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Address: Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone Number: 215-878-5097
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Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: Tour our house, view our garden and feed our koi! Shofuso Japanese House...
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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this place is stunning. I bought my ticket off of groupon for my boyfriend and I so the price was just right. Very relaxing. you could technically walk through this place in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Tough to find and parking was confusing. The house and gardens are small. Even though it was very tranquil and very unique I didn't think it was worth the high admission price

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

this place is stunning. I bought my ticket off of groupon for my boyfriend and I so the price was just right. Very relaxing. you could technically walk through this place in 4 minutes but if you actually spend the time to relax here and feed the fish and turtles or just sit outside it is a wonderful relaxing experience.... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Tucked away behind the Please Touch Museum is the Shofuso Japanese house and garden, sitting on little more than an acre of land. A docent will gladly take you through the house and explain its construction and history or you can watch a film and read the informative cards for each room. Some summer campers were there when we visited... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Nestled in West Fairmount Park is one of the most tranquil places you will visit. Bring socks, as you are asked to take off your shoes before entering the house. Elsbeth, our docent, gave us an excellent tour (but you must ask for a tour....they are not pushy). We watched some children happily feeding the koi. They are currently conducting... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a great spot to visit and take a peaceful afternoon. The surrounding park and gardens are great as well. Perfect for touring and having a picnic there.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Great place for all, beautiful design, serene, Huge koi that you can feed, set aside on Fairmount park, also archaeological dig going on across the street , digging up remains from 1876 worlds fair Japanese Bazaar. Bring a Frisbee, play on grounds of horticultural center right next door.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Shofuso is the 3rd rated Japanese garden in the Us behind Portland, OR and the Anderson Garden in Illinois. Though small, the house is authentic having been transferrred from Japan. It is a peaceful and full of serenity. Actually, one of the best times to visit is when it is raining - to see the rain cascade off the roof... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Even though the day was quite hot, the little house had an enclosed courtyard and overhanging roof, so it was very cool and comfortable. After you remove your shoes and don socks, you enter the house and view rooms such as the kitchen, the bath house, the 15 (12?) mat room that serves as the gathering space. They give tea... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I would come back here every day haha. It is so beautiful and I love the koi fish. I think its lame that you pay to feed their fish.......but whatever. It is still very pretty and a must see.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The place itself is peaceful and interesting to stop by. Hard to get there by public transportation, as the drivers in the PHLASH could not inform us which direction to take from the bus stop. The workers in the kid's museum did not know exactly where to go either. It is advertised everywhere (magazines, touristic itineraries), but direction signs along... More 

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