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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
+1 215-878-5097
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Origami cranes

The Shofuso house was nice, but not sure it was worth the Uber ride and cost of admission. They... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The least exciting Japanese garden i have seen

A pond with a few goldfish does not make a Japanese garden! This might be exciting as an "American... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Canberra, Australia
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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 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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  • Average14%
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Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Fairmount Park
+1 215-878-5097
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Shofuso house was nice, but not sure it was worth the Uber ride and cost of admission. They offered an arts and crafts table, which was fun for young and old alike. On Saturdays, the conservatory closes at 3 p.m. The labeling of the...More

Thank mlraver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A pond with a few goldfish does not make a Japanese garden! This might be exciting as an "American Japanese" garden ie someone who hasn't seen much of the outside world might think the world of it. To be fair if you are looking for...More

Thank TravZ_Canb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We asked Candice if she would guide us through the house and she was exceptional! Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, passionate about the house and gardens, answered all of our questions. We will come back for a tea demonstration as this would be a unique and genuine...More

1  Thank 690CT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was such a wonderful find! We ended up spending almost 2 hours here. We walked around a little bit and then joined one of the small tour groups going around. Jill was very informative and the information really helped enrich our experience and understanding....More

2  Thank smorgan865
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for peace of mind inside Philadelphia this is your place, nice and well groomed garden and polite staff , you can feed the amazing fishes and enjoy the quiet.

Thank francesco b
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Nice place to visit with friends, family or solo. So serene. Great for meditation or simply read a book with a nice view. They have flower arrangement on certain days.

Thank Lia L
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is just amazing, this Japanese house is very well maintained, and I've absolutely loved the guided tour. This is a real gem for the City of Philly, the only shame it is based on the edge of the city. A voyage though Japanese...More

1  Thank Claudio L
Reviewed 15 May 2017

You can visit Shofuso in less than 30 minutes and see everything. But that's not the point. Shofuso is about relaxing and contemplation. If you expect to be loud and quick, do the rest of us a favor and stay away. The garden is small...More

2  Thank James F
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

It's a nice place with a soothing environment. Gives a great pleasure for those who want some calmness and Japanese flavour. Take off your shoes when entering inside. Surrounded by a nice park. Those who have kids the Please touch museum is just round the...More

1  Thank Nafiz M
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Ok first of all this is $10 per person and it takes about 5 minutes to see the garden and the house. It is well taken care of, but its super small. its very pretty but again small. I was unprepared for the size.

Thank Ahahn063
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5 May 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.
5 May 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.
7 July 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.