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Japan

The Japan pavilion is part of the World Showcase within Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The Japan pavilion is made up of buildings surrounding a courtyard. The entrance to the courtyard features a Japanese pagoda. A torii gate 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 Japanese castle, including a moat, which leads into a display of Japanese culture.

History[]

The Japan pavilion is one of the original World Showcase pavilions and had been in planning since the late 1970s. Many attractions have been proposed for the pavilion and one show building was built, but left unused. Meet the World was one planned attraction and was a clone of the attraction Meet the World that was once at Tokyo Disneyland. But because management thought that the Japanese film's omission of World War II might upset many Veterans, it was dropped. The show was so close to opening that the show building and rotating platform was built, but not used.

For years, Imagineers have considered building a roller coaster attraction based on Matterhorn Bobsleds from Disneyland but themed to Japan's Mt. Fuji. At one point, Godzilla or a large lizard attacking guests in their cars was considered. Fujifilm originally wanted to sponsor the ride in the early 1990s, but Kodak, a major Epcot sponsor, convinced Disney to decline the sponsorship. Another proposed attraction was a walk-through version of "Circle-Vision", in which guests would board and walk through a Shinkansen (bullet train) and look through windows (actually film screens) that showcase Japan's changing landscapes. The train would have shaken and moved like a train going through the countryside.

Current attractions[]

Former attractions[]

  • Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure
  • Mount Fuji Roller Coaster

Restaurants[]

  • Teppan Edo (formerly Teppanyaki Dining Room)
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Yakitori House

Shopping[]

  • Mitsukoshi

Entertainment[]

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