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Address: Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone Number: 215-878-5097
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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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

Tour our house, view our garden and feed our koi! Shofuso Japanese...

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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closed for the winter but still worth a view if going to the touch museum

I can't walk comfortably so after finding and taking the phlash bus all the way there not being able to use the rest room at the touch museum without paying $18 admission I was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
New Jersey

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New Jersey
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198 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't walk comfortably so after finding and taking the phlash bus all the way there not being able to use the rest room at the touch museum without paying $18 admission I was disappointed walking through their parking lot and all the way around the house to find it closed for the winter. The park is beautiful and you... More 

1 Thank travaillour
Miramar Beach, Florida
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93 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This house is in West Fairmount Park and it a very beautiful 17th century Japanese style house and gardens. There is a nice lake with small waterfalls and the gardens are very well kept. There is a guided tour but the walking tour is just as informative and you can go at your own pace. It is not a large... More 

Thank firedog1013
Whyalla, Australia
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227 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Thhis was easily accessable by the free bus (cheap if you are not a pensioner/elder) Worth a visit, very tranquil and well maintained. The area in fact is nice but a little out of the way but worth it. They should sell drinks or coffee/tea there. Give it a try if you have time.

Thank JSVx
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Shofuso is a lovely garden. However, it is VERY SMALL and admission is expensive. It is not worth a special trip.

Thank Karen W
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111 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

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

Thank bearcj
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Thank Lizzy U
New York City, New York
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43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Barbara G
New Jersey
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14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Maureen H
Marietta, Georgia
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank trtosca
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

Thank Rick S

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