Shofuso Closed for 2020

Due to the new restrictions and guidelines put in place by the City of Philadelphia to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia is terminating Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center’s season effective immediately. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is always our top priority and we will use this time to continue planning and preparing for our programs and reopening in 2021.

We invite you to join us for upcoming virtual programs, and to catch up on recording of programs from earlier this season.

Shofuso Virtual Tours

Shofuso and Modernism: MidCentury Collaboration Between Japan and Philadelphia documentary 

Shofuso and Modernism Curator’s talk with Yuka Yokoyama and William Whitaker

Supporters who have unredeemed advance tickets for Shofuso that expire on December 13, 2020 will be able to use them when we reopen and through April 30, 2021. We thank you for your understanding in these confusing times.

Our staff is grateful for the opportunity to provide access to Shofuso and our gardens, especially this year, and your generosity has been humbling. We look forward to welcoming you to Shofuso next spring, but if you’d like to help us continue our planning and preparation for next season you can make a gift online at Your gift will directly support programs like the Cherry Blossom Festival, our virtual holiday programs like Tanabata, and more.

About Shofuso

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 23 through October:
Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm

November 7 through November 15
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

Admission Prices

$12: Adults
$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: Members
Free: Children under the age of 5
Free: Active duty military ID holder plus up to five family members

Parking is free.

Know Before You Go

Visit our FAQ and Visitor Info pages to finish planning your trip. Additional questions can be directed to

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