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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Culture

Yamate 南山手

Take a trip back in time to the once cosmopolitan and international streets of Yamate

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.

Don't Miss

  • Learning about the Scottish man who shaped Japan at Glover Garden
  • Exploring the homes of some of Nagasaki's first foreign settlers
  • The views out across Nagasaki from elevated loacations around Yamate

How to Get There

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.

Quick Facts

Yamate is home to Japan's oldest wooden Christian church

Glover Garden, in south Yamate, attracts two million visitors each year

Higashi-Yamate

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

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.

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