Educational Resources for Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

The Japan Pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World is an amazing experience for all of the senses. The beautiful architecture. The traditional Japanese music. Even the wonderful smells coming from the restaurants. And there are so many educational resources about Japan. If you have children who want to learn more about the cultures represented in World Showcase, there are plenty of educational resources for Epcot’s Japan Pavilion.

Japan pavilion pagoda at Epcot.

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Educational Resources for Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

Right next to the American Pavilion sits the picturesque Japan Pavilion. It is filled with beautiful examples of Japanese architecture, landscaping, and culture.

It’s amazing how the sights and sounds of the World Showcase pavilions can make you feel like you are really there!


Like other World Showcase pavilions, the Japan Pavilion is filled with beautiful architecture. The red torii gate, modeled after a 16th century shrine on Miyajima, sits along the World Showcase Lagoon. The blue five-story pagoda is a replica of a shrine originally built in the 7th century.

Japan pavilion torii gate at Epcot.


Throughout the entire pavilion, beautiful gardens, trees, and koi ponds all work together to transport visitors across the Pacific Ocean.

Trees featured at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot.


Head on over to the Bijutsu-kan Gallery to see “Kawaii: Japan’s Cute Culture.” You’ll soon discover how kawaii is rooted deep in Japan’s Shinto past and how it’s become an important part of Japanese culture—and a new form of self-expression.

Kawaii exhibit at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot.

Educational Resources for Epcot’s Japan Pavilion at Home

When you are not in the park, you can use this fun Epcot pavilion as inspiration for learning at home. Give these fun activities and books a try.

Crafts and Activities to Learn About Japan

It only takes a few basic supplies to make these beautiful salt watercolor koi fish from The Crafty Classroom.

Would you like to introduce your child to sushi, but they want nothing to do with fish? It’s a Keeper has a great suggestion. Make peanut butter and jelly rolls!

Little learners can have fun too with this Japan in a box sensory bin from My Small Potatoes.

The Crafty Classroom has easy to follow instructions for making an adorable carp kite craft.

Children can learn all about Japan and its symbols with this Japan for kids printable book from 123 Homeschool for Me.

Books About Japan

Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns, and Stars! by Betty Reynolds teaches children about many Japanese traditions.

Children can follow along with a year in the life of a young child living in Tokyo in I Live in Tokyo by Mari Takabayashi.

Toddlers can learn all about Japanese nature in The Tiny Traveler: Japan (A Nature Book) by Misti Kenison.

Children of all ages will enjoy the beautifully illustrated tales in Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories by Florence Sakade.

My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book by Michelle Haney Brown introduces young children to the Japanese language.

What is it like to live in Japan for a few months? Older readers can find out in My Awesome Japan Adventure: A Diary About the Best 4 Months Ever! by Rebecca Otowa.


  1. Can’t wait for your next country in this series! I just realized I skipped over this one! Glad I came back and found it. The peanut butter and jelly sushi is fantastic!

  2. I love this post!! We live in a military community and our neighbors just moved to Japan 🙁 Great things here to teach the kids about where their friend lives now.

    1. I’m so glad you can find a fun way to use these resources. EPCOT is just plain awesome that way!

  3. Great series! We love having the Cast Members write our kids’ names in Japanese. They’re amazed at how different it looks! Can’t wait for the next one!

  4. Those flying fish are so cute! And I love the PB&J sushi! That’s probably the only way I will ever try sushi!

  5. I am loving this Epcot series – I’m saving all of your posts for our trip next year so I can help the kiddos learn all about the different countries.

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