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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Lovely Japanese Garden

We visited on a Sunday mid-afternoon. I was initially surprised with how small the grounds were (I... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Really a gem of a Japanese garden

If you have any interest or ongoing appreciation of Japanese gardens, this is a wonderful way to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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...more
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Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Fairmount Park
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited on a Sunday mid-afternoon. I was initially surprised with how small the grounds were (I was expecting it to be larger), but they are a break of beauty and serenity in a bustling major city. There is a small shack to pay your...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have any interest or ongoing appreciation of Japanese gardens, this is a wonderful way to see one quite close to a major metro center. They did an excellent job of space management, capturing the essence of the feel of a Japanese home and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 20, 2019

The house is a traditional Japanese house structure where you can walk around and explore different rooms. Garden is spacious and beautiful. I could sit and enjoy the serenity all afternoon. Such an amazing place.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 25, 2019 via mobile

The garden is a very beautiful and scenic place to relax. The garden is most beautiful during when the cherry blossoms are in bloom at the beginning of April. The fee is reasonable and if you want you can feed the koi fish for $2....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Shakara O
Reviewed April 16, 2019 via mobile

I visited Shofuso last Wed with my cousin and sister. It was a beautiful sunny day and the Cherry Blossoms were blooming. We went early and it was already very busy. Shofuso is a lovely place to visit and with everything starting to bloom was...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

I visit this place maybe twice a year, I would totally go more times, but I like to stretch it out a bit. I park near the horticulture center and walk through it’s courtyard to The shofuso house. The entrance is grand and reminiscent of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank P L
Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

Beautifully maintained Japanese house and garden. Very picturesque. Great place to take a stroll, the tour guides are very knowledgable, and you can even feed the koi fish. Its small but definitely worth visiting.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jennsoto55
Reviewed December 28, 2018

The place was really amazing, has a lot of nature inside. The people was very good with us, with the tourist.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jramon27
Reviewed October 7, 2018

My husband and I came here because we like different cultures. We found Shofuso on Groupon. In the middle of Fairmont Park, is this small area that is surrounded by a wall. When you walk in you are brought into a different world. The main...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Kbron2
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Price a little high for such a small place but I still say if you are an adult seeking an educational and out of the ordinary place to visit, it is worth checking out.

Date of experience: September 2018
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May 5, 2017|
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Response from MrSaturn64 | Reviewed this property |
It's safe, provided you're safe. Fairmount Park does have rough sections to it, but the south side of it is not one of them. Take your typical amount of urban caution, and you should be fine.
May 5, 2017|
Response from TommyBoy94 | Reviewed this property |
Only if it is light outside and you have plenty of company. Otherwise, be very careful out there.
July 7, 2015|
Response from Chris I | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can! My wife and I were just wed there in April actually. Genevieve was the person who coordinated everything for us from their staff.