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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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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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Shofuso Japanese house and garden

Wonderful place to unwind and relax. Come on a weekday when there is no crowd. It's pretty small place compared to gardens I've been to but this is one is a well planned authentic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2016
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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Newark, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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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Hackensack, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Absolutely beautiful landscape. Its very small, just in and around the house. We got to click lot of beautiful pictures. Spring is in full bloom. First time seeing a Japanese house. It had lot of information on traditional Japanese house. Had a quiet peaceful afternoon.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful place to unwind and relax. Come on a weekday when there is no crowd. It's pretty small place compared to gardens I've been to but this is one is a well planned authentic Japanese. It's $8 for adults to get in.

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

I hesitated going because I kept reading that it's "small" and "expensive"... but I would say I'm really glad I went. I wouldn't make a special trip for this, but if you are looking to add something to your day (or if you live close you can buy a ticket for the whole season) I think it's really worth it... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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 

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Miramar Beach, Florida
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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 

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