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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Its an amazing place that takes you, for real, to Japan. I recommend it for everyone who likes nature and beauty. If I have the chance I'll visit again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The Japanese garden er very pretty and well made, but the price of 7$ is very expensive considering you can walk through it in 2minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

My wife and I were married here at this beautiful garden. The staff was so pleasant to work with and our coordinator Genivieve was outstanding. From immacualte landscape to simple serene beauty and some koi fish feeding for our kids this site is a must see in Philadelphia and won't break your wallet either.

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Audubon, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Fun to tour this really unusual place Grounds are beautifully groomed. Great to learn about Japanese customs. Tour only takes an hour but there is much to see in Fairmount Park, Smith Memorial, whispering benches all within 5 minutes of this attraction. Go.

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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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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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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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Address: Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone Number: 215-878-5097
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > Fairmount Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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