Glover Garden
Glover Garden
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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.
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  • Ricochan
    New York381 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early Bird Gets the Worm
    The Glover Garden usually opens at 8 AM. We got there about 8:10 AM, and we were two of the first few people in the complex. We were able to take many pictures without other people in the background. By 9:30 AM, we could see a lot more people around. If you prefer to take those perfect pictures with just you and your companion(s), definitely get there as soon as it opens. I also recommend entering from the 2nd gate. There are two gates to the Glover Garden. The 1st gate will require some uphill walk and climbing steps. If you come from the tram stop, Ishibashi, take the Glover Sky Road, and enter the 2nd gate. This gate is located at the highest point of the garden complex, and you can just walk downward to the 1st gate. After some research and actual practice, in Nagasaki, going up by elevators or transportation and walking downward made sense to me. The Glover Garden consists of many buildings which were relocated near Thomas Glover’s house. It could take time to visit all of them. It was extraordinary to imagine Mr. Glover walking around in his yard overlooking the shipyard that he enormously contributed to build and expand. His life story was quite out of ordinary as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • David N
    Hawthorne, California799 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Place to See the Bay and Become Familiar with the Western Influence in Nagasaki
    The Glover Gardens attraction is one of the many highlights of our trip to Nagasaki. It has much to offer: 1. The views of the harbor are breathtaking. It is a truly picturesque spot. 2. The gardens are beautiful and well-kept. 3. The Western-influenced buildings are mostly restored (some still in process) and offer a taste of the era when outside trade with Japan was opening up. 4. The history of the era and the figures who owned the homes is presented in Japanese and English text as you make your way through the buildings along the way. 5. The lovely teahouse is a great spot to take a break and soak in the surrounding views while enjoying some refreshments. Be prepared to get your steps in, but they have moving walkways to the top if you enter from below at the office (as we did).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Sue S
    Kingston, Canada381 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful views of the harbor
    If you have good weather and time, then this attraction is well worth the 620 Yen entrance fee. The views from the observation decks were wonderful. This is definitely a peaceful retreat from the city. There were numerous historic homes documenting Glover's business activities and influence. Nestled in a treed area was a statue of Puccini with a butterfly on his shoulder. We enjoyed watching a variety of people parade around the grounds in Victorian costumes that were available for rent. A great place for couples.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Wraxall_Travellers
    Bristol, United Kingdom1,092 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great View of Harbour and Good Museum
    We liked the old building and the room set ups. We missed the performances as we were between our excursions. The gardens were well kept and the views over the harbour were very pleasant. There is a small entrance fee too. The little musuem had many small boats which were interesting too. It led into a small gift shop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
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Sue S
Kingston, Canada381 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
If you have good weather and time, then this attraction is well worth the 620 Yen entrance fee. The views from the observation decks were wonderful. This is definitely a peaceful retreat from the city. There were numerous historic homes documenting Glover's business activities and influence. Nestled in a treed area was a statue of Puccini with a butterfly on his shoulder. We enjoyed watching a variety of people parade around the grounds in Victorian costumes that were available for rent. A great place for couples.
Written October 20, 2023
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Ricochan
New York381 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Glover Garden usually opens at 8 AM. We got there about 8:10 AM, and we were two of the first few people in the complex. We were able to take many pictures without other people in the background. By 9:30 AM, we could see a lot more people around. If you prefer to take those perfect pictures with just you and your companion(s), definitely get there as soon as it opens.
I also recommend entering from the 2nd gate. There are two gates to the Glover Garden. The 1st gate will require some uphill walk and climbing steps. If you come from the tram stop, Ishibashi, take the Glover Sky Road, and enter the 2nd gate. This gate is located at the highest point of the garden complex, and you can just walk downward to the 1st gate. After some research and actual practice, in Nagasaki, going up by elevators or transportation and walking downward made sense to me.
The Glover Garden consists of many buildings which were relocated near Thomas Glover’s house. It could take time to visit all of them. It was extraordinary to imagine Mr. Glover walking around in his yard overlooking the shipyard that he enormously contributed to build and expand. His life story was quite out of ordinary as well.
Written August 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ariannasamm
Venice, Italy8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
A discounted ticket for disabled people is limited to Japanese visitors. It happened to me a very few times in Japan and three times only in Nagasaki and I find it discriminatory. The staff took a lock to my European Disability Card, which is usually accepted in Japan despite its validity should be limited to Europe, and decided that wasn't valid.

The visit itself it's completely not worth it in winter in my opinion.
Written February 7, 2023
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David N
Hawthorne, CA799 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The Glover Gardens attraction is one of the many highlights of our trip to Nagasaki. It has much to offer:

1. The views of the harbor are breathtaking. It is a truly picturesque spot.

2. The gardens are beautiful and well-kept.

3. The Western-influenced buildings are mostly restored (some still in process) and offer a taste of the era when outside trade with Japan was opening up.

4. The history of the era and the figures who owned the homes is presented in Japanese and English text as you make your way through the buildings along the way.

5. The lovely teahouse is a great spot to take a break and soak in the surrounding views while enjoying some refreshments.

Be prepared to get your steps in, but they have moving walkways to the top if you enter from below at the office (as we did).
Written October 7, 2023
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Daniel H
Bailey, CO30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I've visited this area many times and never get tired of the history and beauty. My friend Chad Dupont who lives and works in Omura has had a weekly YouTube VLOG, Discovering Nagasaki from a Local, on various topics and venues near Nagasaki and Omura. Episode 14 which features Glover Garden and Okonomiyaki is well worth checking out.
Written April 24, 2022
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK2,000 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Shot up here after the Nagasaki Bomb Museum, took some shots in front of the House round the fish ponds (no time to visit or enter) and left to go back down to lunch.

The best facet of this Attraction was the escalator up.

Had we had more time, who knows - we won't.
Written September 14, 2020
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Wraxall_Travellers
Bristol, UK1,092 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We liked the old building and the room set ups. We missed the performances as we were between our excursions. The gardens were well kept and the views over the harbour were very pleasant.

There is a small entrance fee too.

The little musuem had many small boats which were interesting too. It led into a small gift shop.
Written November 10, 2023
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chikamaru
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
You can see former Glover's house which is the world heritage in this garden. The view from top of the hill was pretty! Also, there are some good cafes. They have lunch menu, sweets, and drinks etc. I tried the milk shake and it was really good! I think I could stay there longer since I loved the calm atmosphere so much.
Written March 9, 2021
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sk
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
We took the Glover Sky Road to Glover Garden. After getting off the Sky Road, we were greeted with a lovely view of Nagasaki.
Unfortunately, there were not so many flowers in bloom because of the change of seasons.
We visited Glover’s house and saw the furniture. The view from Glover’s house was very beautiful. The site is huge, so we walked around and enjoyed the nature there. There were cafes and souvenir shop which was really nice. At the exit of the museum, there was a display of Nagasaki’s traditional festivals. I found it very interesting.
Written March 13, 2021
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brixtontrev
United Kingdom1,747 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Thomas Blake Glover's very pretty house set in some lovely gardens. He played a fundamental part in helping to steer the course of Japanese history towards the end of the Edo era arming the prefectures which rebelled against the last Tokugawa Shoguns who were replaced with the Emperor heralding the Meiji era and the start of the modernisation of Japan. This, his house, has been kept for posterity. The nicest way to get to the gardens is up the Glover Skywalk. Once in the gardens follow the signage to the house, which is more of a bungalow really, and as you would expect is laid out to look as though it's still being used.
Written December 17, 2022
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