Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park
2016 Seasonal Dates: March 26 – October 31, 2016
The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden offers serenity both indoors and out within the western section of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden reflect the history of Japanese culture in the city.
Visitors are invited to tour the house and feed the koi fish that swim in a pond under a 75-year-old weeping cherry tree, as well as to explore the beautiful garden landscape which expands beyond an acre of land.
Shofuso also invites the public to special annual events, festivals and tea ceremonies held throughout the year. A calendar with the full line-up of happenings can be viewed by clicking the button below.
First established as a Japanese-style landscape for the 1876 Centennial Exposition, the current garden was designed by Sano Tansai in 1958 when the authentic shoin-style Japanese house was moved here from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. For Philadelphia’s 1976 Bicentennial celebration, the garden was extensively renovated by Nakajima Kenji in the authentic Momoyama style of early 17th-century Japan.
Become a member of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and you can come as often as you please at no charge as well as participate in special members-only events.
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- General Ulysses S. Grant
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- Smith Memorial Arch and Whispering Benches
- Mann Center for the Performing Arts
- John B. Kelly (The Rower)
- Playing Angels
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