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Japanese House Review

This reconstructed 16th-century guest house was reassembled here in 1958. The architectural setting and the waterfall, gardens, Japanese trees, and pond are a serene contrast with the busy city. The house is called Shofu-So, which means "pine breeze villa," and has a roof made of the bark of the hinoki, a cypress that grows only in the mountains of Japan. There's also 20 murals by acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist Hiroshi Senju here, as well as monthly tea ceremonies held, for which reservations are required.

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  • Address: N.Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives, W. Fairmount Park, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA, 19131 | Map It
  • Phone: 215/878–5097
  • Cost: $6 adults, $3 college students w/ID, seniors 65+, children 3-18, children under 3 are free
  • Hours: Apr.- Oct., Wed.-Fri. 10-4, weekends 11-5; weekends only in Apr. and Oct.
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  • Subway: Septa 38 bus, Please Touch Museum stop
  • Location: Fairmount Park
Updated: 05-19-2011

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