The peaceful Yamate area of Nagasaki is well loved by all who live there. This area is a rich tapestry of the history of Western-Japanese relations and home to the famous Glover Garden. Get lost in the seaside streets, parks, restaurants and historic buildings of Yamate.
Glover Garden is a five minute walk from the Ouratenshudo-shita tram stop. Alternatively get off at the Ishibashi stop and take the Sky Road elevator up to a small look out point a short distance from the garden.
Yamate is home to Japan's oldest wooden Christian church
Glover Garden, in south Yamate, attracts two million visitors each year
Higashi-Yamate, or east Yamate, became a settlement for expatriates in the 19th century, and you can find many Western-style buildings in this part of the city. Today, the homes are predominantly museums and restaurants. The majority of these buildings can be found along the stone paved Oranda-zaka, named after its initial Dutch inhabitors. Make your way up this hill and enjoy the beautiful views of the Yamate area and the Nagasaki sea.
Minami-Yamate, or south Yamate, is home to the famous Glover Garden, just a stone's throw from Oura Tenshudo Cathedral, Japans oldest wooden Christian church. Glover Gardens has nine buildings within its grounds, the most famous being the Glover residence, home to the late Thomas Glover and his family. Thomas Glover was a businessman who helped the samurai in this area to overthrow the Tokugawa shoguns by helping them to buy firearms. He was a key figure in the industrialization of Japan.
Enjoy a wonderful stroll around the grounds and take in the timeless view of the bay and Goddess Bridge from the gardens. After making your way through Glover Garden, grab a beer and unwind at the onsite patio cafe.