Fodor's Expert Review Shofuso Japanese House

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This replica of a 16th-century guesthouse was reassembled here in 1958 after being exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 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, for which reservations are required.

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N. Horticultural Dr. and Lansdowne Dr.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19131, USA


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Rate Includes: $7, Mon.-Tues., Not wheelchair accessible

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