Shofuso is open for the 2021 Season
Shofuso opened for the 2021 season on Saturday, March 20 with enforced guidelines put in place by the City of Philadelphia to limit the spread of Covid-19. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is always our top priority and we ensure that a great experience still happens even with Covid-19 limitations.
Shofuso will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm, through December. Advance tickets can be purchased for contactless admission beginning in early March. Tickets can still be purchased on site. Tickets purchased for the 2021 season are valid for regular admission anytime through December 12, 2021.
Spring Starts at Shofuso! In Japan, cherry blossoms are the ephemeral marker of spring’s arrival, appreciated and admired by picnicking under the cherry trees and walking through groves and alleles of the pink blossoms. JASGP planted 1000 cherry trees from 1994 to 2004 to augment the 1600 cherry trees gifted by the Japanese government to Philadelphia in 1926.
After a difficult 2020, Shofuso welcomes Philadelphians to recover and renew by visiting Shofuso this spring and enjoying our Shofuso Cherry Blossom Viewing and Virtual Ohanami on April 10th to start Ohanami season, or cherry tree appreciation, which will include beautiful online videos, activities, demonstrations, and crafts that highlight cherry blossom culture in April. Philadelphia’s cherry trees generally bloom at the end of March through the end of April.
As in Japan, Philadelphians are invited to picnic among the sakura in bloom around Shofuso at the Horticulture Center and under many other cherry trees throughout the city, as shown here. Look for pink and white flowers near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along the Schuylkill River, in Fitler Square area near the Rosenbach Library and Museum, and on streets and parks throughout the Philadelphia region.
And don’t forget that you can run or walk in the Virtual Shofuso Cherry Blossom 10K/5K through the cherry trees around Shofuso on your own schedule! Please visit our calendar for specific dates and locations.
Will the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival be held this year?
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival will not take place in 2021, but we expect it to resume in 2022. JASGP is conducting the Shofuso Cherry Blossom Viewing, which includes socially distanced activities, including visiting Shofuso, throughout April 2021.
Designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura, Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials. It was shipped to New York and exhibited in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in New York before moving to West Fairmount Park in 1958. 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. For more details, read Shofuso's History
Hours of Operation
March 20 through October 31:
Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm
November 6 through December 12:
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
$8: Senior citizens
$8: Children 5-17
$8: Students with College ID
$2: ACCESS Cardholders with photo ID, plus up to four family members at $2 each
Free: Children under the age of 5
Free: Active duty military ID holder plus up to five family members
Free: Philadelphia High School students may use their student ID to gain entrance to the Shofuso for FREE, thanks to STAMP, a city-wide initiative led by Art-Reach. For more information, visit www.art-reach.org/STAMP
Parking is free.