“Visit our House, View our Garden, 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.
If you haven't visited yet, it is a little overpriced in my opinion for $8.00 (adults) and they do ask for an extra $1.00 to maintain the home. The home was built in 1953, and is a wonderful work of architecture. The complete self-guided tour of the home is roughly 5 minutes, and you can spend another 10 to 15 minutes going though the gardens outside the home. They don't provide fish food, but the Coy fish come right up to you as well as the small turtles that live in the pond and will eat from your hands. So in my opinion $5.00 would be a more agreeable price, but still worth a look if you're into Japanese culture.
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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
- Wed - Fri: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sun, Sat: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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