Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center

Shofuso Japanese Garden

Jeff Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

STAMP Hours

Wednesday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

About Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center

Shofuso is a traditional-style Japanese house and garden that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia. The house was designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura and was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials. It was exhibited at the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in New York before moving to West Fairmount Park in 1958, the site of several previous Japanese structures dating to the 1876 Centennial Exposition. In 2007, international artist Hiroshi Senju, inspired by the garden’s waterfall, donated 20 contemporary murals to Shofuso, which are permanently displayed inside the house.

This historic site and museum includes a hill and pond garden with a tiered waterfall, island, and koi fish, a tea garden featuring a traditional tea house, and a courtyard garden leading to a bathhouse. Free tours of Shofuso are available to daily visitors; in addition, special events including tea ceremony demonstrations, cultural celebrations, and musical performances take place monthly at the house and garden. For a schedule of special events, visit japanphilly.org.

Location

Horticultural Dr and Lansdowne Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Getting There

SEPTA bus route 38 from Center City or the Wissahickon Transfer Station takes you closest to Shofuso, at the intersection of Belmont Avenue and Montgomery Drive. Once there, Head south on Belmont Ave toward Avenue of the Republic. Turn left on Avenue of the Republic, walking toward the Please Touch Museum and the Carousel House. A sign for the Shofuso footpath will be on your left. Turn left on the footpath. Shofuso will be straight ahead.

The Philly PHLASH also offers transportation: take the shuttle from any pickup point in Center City or West Philadelphia to stop number #16 at the Please Touch Museum. Walk 100 yards to the left, and you will see a sign for the Shofuso footpath on your left. Turn left on the footpath. Shofuso will be straight ahead.

GPS Coordinates
+39°58’53.04″, -75°12’46.08″

Driving Directions
Take Exit 341 from I-76 (the Schuylkill Expressway).
Head west on Montgomery Drive
Turn left onto Belmont Mansion Drive (at the sign for the Horticultural Center and the Japanese House and Garden)
Slight left onto Horticultural Drive (pass through the black iron gate)
Turn right to stay on Horticultural Drive (follow the drive around the greenhouses to the Japanese House)
Park in our free parking lot

For further assistance, call Shofuso’s visitor services at 215-878-5907.

Accessibility

Because Shofuso reflects the conditions of seventeenth-century Japan, it is ADA compliant, but not ADA accessible. Sections of the house may not be accessible to users of mobility devices. Walkers, canes, and prosthetic devices are permitted in the house so long as they have rubber tips or are covered in a soft protective bootie to preserve our historic flooring.

Service animals who have been trained to work or perform certain tasks are allowed at Shofuso. Due to the historic nature of the house, service animals are only permitted in the garden. For more information, please see Title II of the ADA.

Snack/Shop

Shofuso offers a gift shop with small gifts and toys, tea cups and bowls, chopsticks and rests, books about Japan for all ages, and other gifts. No outside food or drink is permitted inside of Shofuso, and there is no snack shop. Guests are permitted to eat outside the house’s gates.

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