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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
+1 215-878-5097
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Nice place to visit

Okay, I know it would been easier to visit if it weren't the Cherry Blossom Festival, but we were... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2018
recorder
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Pineville, Missouri
Beautiful

We went during the cherry blossom festival, so it was a bit crowded. Staff was friendly and very... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
Casey9968
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Albany, New York
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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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Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Fairmount Park
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

Okay, I know it would been easier to visit if it weren't the Cherry Blossom Festival, but we were only here for two days and wanted to see the Cherry Blossoms. The Park itself was beautiful and filled with people enjoying themselves. The house and...More

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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

We went during the cherry blossom festival, so it was a bit crowded. Staff was friendly and very knowledgeable about the house. You can do a tour with someone or you can explore on your own and read the cards they have in every room....More

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

While this place can get busy during the Cherry Blossom Festival, other times it is quiet and nice. It is a small Japanese garden compared to some you might find on the West Coast, but it is very lovely.

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Reviewed September 16, 2017

Tours are available and various events of this interesting piece of Japanese Architect & Landscape. It sits in the middle of Fairmount Park and once you've toured this historical site, there's much to see & do in the area. It's a must see at least...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

I found this place on Groupon. Even if you don't use Groupon, it's worth it. If you haven't been there, I highly recommend it. The history surrounding this house is really wonderful. They have guides that will walk with you throughout the grounds and tell...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2017

i love the gardens and tea house but took us just 20 minutes to walk around there. for $10 a piece i guess i wanted to see more. they have a bridge across the pond but no one can walk across it. the koi pond...More

1  Thank Deborah M
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

Loved it! Slightly rainy day so not many people, nice tour, beautiful garden, example of traditionally hand made Japanese house.

Thank Robin M
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Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

In Fairmont park is a garden oasis with a lovely Japanese teahouse. You can feed the beautiful koi and wander the stone paths communing with nature. A worthwhile detour when in philadelphia.

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Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

We parked at the Penn Horticultural Society, not knowing the exact location of the Japanese House. It was a nice coincidence as the walk from there to the Japanese House was beautiful. The Shofuso house is small but well kept. It has a handout in...More

Thank Morella U
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

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
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dbrine
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.
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dbrine
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Response from TommyBoy94 | Reviewed this property |
Only if it is light outside and you have plenty of company. Otherwise, be very careful out there.
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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.
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