Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia

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  • While this place can get busy during the Cherry Blossom Festival, other times it is quiet and nice. It is a small Japanese garden compared to some you might find on the West Coast, but it is very love...  more »
  • Tours are available and various events of this interesting piece of Japanese Architect & Landscape. It sits in the middle of Fairmount Park and once you've toured this historical site, there's much to...  more »
  • I found this place on Groupon. Even if you don't use Groupon, it's worth it. If you haven't been there, I highly recommend it. The history surrounding this house is really wonderful. They have guides ...  more »
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  • Shofuso is an amazing, and historic, cultural treasure for Philadelphia located in a great setting in Fairmount Park. It was a gift to the United States after World War Two to symbolize peace and friendship between the two countries. Today it is a space for Japanese culture events like tea demonstrations and classes, storytelling events, celebrations of Japanese holidays, and other fascinating cultural lessons. The house itself is a bit small, so while it is always enjoyable to visit and take in the atmosphere, it would be best to visit on a day when there is a festival going on so you can take part in a cultural experience in the perfect setting.
  • Small and nice place. Guides do make this place interesting. Without guides this place is boring. 1 time visit if there us nothing else to do.
  • This was a fantastic exploration through a authentic Japanese house- both with displays and interactive art-ups. The zen garden is beautiful and with plenty of colorful eager koi fish.
  • The staff were so kind, helpful, and very informative. The gardens were beautiful, as was the house. Went in the the summer time, and plan on going again once every season because we were told it looks completely different with each season. Took my one year old son and he loved feeding the koi fish. Also very cute and reasonably priced souvenirs. Worth every penny. I was a,so told they do cultural events and I also plan on attending to one with my family. Stunning. Peaceful. Educational. Would recommend this to everyone I know.
  • Great place for pictures when you go on a slow day. The garden is small but absolutely heavenly. :)

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