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Address: Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone Number: +1 215-878-5097
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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 experience provides a hidden respite in a tranquil location. The small garden is fine for meditation and the house is striking in a quiet understated way. This is definitely... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
TommyBoy94
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This experience provides a hidden respite in a tranquil location. The small garden is fine for meditation and the house is striking in a quiet understated way. This is definitely not a sight to overlook. I think little kids might get restless here as it is not a play area, so don't overstay with youngsters, but sans children you can... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss the view from the bathroom and the chains from the downspouts into the garden. Mates are com-fee to sit on....

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Thank citylove44
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

This beautiful house, unique in America, was constructed in 1953 of authentic materials as a replica of a 17th century Japanese house. Its lovely wood panels and floors are elegant. There is a small separate tea house and a bath house, as well as an interesting kitchen. The gardens are integral to the beauty of the house and the setting... More 

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Thank Gma831
Newcastle, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Well kept Japanese Garden and traditional house, tatami matting etc. Lovely and peaceful atmosphere. TIP If you visit by bus as we did, do not follow the signs, but instead walk through the car park and the black gate. But when you finish take a few minutes to go into the park - in particular the pool with fountains, community... More 

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Thank Geordiegirl_8
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Open from March - October, this little piece of authentic Japan is as tranquil as it is lovely to behold. Spring might be a favored time to visit, when the azaleas are in bloom, but all seasons will have their photographic charms. Be prepared to remove your shoes before entering the house (there's a rack for storage) as you must... More 

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Central Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

This place was smaller than we imagined, but beautiful. We took amazing photographs outside and enjoyed the waterfall art in the house. We took a few moments to sit and appreciate the surroundings. They had handmade gifts to purchase. We bought a few Keepsakes to take back to Florida.

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Thank Jennifer W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

This is a treasure that so many Philadelphian's don't even know about. The maintenance is poor to terrific depending on the year, but it is still a wonderful place to visit and "feel" Japanese. I used to go there to sit and study or just sit and think. There are many wonderful things to see and do in Fairmount Park,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Only a short distance from major roadways and traffic, the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, is an oasis of calm in the midst of West Fairmount Park’s greenery. Before the Shofuso House - shofuzo meaning Pine Breeze Villa - came to its current location, it made a brief appearance in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in NewYork... More 

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful and peaceful place... It is kinda small and may not take much time depending on your intentions but I really enjoyed it and think it's worth spending some time especially in spring!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

If you want to escape the crowds and the noise, this is a must. It's a very small Japanese garden and tea house, but walking around and viewing these grounds was worth the trip. It was nice to sit and relax on a bench in the graden and just BE. Very peaceful. Was rejuvinated when I left.

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