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 Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the installation of its contemporary paintings in 2007.

Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials and exhibited in the courtyard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was moved to Philadelphia in 1958, to the site of several previous Japanese structures dating to the 1876 Centennial Exposition. In 2007, internationally renowned artist Hiroshi Senju, inspired by our waterfall, donated 20 murals to Shofuso. A viewing garden with koi pond and island, a tea garden, and a courtyard garden comprise the 17th century-style Japanese walled and fenced garden of this historic site and museum.


Lansdowne and Horticultural Drives
West Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA, 19131‎
(215) 878-5097


$6: Adults,$3: Senior citizens,$3: Children 3-17,$3:  Students with College ID

Members and children under 3 are admitted free.

Tours of the house can be provided based on staff availability.

Because Shofuso reflects conditions of seventeenth-century Japan, it is not easily accessible to users of wheelchairs, walkers, or canes. Please contact us before your visit to make special arrangements. We are not handicap accessible.

Groups of more than 10 persons need to make reservations. For availabilities, please email  You can download our group tour reservation form here: Group Tour Reservation Form.  For more information, check out our Group & School Tours page.


April: Weekends 11am to 5pm

May through September:
Wednesday through Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm

October: Weekends 11am to 5pm.

In April and October we are available during the week for pre-booked groups of 10 or more.


Shofuso is located on the grounds of the Horticulture Center, in West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.


Take the Montgomery Drive exit (Exit 341) from I-76 (the Schuylkill Expressway). Turn west on Montgomery and take the first left at the sign for the Horticultural Center and the Japanese House & Garden; pass through the gate and follow Horticultural Drive around the greenhouses to the Japanese House. Park behind the Japanese House complex. The Horticulture Center may also be entered from Belmont Avenue by turning east onto Montgomery Drive.

Public Transportation

Take SEPTA bus 38 or the Philly PHLASH to the Please Touch Museum. The Japanese House is a five minute walk behind Memorial Hall, left on Lansdowne Drive and through the iron gates.