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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.

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Attractions

Current

Former

Future

Entertainment

Current

  • Matsuriza (1995-2020) (2021-)

Former

  • Miyuki (1999-2013)

Restaurants

Shopping

Trivia

  • There were originally plans to build a Mt. Fuji roller coaster, but Kodak (who sponsored Journey Into Imagination at the time) vetoed 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
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World Celebration
Spaceship EarthImagination! (Journey into Imagination with FigmentImageWorks: The What-If Labs) • Odyssey (The EPCOT Experience Center)
World Nature
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 2022)

Seasonal: Living with the Land: Merry and Bright Nights

World Discovery
Mission: SPACETest TrackWonders of Xandar (Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Opening in 2022)) • PLAY! (Animation Academy (Opening in 2022))
World Showcase
Mexico Pavilion (Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros) • Norway Pavilion (Frozen Ever After) • China Pavilion (Reflections of ChinaWondrous China (Opening on December 1, 2021)) • Germany PavilionItaly PavilionThe American AdventureJapan PavilionMorocco PavilionFrance Pavilion (Impressions de FranceBeauty and the Beast Sing-AlongRemy's Ratatouille Adventure) • International GatewayUnited Kingdom Pavilion (Mary Poppins (Coming Soon)) • Canada Pavilion (Canada: Far and Wide (Reopening on November 21, 2021)) • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (Opening in 2022)
Resorts
Disney's Yacht Club ResortDisney's Beach Club ResortDisney's BoardWalk ResortDisney's BoardWalk VillasDisney's Caribbean Beach ResortDisney's Riviera Resort
Current Entertainment
HarmonioUS
Former Attractions and Entertainment
Future World
Universe of EnergyJourney Into Imagination (Journey Into ImaginationUpstairs Image WorksMagic JourneysCaptain EO) • Imagination! (Honey, I Shrunk the AudienceCaptain EO TributeJourney 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) • SplashtacularThe Living SeasInnoventions

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

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