Travel notes of Nagasaki: Oura Cathedral, Glover Garden, Confucian Shrine, Dutch slope and Meganebashi Bridge

大浦天主堂・グラバー園・長崎孔子廟・オランダ坂・眼鏡橋 アイキャッチ画像

[Introduction]

I traveled to Nagasaki Prefecture for three days and two nights. The main objective was to see “Nagasaki Lantern Festival. In this article, I will write about Oura Cathedral, Glover Garden, Confucian Shrine, Dutch slope and Meganebashi Bridge as part of day 2.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1 (1) Huis Ten Bosch: Flower Road and Amsterdam City etc.
* Day 1 (2) Huis Ten Bosch: Tower City and Harbor Town etc.
* Day 1 (3) Huis Ten Bosch: illumination in the evening
* Day 2 (1) Peace Park, Urakami Cathedral and Atomic Bomb Museum
* Day 2 (2) Oura Cathedral, Glover Garden, Confucian Shrine, Dutch slope and Meganebashi Bridge [This article]
* Day 2 (3) Nagasaki Lantern Festival: Shinchi Chinatown and Confucian Shrine
* Day 3 (1) Dejima and Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument
* Day 3 (2) Nagasaki Lantern Festival: Central Park
* Day 3 (3) Nagasaki Lantern Festival: Shian-bashi Bridge and Tojin Yashiki Ato

[Travel Date]
2016.02.11-13

[Main Part]

It was the second day in the afternoon of the Nagasaki trip. I moved to Minami-Yamate / Higashi-Yamate area where several famous tourists spots were located.Nagasaki Glover Street

The above photo was taken at the Glover Street, a shopping district.

Oura Cathedral

First, I visited Oura Cathedral.Nagasaki Oura Cathedral1

Oura Cathedral, which was built in 1864, is the oldest wooden church in Japan. Stained glass and ceiling in the church was so beautiful, but visitors were prohibited from taking photos inside the building. So, I  just took photos outside.
Nagasaki Oura Cathedral2

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Nagasaki Oura Cathedral3

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Glover Garden

Then, I moved to Glover Garden. Glover Garden is a tourist spot showing nine western-style architectures. The exhibited buildings include the the former residence of Thomas Glover, Frederick Ringer and William Alt, who came to Japan from UK in 1859 as merchants.

Former Glover House.Nagasaki Glover Garden1

Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Glover House1

Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Glover House2

Former “Jiyu-Tei” Restaurant, which is now used as a cafe.Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Jiyu-Tei Restaurant

Former Ringer House.Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Ringer House1

Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Ringer House2

Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Ringer House3

Former Alt House.Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Alt House1

Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Alt House2

Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Alt House3

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Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Alt House6

Former Steele Memorial Academy.Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Steele Memorial Academy1

Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Steele Memorial Academy2

Former Walker House.Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Walker House1

Nagasaki Glover Garden Former Walker House2

Nagasaki Confucian Shrine

After I left Glover Garden, I walked to Nagasaki Confucian Shrine for about 10 minutes. As the name suggests, Nagasaki Confucian Shrine is dedicated to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. It was developed by Chinese residents of Nagasaki in 1893.

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Nagasaki Confucian Shrine2

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Dutch slope

Then, I moved to Dutch Slope.Nagasaki Dutch Slope1

Dutch Slope is the steep streets of the former residential area for Western Merchants, mostly from Netherland. Hence, houses here are mixed styles of Western and Japanese architectures.

“Higashi-Yamate Western residences”Nagasaki Dutch Slope Higashi-Yamate Western residences1

Nagasaki Dutch Slope Higashi-Yamate Western residences2

The brown building is now used as a hospital.Nagasaki Dutch Slope Showakai Hospital

The blue house is “Higashi-Yamate-Ko No.13 building”, which was used as a French consular office.Nagasaki Dutch Slope Higashi-Yamate-Ko No.13 building1

Inside the building.Nagasaki Dutch Slope Higashi-Yamate-Ko No.13 building2

Nagasaki Dutch Slope Higashi-Yamate-Ko No.13 building3

There was another house (Higashi-Yamate No.12 building) behind the house.Nagasaki Dutch Slope Higashi-Yamate No.12 building1

Nagasaki Dutch Slope Higashi-Yamate No.12 building2

Nagasaki Dutch Slope Higashi-Yamate No.12 building3

So far I walked around Minami-Yamate/Higashi-Yamate area.

Meganebashi Bridge

I moved to another area to see Meganebashi Bridge.Nagasaki Meganebashi Bridge1

Meganebashi Bridge (“spectacles bridge”) was built in 1634 and is the oldest wooden arched bridge in Japan. Reflections here look like glasses, so the bridge is called Meganebashi Bridge (“spectacles bridge”).

Nagasaki Meganebashi Bridge2

Nagasaki Meganebashi Bridge3

Turkey rice for dinner

I had a dinner at “Kitchen Seiji”, a western food restaurant.

The restaurant was built about 50 years ago and tram is used as its exterior.Nagasaki Kitchen Seiji1

Inside the restaurant.Nagasaki Kitchen Seiji2

I ordered Turkey rice, which is one of the local dishes in Nagasaki.Nagasaki Kitchen Seiji Turkey rice

After dinner, I started to watch Nagasaki Lantern Festival and I will write about it in the next article.

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about Oura Cathedral, Glover Garden, Confucian Shrine, Dutch slope and Meganebashi Bridge as part of day 2. In Minami-Yamate/Higashi-Yamate area where Oura Cathedral, Glover Garden, Confucian Shrine and Dutch slope are located, I enjoyed different cultures such as Japanese, Chinese and Dutch at a time 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Nagasaki Lantern Festival.

[Related Link]
NAGASAKI official visitor guide (English)
VISIT NAGASAKI (English)
Glover Garden (English)


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