Japan has no giant attractions (like Germany, a show building was erected but never filled with its intended ride), but its shopping and dining are exemplary, and the outdoor garden behind the pagoda is a paragon of peace. Hopefully, you can be there during one of the shows (check your “Times Guide”): the spectacularly thunderous Matsuriza taiko drum shows, which are held at the base of the five-level Goju-no-to pagoda. (If you’re looking for longtime candy artist Miyuki, she recently retired.) At the back of the pavilion, go inside and turn left to tour the Bijutsu-kan Gallery. Its most recent show was about the Japanese affection for sprites, pixies, and cute characters. A red torii gate inspired by one in Hiroshima sits in the lagoon; the barnacles on its base are fake, and were glued on to simulate age.
Fun Stuff to Buy: The Mitsukoshi Department Store, named for the 300-year-old Japanese original, is the most fun to roam of all the World Showcase shop. It stocks a wide variety of toys, chopstick sets ($4–$13), traditional wood sandals (from $50), linens, anime figures, and paper fans, calligraphy supplies, countless solar-powered hand-waving cute things, antique kimonos costing up to $2,000—but I love Japanese snacks, such as chocolate-dipped Pocky sticks ($3–$5).