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The Japan Pavilion is part of the World Showcase in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Layout

The Japan pavilion is made up of buildings surrounding a courtyard. The entrance to the courtyard features a Japanese Pagoda, modeled after the Horyuji Temple in Nara, whose five levels represent the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind and sky in Buddhist teachings. The torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine decorates the water in front of the pavilion. The area is filled with Japanese pools and gardens. At the end of the courtyard is the gate to a replica of Shirasagi-jo, a 17th century Japanese fortress in Himeji, complete with a moat, which leads to a display of Japanese culture.
Epcot 5-Level Pagoda

Attractions

Current

Former

 Future

Entertainment

Former

  • Miyuki (1999-2013)
  • Matsuriza (1995-March 15, 2020)

Restaurants

Shopping

Trivia

  • There were original plans to build an Mt. Fuji roller coaster, but Kodak (who sponsored Journey Into Imagination then) opposed to the project due to name similarities with its main competitor.
  • Another planned attraction for the pavilion was a clone of a pre-existing attraction: Meet the World from Tokyo Disneyland but was ultimately dropped due to various problems within the development of the structure itself.
  • A Bullet Train Simulator featuring Japan's iconic kaiju Godzilla was at one point even considered. However, Disney was unable to acquire the rights from Toho; who at the time were incredibly strict on the use of Godzilla outside of Japan.

Gallery



v - e - d
New epcot logo
World Celebration (Coming Soon)
Spaceship EarthImagination! (Journey into Imagination with FigmentImageWorks: The What-If Labs) • The EPCOT Experience Center
World Nature (Coming Soon)
The Land (Awesome Planet Soarin' Around the WorldLiving with the Land) • The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Turtle Talk with Crush) • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana (Opening in 2021)
World Discovery (Coming Soon)
Mission: SPACETest TrackGuardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Opening in 2022) • PLAY! (Animation Academy (Opening in Summer 2021))
World Showcase
Mexico Pavilion (Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros) • Norway Pavilion (Frozen Ever After) • China Pavilion (Reflections of ChinaWondrous China (Opening in 2021)) • Germany PavilionItaly PavilionThe American AdventureJapan PavilionMorocco PavilionFrance Pavilion (Impressions de FranceBeauty and the Beast Sing-AlongRemy's Ratatouille Adventure (Opening in 2021)) • International GatewayUnited Kingdom Pavilion (Mary Poppins (Coming Soon)) • Canada Pavilion (Canada: Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360) • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (Opening in Fall 2020)
Resorts
Disney's Yacht Club ResortDisney's Beach Club ResortDisney's BoardWalk InnDisney's BoardWalk VillasDisney's Caribbean Beach ResortDisney's Riviera Resort
Current Entertainment
HarmonioUS (Opening in Fall 2020)
Former Attractions and Entertainment
Future World
Universe of EnergyImagination! (Journey Into ImaginationUpstairs Image WorksMagic JourneysHoney, I Shrunk the AudienceCaptain EOJourney Into Your Imagination) • Ellen's Energy AdventureHorizonsWorld of MotionWonders of Life (Body WarsCranium CommandGoofy About HealthThe Making of Me) • CommuniCoreThe Land (SymbiosisKitchen KabaretFood RocksCircle of Life: An Environmental Fable) • Splashtacular • The Living Seas • Innoventions

World Showcase
China Pavilion (Wonders of China) • Norway Pavilion (Maelstrom) • Mexico Pavilion (El Rio del Tiempo) • Canada Pavilion (O Canada!) • IllumiNationsIllumiNations 25IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthAgent P's World Showcase AdventureKim Possible World Showcase Adventure
Seasonal: Millennium VillageTapestry of NationsEpcot Forever

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