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October 11, 2007

Shofuso: Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso: Japanese House and Garden

This place is beautiful! And in Philly, an amazing bike ride through Fairmount Park gets you there in no time. Shofuso is one of those hidden treasures that is sure to delight you once you find out about and get yourself there. Nestled in West Fairmount Park, near the Horticulture Center, around the bend from Memorial Hall, the future location of the Please Touch Museum, the tea house and garden is the perfect day-date or meditation location.

Entering the front gate you feel immediately at ease, and transported out of Philly, out of the country to Japan. Once you have paid and take your shoes off, paper booties are supplied, you are free to walk around.

Shofuso: Japanese House and Garden

The traditional 17th century shoin style house opens at the front to a beautiful garden, waterfall and all. With the garden at your back you can set your gaze on the atmospheric murals that have been permanently installed recently by Hiroshi Senju. Step out of your row home and into the park, and discover Shofuso, this month is the last month of its open season.

It can also be rented for weddings!

Open May-October
10 am – 4 pm Tuesday – Friday
11 am – 5 pm Saturday & Sunday

Admission
$5.00 Adults
$3.00 Seniors, Students with ID, Groups with reservations
Free Members

Shofuso in Fairmount Park
Belmont Ave & Montgomery Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 878-5097
info@shofuso.com
www.shofuso.com


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Annie says:

Wow. I’m embarrassed to admit that didn’t know about the Japanese House and Garden and I live here. The exterior photo threw me because it looks so authentically Japanese. Totally didn’t expect to read that it was taken in Fairmount. I’m going to check it out when I’m in the park on Saturday. Will report back my findings.

jasmin says:

I heard you can even get married there – how romantic.

Caroline says:

I know of a special gal getting married there! Way to go, LC!

dan says:

gee, i wish i knew this earlier before i my friends from california visited!

going there today.

dan says:

we went there on saturday. it’s a gem. i took several pictures of the place being careful to leave out any tell-tale signs that the pictures were taken in philadelphia. i posted them online and told my friends and family we went on a day-trip to japan and got back just in time for dinner in center city. HAH! a i fooled a few of them.

it’s worth going. good for your sanity because the place makes you feel you’re so far away from philadelphia.

Matt says:

Thanks for the kind comments-
We have regular events and activities at the house and gardens. You can join us on Facebook, or become a full fledged member of the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden to support the gardens and keep our little sanctuary open for all. Please visit us this season (May through October)
-Matt