Frequently Asked Questions
What does Shofuso mean?
Shofuso means “Pine Breeze Villa.” It was named by Japanese architect Junzo Yoshimura, who designed it in 1953 as part of an exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art. For more information about Shofuso, please read our History.
How much does it cost to visit Shofuso?
Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children 5-17, seniors, and students with college ID, and $2 for Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS card holders with up to four guests. JASGP members, children under 5, and active military with ID and up to five guests are free. Guided tours of the house are available at no additional cost, but are dependent on docent availability. Groups of ten or more require a reservation. For more information, visit our Group & School Tours page.
How can I get to Shofuso?
Shofuso is accessible via car, public transportation, and bus. For detailed driving directions, GPS coordinates, and directions for getting to Shofuso via Uber, Lyft, or taxi, visit our Visitor Information page.
Can I have my wedding or another private event at Shofuso?
We cannot accept any requests for weddings, retreats, or other private events, as we do not currently have the necessary staffing. At this time, we have suspended our rentals program. Although we allow engagement photos at Shofuso, we do not allow wedding photography at Shofuso, as such photo shoots are disruptive to guests.
Can I take photos or videos on site?
Photography and video shoots are allowed at Shofuso during regular hours; priority is given to non-commercial, educational, and student projects. Photographers will be chaperoned by a visitor services assistant and must be mindful of other visitors. Tripods are allowed, though they must have rubber tips, especially if they are used inside of the house. Special lighting equipment is not permitted on premises. For a more detailed list of guidelines, visit our Photo & Video Policy page.
Are the house and garden accessible to wheelchairs or scooters?
Because Shofuso reflects conditions of seventeenth-century Japan, it is not accessible to wheelchairs or scooters. Although Shofuso is not easily accessible to users of walkers, canes, or prosthetics, those devices are permitted in the house so long as they have rubber tips or are covered in a soft protective covering to preserve our historic flooring. For more information, please see Title II of the ADA.
Does Shofuso allow pets on site? What about service animals?
Pets are not allowed at Shofuso; service animals who have been trained to work or perform certain tasks are allowed. Due to the historic nature of the house, service animals are only permitted in the garden. For more information, please see Title II of the ADA.
What should I wear at Shofuso?
Please dress for the weather in seasonally-appropriate clothes, as our house is unheated. High heels and open-toed shoes are not recommended for the garden.
Shoes are not allowed in the house, but socks or stockings are required. We offer lightweight disposable socks if you are wearing sandals, and if you are unable to take off your shoes, we can provide shoe covers for you to wear inside the house. Shoes must be worn in the garden.
Can I cosplay at Shofuso?
You may wear a cosplay at Shofuso for photo or video shoots. Please be mindful of other visitors and do not bring any costume accessories or props that may damage the house or garden.
Can I eat at Shofuso?
We do not serve food on site during regular visitation days and do not permit visitors to bring in food. You are welcome to bring a picnic and eat outside in Fairmount Park.
Do you serve tea?
Shofuso hosts bi-monthly tea ceremony demonstrations through local branches of the Urasenke and Omotesenke tea schools. We also offer the opportunity to study tea ceremony with Urasenke Philadelphia, with two beginner’s sessions scheduled twice a year. Please visit our events calendar or subscribe to our newsletter for the most up to date schedule.
Do you allow drones?
Because the house is a historic site and drones pose a risk of accidentally damaging the structures, we have a strict no-drone policy.