Shofuso Japanese Garden Re-Opens on June 24, 2020

PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 16, 2020) — The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) is pleased to announce that the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center will re-open to the public on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. JASGP will be following CDC and City of Philadelphia guidelines to operate safely for all. Shofuso is one of the first gardens to open in Philadelphia, and, while visitors will not have access to inside of the house at this time, the doors will be open for people to see the beauty of the Japanese house.

“We are thrilled to finally welcome guests to Shofuso, once again,” said Kim Andrews, Executive Director of JASGP. “We know the gardens will be a place of respite and reflection and an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature and the significance of our gardens. Our priority will always be the safety of our guests and staff as we know this opportunity to open is a great responsibility. Following the most current guidelines, we are taking every step to ensure systems are in place and ready for us to open smoothly.”

In order to open, the following arrangements and adjustments have been made:

  • Only the Garden will be open to the public. The doors of the house will be open for viewing purposes. At this time, there is no need for shoe removal as people will not be entering the house.
  • Capacity in the Gardens will be limited at 30 people per hour. There will be someone stationed at the gate to count as people come in and leave. Tickets are on a first come, first served.
  • Everyone, including visitors over the age of 2, will be required to wear a mask. The City of Philadelphia guidelines will be followed to determine the requirements and allowances for masks as needed.
  • There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the grounds.
  • There will be two port-a-potties on the grounds that will be cleaned hourly.
  • There will be six-foot markers starting at the front gate and leading down the path with stanchions allowing people to wait in line safely.

Additionally, nearby on the grounds of the Horticultural Center, Parks on Tap, an open air beer garden with food options, will be open daily  ( Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be toilet-facilities in that area as well.

Hours of Operation for Shofuso will be Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission prices are $12 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, children age five to 17 and students with a college ID; $2 for ACCESS Cardholders with photo ID, plus up to four family members at $2 each. Members, children under the age of five and active duty military ID holder plus up to five family members are free.



About Shofuso

Shofuso is a traditional Japanese house and garden located in West Fairmount Park. 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 include 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. Shofuso is located at Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs., Philadelphia, PA 19131. For more information, including special hours and admission, visit

About Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia:

Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) is a private nonprofit organization that has brought Philadelphia and Japan closer together for more than 25 years through art, business, and culture. JASGP operates Shofuso, produces the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, and presents the US-Japan Business and Public Policy Series, as well as other arts, business, culture, and educational programming for all ages. For more information, visit


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Hope Horwitz, cell: 215-760-2884, [email protected]
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