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Wander around the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Traditional-style Japanese house and garden features koi pond and structures, showcasing the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia

The entrance is brilliant and reminiscent of a 16th-century Japanese gate into a courtyard. You take a paved trail to the guest window (there is only one, so there can be quite a wait on a good day. Arrive around 11:00-11:45 to avoid crowds or long lines. After check-in, the price is reasonable for the cultural experience, you can either walk around the house or visit the koi pond. Many of the koi are huge and have beautiful colors. When you’re finished walking the ground and taking in the: many varieties of trees, pond, island and bridge (performance or ambiance purpose only for the island), a small yet meaningful waterfall, and pathways, visit a service member to get a lecture about the house. This is a great place to visit for those who enjoy cultural experiences, history, and who want to simply enjoy the picturesque scenery. It’s a great place for professional and amateur photographers to get some awesome shots. They hold tea classes once a month and have many different events throughout the year. The porch like area of the house, is great for just sitting around and taking in the scenery. A representative even stated it’s a great place to visit in rainy weather because of how the house is designed, as the water runs off of the roof and into the many waterways throughout the house grounds. All in all, everyone, from children to teens will enjoy their visit. The enclosed photo is during the first week of Spring. Cherry blossoms are scheduled beginning in April.


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