick tram ride and walk will find you here. It's worth about an hour or so of your life once you're in the park. Glover came over from China and set up all sorts of businesses - including the Japanese Beer Company, the predecessor to Kirin Beer! The houses are nothing much, but it's worth a wander and there... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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205 reviews 205 reviews
67 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

We arrived after walking up a decent sized hill, only to discover they don't take credit cards and no ATM on site. Definitely not tourist friendly!

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Montreal, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Beautiful gardens, lovely old houses and lots of historical information. Try to stop for tea at the tea house...it is part of the experience. If you have never seen escalators and rolling walkways outdoors in a park, this is your chance. It is a wonderful place to visit. Do not miss it.

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Nature lovers would love this place, especially in spring and summer when the flowers in the garden are at full bloom. It is a very spacious estate made up of many houses inhibited by different families. As it is located on a hilltop, the main mansion overlooks the sea, and commands a beautiful view on a clear day. You get... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Despite a very brief visit before the gardens closed it gave us a glimpse of times gone by and funnily enough designed by a fellow scotsman George Glover who was born only a matter of 5 miles from where we stay in scotland. We could do with the likes of him again to design and improve some of our own... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Mr. Thomas Glover was a Scottish merchant who went to Japan in 1859. He based his business in Nagasaki and he built his home. A wooded, western style house. At the time Japanese people had not seen such a home or furnishings. It was alien to the locals at the time. Interesting to imagine, upper middle class home would be... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Glover Garden is a preserved location where some of the first European settlers in Japan were located. There is so much history that is interesting if you are keen on learning about the early interactions between Japan and the west. Make sure you allow a good amount of time, it took us about 3-4 hours to get around the whole... More

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telford
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

this is much more than just a park so dont hesitate to pay the entrance fee is has all the well preserved old European houses from the rich people back in the day is a lovely area to walk around and ye olde tea shoppe is a good stop for a cup of tea and a cake start at the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Not too lucky with the weather, I still thought visiting this place was quite an experience. Thomas Glover and other successful foreign merchants residing at the hillside area, overlooking Nagasaki harbour, contributed heavily into Japan's mining, shipping & railway industries thus all residencies reflect their status and local influence at the time. Original furnitures, stone floored verandas and French style... More

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