The Japan Pavilion is part of the World Showcase in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
LayoutThe 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.
- Kidcot Fun Stops-Japan
- Miyuki (1999-2013)
- Matsuriza (1995-March 15, 2020)
- 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.
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