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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

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Address: Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone Number: 12158785097
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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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Great activity for a beautiful day outside

The Japanese House is so beautiful. The staff were very knowledgeable. There are several other things to do right outside the gardens.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Melissa W
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Trenton, New Jersey
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Trenton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The Japanese House is so beautiful. The staff were very knowledgeable. There are several other things to do right outside the gardens.

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We met a young Chinese couple on our trip to Shofuso Gardens. The young man was very knowledgeable about the Japanese Culture and made the visit even more informative and interesting. The garden is quite lovely and they have a cute little gift shop where I was able to purchase adorable little chop stick holders! Fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend coming from New York was actually the one who wanted to visit the Japanese Gardens. We all had such fun visiting the place. Every corner of the property is a new photo opportunity waiting to happen. Feed the koi in the pond. It was a highlight of the trip. Also spend some time just sitting and staring out... More 

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NJ, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful grounds and original house. Was first exhibited in the MoMa and transferred to Philly. Surrounding gardens are peaceful and fun to walk in. Pleasant even in a hot day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time at the Japanese house and garden. It's a very cool place, you can spend about an hour total walking in the garden as well as going inside the Japanese house. Nice setting for good pictures, too.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Shofusu Japanese House and Garden was a lovely place for a brief stroll. But, beware- this is about a 1 hour activity. Though much more impressive, the house and "gardens" are approximately the size of my neighbors yard.

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Beautiful gardens and house. The docents are friendly and knowledgeable. A great way to spend time during a visit to memorable Fairmount Park. A must see !

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Thank blueize2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Very scenic and tranquil atmosphere in Fairmount Park. Easy enough to get to. Informative yet not overwhelming-you are able to walk around and see what you want to know.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Don't miss this little gem of a place, beautiful house and gardens, very reasonable entrance fee, it is just a little further on from the Touch Museum. Having visited Japan and seen many gardens this compares very well in this small setting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed visiting this small but beautiful garden with my husband today. We got free admission for being active duty military. The staff was very pleasant and we thought the short tour was helpful. It is a pretty place to take photos and enjoy the scenery. You won't need more than an hour to take it all in. Very pleasant and... More 

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