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A large red torii in the lagoon, as well as a tall pagoda on the land side, welcome you to the peaceful garden setting of Japan.


The Bijutsu-Kan Gallery, offering an occasionally changing display from Japanese art or culture, occupies part of what was once intended to be Japan's major attraction, Meet the World, a show about Japanese history that didn't make it to Florida but would up in Tokyo Disneyland instead.

Most recently the gallery has housed Tin Toy Stories, a display of Japanese tin toys of the sort that inspired Pixar's John Lasseter in the creation of the animated feature Toy Story.


The Mitsukoshi Restaurants offer two different table service dining spots: Tokyo Dining serves tempura and sushi, while Teppan Edo features authentic Teppan Chefs preparing chicken, steak, and seafood specialties while you watch.

Yakitori House, offers a refined setting (based on the Katsura Imperial Summer Palace) for something as crass as fast food. Offers common fast foods in Japan, that are slightly exotic for Florida. This is a good place to experiment with international fare if you're in a hurry or on a budget.


The impressive Mitsukoshi Merchandise Store, in its building designed after the Gosho Imperial Palace, is a palace of commerce full of unusual and common Japanese items for sale, from Hello Kitty T-shirts to traditional Kimonos.

Where To?

From Japan you can turn left (as you face World Showcase Lagoon) to visit Morocco or right to visit The American Adventure.

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