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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
+1 215-878-5097
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Just ok

If you are looking for peace of mind inside Philadelphia this is your place, nice and well groomed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
francesco b
via mobile

Nice place to visit with friends, family or solo. So serene. Great for meditation or simply read a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lia L
via mobile
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Tour our house, view our garden and feed our koi! Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the installation of its contemporary paintings in 2007.Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials and exhibited in the courtyard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was moved to Philadelphia in 1958, to the site of several previous Japanese structures dating to the 1876 Centennial Exposition. In 2007, internationally renowned artist Hiroshi Senju, inspired by our waterfall, donated 20 murals to Shofuso.A viewing garden with koi pond and island, a tea garden, and a courtyard garden comprise the 17th century-style Japanese walled and fenced garden of this historic site and museum.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Fairmount Park
+1 215-878-5097
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for peace of mind inside Philadelphia this is your place, nice and well groomed garden and polite staff , you can feed the amazing fishes and enjoy the quiet.

Thank francesco b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit with friends, family or solo. So serene. Great for meditation or simply read a book with a nice view. They have flower arrangement on certain days.

Thank Lia L
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is just amazing, this Japanese house is very well maintained, and I've absolutely loved the guided tour. This is a real gem for the City of Philly, the only shame it is based on the edge of the city. A voyage though Japanese...More

Thank Claudio L
Reviewed 15 May 2017

You can visit Shofuso in less than 30 minutes and see everything. But that's not the point. Shofuso is about relaxing and contemplation. If you expect to be loud and quick, do the rest of us a favor and stay away. The garden is small...More

1  Thank James F
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

It's a nice place with a soothing environment. Gives a great pleasure for those who want some calmness and Japanese flavour. Take off your shoes when entering inside. Surrounded by a nice park. Those who have kids the Please touch museum is just round the...More

Thank Nafiz M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Ok first of all this is $10 per person and it takes about 5 minutes to see the garden and the house. It is well taken care of, but its super small. its very pretty but again small. I was unprepared for the size.

Thank Ahahn063
Reviewed 18 April 2017

$10 per person is too expensive. My teens like the koi fish and walking thru the house. Great spot to visit during the week when it's not crowded. It was too busy Easter weekend to enjoy the garden. The gardens appears to be much larger...More

Thank amorrison22
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Other than the $10/person admission charge, the Japanese garden is definitely a not to miss site within the Philadelphia area. It's small, yet very nicely maintained. The cherry blossom around the garden make it so beautiful to just walk around the Fairmont Park.

Thank Alison C
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We went there the day before the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. The garden is tiny, as other reviewers have noted, but I think $10/ person is a ripoff. I'm from Japan, I've been to plenty of temples/ shrines/ gardens in Japan that would charge you...More

1  Thank shibadogluvrr
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I have been looking forward to visiting Shofuso during the Spring to enjoy the cherry blossoms. I was surprised with the amount of trees in bloom in Fairmount Park alone. The drive to the Japanese Garden was quite nice. The garden itself was a bit...More

Thank melemc
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Is it safe and enjoyable to walk from the garden through the park to the Mann Center for a afternoon concert ?
5 May 2017|
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Response from MrSaturn64 | Reviewed this property |
It's safe, provided you're safe. Fairmount Park does have rough sections to it, but the south side of it is not one of them. Take your typical amount of urban caution, and you should be fine.
planning on visiting garden then walking though the park to the Mann Center for the "Reggae in the Park " concert .Is this a safe and enjoyable walk?
5 May 2017|
Response from TommyBoy94 | Reviewed this property |
Only if it is light outside and you have plenty of company. Otherwise, be very careful out there.
Can I get married there? A no nonsense ceremony with magistrate?
8 July 2015|
Response from Chris I | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can! My wife and I were just wed there in April actually. Genevieve was the person who coordinated everything for us from their staff.