I hope you have your walking shoes on today because we are going to take a rather long and leisurely walk together through the beautiful Japan pavilion. If you've never been or never taken the time to explore the pavilion then you are in for a treat.
This is a place to get out of the sun, relax and escape to a beautiful far off land. The Japan pavilion has a beautiful hillside garden with walkways and ponds. The shops are full of items sure to temp you, the breathtaking architecture of the buildings, the outstanding dining options and the very popular entertainment are not to be missed.
So, with that said, I think it's time to start our walk. Come along and let's enjoy the Japan pavilion together.
We start as we walk into the pavilion from Morocco. One of the first things you see from a distance is the Goju-no-to pagoda. It has just been refurbished and looks just beautiful!
The Torii Gate, birdhouses and garden let you know you've entered a special place.
The big building on the right in the next two pictures is a Shishinden. It's a replica of the principle building in the Imperial Palace in Japan.
Here is a look back out towards the Torii Gate and the World Showcase Lagoon.
A close up look at the Goju-no-to pagoda. This is surely something you would expect to see if you visited Japan.
We have climbed the stair of the Shishinden to look down at the pavilion. Here you see the fish pond straight ahead.
What you see in this pictures is the Shirasagigi Castle. It's name Shirasagigi means White Egret Castle.
This sign tells us about the building we are about to see and the beautiful grounds that lead up to it.
This pond and the fish in it do attract a lot of attention.
The pond is full of Koi fish just looking to be fed.
Isn't this a beautiful picture?
Part of the hillside gardens.
There is a small pond at the top near the Yakitori House.
The Yakitori House is the counter service restaurant in Japan.
The Yakitori House is a beautiful building and in such a beautiful location.
The next couple of pictures are of the area where you place your order and of the indoor and outdoor seating.
Right next to the Koi fish pond is the Mitsukoshi kiosk. Here you can find something to drink, some Japanese snack and a few souvenirs.
Here's look at some of the merchandise for sale inside of the Mitsukoshi kiosk.
The entrance to the Shirasagigi castle is called the Nijo. It's the wood and stone archway you pass under to enter the castle.
Here I've passed under the Nijo and am now looking back out towards the Torii Gate.
The Shirasagigi castle has an impressive stone wall and is surrounded by a moat.
The is a life size bronze stature of a mounted Samurai warrior protecting the castle.
Back out in front of the pavilion, in the Shishiden, is the main entrance to the Mitsukoshi main store. Also, right next to this entrance is an elevator to take those needing assistance up to the restaurants on the second floor.
Don't you just love browsing in this store? It is filled with such beautiful items. Each time I go in I find something new to marvel at. Just a fantastic store to both browse and shop.
There is always a crowd looking to find that big pearl and make it into a fine piece of jewelry.
At the back of this shop you will find the Kidcot location.
These stairs lead to two outstanding restaurants. As I said previously, the handicap entrance is located next to the main entrance to the main store.
This is what it looks like inside the Tokyo Dining restaurant.
The Teppan Edo restaurant is one where the chef cooks the food right at your table. I do love this restaurant!
On different days you can find three different entertainers in Japan. The Matsuriza Taiko drummers, Miyuki, the Japanese Candy Art Lady and Honobono Minwa, the Japanese Storyteller. Make sure you pick up a Times Guide to find out which of these will be performing that day. All of them are great entertainment for the whole family.
If you've read my earlier blogs you already know how much I love the Matsuriza Taiko drummers. They are not to be missed!
Everyone just marvels at what this lady can do. She's pretty special! However, I wonder how many of the art she makes and gives to the children make it back home in one piece?
This is one great storyteller. Stop and listen and you just may find yourself in the story.
Whew, that was quite a walk. I sure hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I sure had lots of fun!
Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like about the Japan pavilion or what your memories of previous visits are. I love to get comments.
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Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike
The previous post in this blog was Snow White's Wishing Well.
The next post in this blog is A Walking Tour of Epcot's Morocco Pavilion.