Traditional-style Japanese house and garden features koi pond and structures, showcasing the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia
What You'll Get
- Shofuso is a 17th century-style Japanese house and nationally ranked garden that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia. Shofuso includes three garden areas, a natural pond stocked with koi, and the largest collection of murals by artist Hiroshi Senju outside of Japan.
- Adult tickets valid for customers ages 18+; child tickets valid for customers ages 5–17
- Free admission for children under the age of 5
- Free parking
- Shofuso offers free tours to all guest
Spend some time outdoors in a socially distanced setting, where we will limit visitor capacity so all can enjoy the beauty of the pond and gardens. Shofuso is open from 10am to 4pm from Wednesday through Friday and 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Following guidance from the CDC and the City of Philadelphia, we have adopted the following policies:
- Visitor capacity will be limited. Tickets are first come, first served.
- All visitors over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask.
- There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the grounds.
- At the entrance, six-foot markers will allow people to wait in line safely.
The Fine Print
About Shofuso, Japanese House & Garden
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Be prepared to remove your shoes. Visitors should wear or bring socks to tour the Japanese House.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Feeding the koi fish in the pond.
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Q&A with Kim Andrews, Executive Director
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Visitors should be prepared to remove their shoes to enter the Japanese House. Bring or wear socks, or we can provide peds.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Shofuso is the embodiment of friendship between Japan and Philadelphia from 1876 to present day.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Maintaining the Japanese garden to the highest standards.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have the third-ranked Japanese garden in North America, according to the Journal of Japanese Gardening.