Update on Shofuso's Opening Date and Ongoing Projects

As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia has decided to delay the opening of the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center until further notice, dependent on updated standards. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is always our top priority, and so we are using this time to continue and complete a Shofuso pond restoration project and general house maintenance. [Read our full statement here.]


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 Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm

November through December 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 info@japanphilly.org

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