Visitor Information

Visiting our Site
Shofuso is a 1.2 acre Japanese garden listed as the third best Japanese garden in North America by Sukiya Living, and named the “Best Hidden Tourist Attraction” by Philadelphia Magazine.

Because Shofuso reflects conditions of seventeenth-century Japan, it is not accessible to wheelchairs or scooters.  Shofuso is not easily accessible to users of walkers, canes, or prosthetics, and such devices may require a soft protective covering to preserve our historic flooring. We are not handicap accessible.

Shoes are not allowed in the house, but socks or stockings are required. Shoes are required in the garden.

Guided tours of the house are available at no additional cost but are dependent on docent availability.  Groups of 10 or more require a reservation. For more information, see our Group & School Tours page.


Shofuso Map

Site Address
Lansdowne and Horticultural Drives
West Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA, 19131‎

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

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Driving Directions

Please note! Google maps incorrectly indicates which gates are accessible to the public!

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).
  • 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!

Public Transportation Directions
Shofuso is located a five-minute walk from the Please Touch Museum, on the grounds of the Horticulture Center, in West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.

  • Take Septa Bus 38, Septa Bus 40, or the PhillyPhlash to the Please Touch Museum.
  • Walk through the Please Touch Museum parking lot on the left of the building
  • Turn left onto Lansdowne Drive
  • Pass through the black iron gate
  • Shofuso will be directly ahead

Hours of Operation

Shofuso is now open to the public! Visit us Wednesday through Sunday at the following hours: 
Wednesday – Friday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED

We are available during the week for pre-booked groups of 10 or more.  For more information, please see our Group & School Tours page.

Admission Prices

$12: Adults
$8: Senior citizens
$8: Children 5-17
$8: Students with College ID
$2: ACCESS Cardholders with photo ID
Free: Members
Free: Children under 5
Free: Active duty military ID holder plus up to five family members
Group & School Tour info

Parking is free.