The Holiday Season at Shofuso

NEW! Holiday House Tour: Japanese New Year正月 (shōgatsu)
Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 10am-4pm

Kagami Mochi New Years B

The Japanese House has never looked like this before! Shofuso will be decorated with ancient winter symbols like traditional Japanese greens, straw and paper ornaments, and a kagami mochi  鏡餅 (mirror rice cake), for Japanese New Year 正月 (shōgatsu). Borrow our warm slippers and tour the traditional-style Japanese house while sipping warm green tea, or visit the nationally-ranked garden, weather permitting, and experience a Japanese New Year at Shofuso for the first time.

On December 6, you can take Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Holly Trolley and visit seven park houses, including Shofuso, decorated for the season.

New Year KadomatsuTo continue the Japanese holiday fun, bring your family to Celebrate: Oshogatsu New Year’s Family Workshop on Sunday, December 14 from 1pm-3pm at Sakura Pavilion.  Learn about the holiday while creating nengajo 年賀状 (New Year postcards), otoshidama お年玉 (envelopes for New Year’s monetary gifts to children) and a mini ornament based on the kadomatsu 門松 (New Year tree).  Register in advance to ensure your family’s place at this cultural workshop.

For the first time, Shofuso is represented at the Fourth Annual Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display at the Shops at Liberty Place from November 10th – 21st.  Thanks to Samantha Ross and Katie Dyer of the Garces Group for their sweet gingerbread representation of the Japanese House.

Truth (shin)  Goodness (zen)  Beauty (bi)

These traditional Japanese values are represented by the melding of history and culture at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. Shofuso is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the installation of its contemporary paintings in 2007. Shofuso hosts over 20,000 visitors each year from more than 20 different countries.


The Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (FJHG), a private nonprofit organization, has administered, operated, funded, and preserved the city-owned site since 1982.    In 2007, FJHG installed new fusuma murals created by contemporary Japanese artist, Hiroshi Senju.  The murals, titled Waterfall, replaced those destroyed by vandals in the 1970s.

In 2012, FJHG partnered with the City of Philadelphia and renovated the 1876 Sakura Pavilion, two of four remaining buildings from the 1876 Centennial Exposition. The Sakura Pavilion project won the 2012 History In Pennsylvania Stewardship Award and now provides year-round space for programming, classes, meetings, events, receptions, and exhibitions.  The historic Sakura Pavilion anchors Shofuso in Philadelphia’s history in a new way and confirms Shofuso as the embodiment of friendship between Japan and the United States.

Named Best Hidden Tourist Attraction by Philadelphia Magazine!

Visiting Hours

Shofuso is open for our winter program schedule.
Regular visitation resumes Saturday, March 28.

April - October:
Wed - Fri 10am to 4pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm

Email: info@shofuso.com
Call: 215-878-5097

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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives
West Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA 19131
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