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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

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Tranquility, Zen, and a new culture

My husband and I came here because we like different cultures. We found Shofuso on Groupon. In... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tuckerton, New Jersey
Hidden Gem

Price a little high for such a small place but I still say if you are an adult seeking an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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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...more
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Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131
Fairmount Park
+1 215-878-5097
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I came here because we like different cultures. We found Shofuso on Groupon. In the middle of Fairmont Park, is this small area that is surrounded by a wall. When you walk in you are brought into a different world. The main...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Price a little high for such a small place but I still say if you are an adult seeking an educational and out of the ordinary place to visit, it is worth checking out.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We heard of this lovely attraction through Groupon and decided to make the 1 hour trek to see it. I had lived in Japan before I was married. This home took me back to Kyoto! The smell of tatami rice mats and the quiet swish...More

Thank Shelly C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tranquil, peaceful, beautiful gardens with rock pathways that lead to amazing surprises. We traveled from Cape May County to Philadelphia and I cannot say it was disappointing but, would suggest that this be a pit stop rather than your only destination. After driving for an...More

Thank Julia M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building ad the gardens were very nice but not that big. We visited in September so not that much in bloom.

Thank Philip G
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

What a delight to walk through this small morsal of tranquility in Fairmont Park. Take off your shoes and soak in the fine surfaces, angles and views of this house and garden.

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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

These gardens are gorgeous. The koi are enormous. You can pay to feed them. There is a path around the house to follow to near the pond. The house has a “deck” to sit on. The house has open rooms to walk through . You...More

Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 12 July 2018

While the Japanese Zen garden is famous for blooming colors during cherry blossom, it is no less a delight at other times. In fact, as the name suggests, if you are visiting the garden to have me time or have experience peace, it is advisable...More

Thank Nitisha J
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Beautiful traditional Japanese home and garden. Allow time to enjoy the serene atmosphere and appreciate how the house and garden coexist as a continuous space. Information cards are placed around the house for visitors to learn more about each room and the objects in it....More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a peaceful retreat. However, try to avoid the crowds that arrive on the weekends. There are volunteers to explain the various rooms in the Tea House. Food can be purchased to feed the koi. Remember you need socks...More

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5 May 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.
5 May 2017|
Response from TommyBoy94 | Reviewed this property |
Only if it is light outside and you have plenty of company. Otherwise, be very careful out there.
7 July 2015|
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.