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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park

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Overview

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 explore the beautiful garden landscape that stretches for more than an acre.

Members of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden can visit as often as they please at no charge, as well as participate in special members-only events.

The History

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.

Don’t Miss

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden invites the public to special annual events, festivals and tea ceremonies held throughout the year.

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