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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131 (Fairmount Park)
215-878-5097
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Ranked #81 of 288 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Architectural Buildings, Performances
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Shofuso Japanese House & Garden is a nice small Japanese house with a surrounding garden and fish pond. The house itself includes 7-8 rooms, most of which do not contain almost anything. The house of the tour takes less than 10 minutes. The Garden also is very small and takes 5-10 minutes. I would recommend this attraction either to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. While the garden is not very large, the arrangement is very impressive and the whole place is very relaxing. The staff are very helpful and offer assistance and explanations at any moment. There are frequent shows/lectures about Japanese practices such as dance and tea ceremony. Sitting by the lake can be a very relaxing experience and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Excellently maintained Japanese House and Garden. Our 4 and 9 year old enjoyed feeding the koi and we really liked the house itself. A inspiration and must see if you are interested in Japanese architecture and landscaping.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Shofuso is one of the most beautiful places in Philadelphia--or anywhere. You can enjoy a tour of a house, made for exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, designed in the style of 17th century Japan. The house was actually built in Japan and moved to New York, then to Philadelphia. It is surrounded by a gorgeous... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We visited as a family with 2 kids and had to cough up $24. The house was quite small The garden is small as well and you can see it all just from walking around the gate. The only interesting part was feeding the KOI. But, I doubt it is worth the price. While we were there, there was nothing... More

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I run trips for our members at the museum I work for. Our group of 33 went to Shofuso yesterday and it was wonderful!!! We received a tour of the house, both tour guides, Derek and Terry were so knowledgeable and engaging. Afterward, our group enjoyed the beautiful garden. Such a wonderful place everyone should visit, and such a pleasure... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I come here to enjoy the beautiful original Japanese house. They do not build them Like this anymore even I Japan. Take the tour, let the enthusiastic guide educate you. You will learn so much. Great for the whole family.

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We had a car, otherwise it would be remote. This garden is really worth the trip. It's an experience combined with experts who discuss the architecture and lifestyle. Every family member loved it for different reasons. We felt transported to another time and pace of life. We went in mid March, but I think it would be lovely in each... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This place is small, far less than city block in area but in very well maintain and worth the pop in 30 minute visit if ou are already in the are visitng the Zoo or Mann Music center which this sits between.

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We learned a lot about Japanese customs here. A tour guide was at our disposal if we had some questions and we sure had some. The Japanese live simply and enjoy serenity and respect. The garden was truly a living portrait of what Japan is all about. The rocks symbolized the mountains. The pond the rivers and ocean. The trees... More

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