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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Light up the 4th of July Weekend with Parks on Tap!


THURSDAY 5 - 10PM | FRIDAY 4 - 11PM | SATURDAY 1 - 11PM | SUNDAY 12 - 10PM
*Parks on Tap will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.                                               

For more information regarding extended hours and special events this week, check out the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden website

*Please note, entry into the Parks on Tap Beer Garden is free and located just outside of the House. If you want to enter the House there is a $5 fee. No food or beverage allowed inside the house*


Shofuso Japanese House and Garden 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 present day.

The garden offers a koi pond, teahouse garden, and courtyard garden as well as the Sakura Pavilion which hosts various events.  The Japanese House and Garden was conceived as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Designed by Japanese mid-century modernist architect Junzo Yoshimura in 1953, the house was built in Nagoya, Japan using traditional materials and techniques. The house was part of “The House in the Museum Garden” series, which exhibited three different types of structures that influenced mid-century modern American architecture. Shofuso was the last structure in the exhibit and was moved to Philadelphia at its conclusion in 1954. Shofuso was reassembled at the current site in 1957-58, where there has been a continuous Japanese presence since the 1876 Centennial Exposition when the first Japanese garden in North America was installed behind a small Japanese bazaar.


  • Thur 7/5: Happy Hour from 5-7 PM with the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. 50% of the proceeds will go to support Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.
  • Thur 7/5: Join Roots2Rise from 6-7PM for free yoga in the park! Donations are encouraged and those who donate will receive a free drink ticket to use at Parks on Tap that day.
  • Sat 7/7 & Sun 7/8: Tanabata Family Weekend- Tanabata is a traditional Japanese star festival held in midsummer. Join us to tie wishes (tanzaku) to the bamboo tree, watch our giant Tanabata star ornaments swish in the breeze, and make paper cranes for good luck.


For easy and convenient directions, check out Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on GoPhillyGo HERE. There is also an Indego Bike Station available at 4601 Parkside Avenue.

Public Transportation:

Accessible via SEPTA Bus Route 38 at Lansdowne Drive and Belmont Avenue. Also via SEPTA Bus Routes 40, 43, 64 at 49th and Parkside.


The closest parking is the free parking lot located on Horticultural Drive.

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Earlier Event: June 27
Columbus Square
Later Event: July 11
Glendinning Rock Garden