Japan is one of the best architectural marvels in all of Epcot. It’s a can’t miss the beauty that will keep you entertained during your stay at the pavilion.
You can see Japan from the Epcot World Showcase Port of Entry across the lagoon and it looks just as good up close. From the pavilion, look back at the Spaceship Earth, the big ball, through the arches of the torii of Itsukushima Shrine that sits on the water’s edge. It is one of the most photographed spots in the entire park.
The entertainment is incredibly good here. At the front of the courtyard, Taiko drummers play every hour or so while storytellers provide insight into Japan’s culture.
There is a traditional Japanese sit down restaurant on the 2nd floor of the largest building. Like traditional Japanese steakhouses, the food is cooked in front of you by specialized chefs. The menu features traditional fare.
Beneath the restaurant, you will find one of the best shopping options. The Japan Mitsukoshi department store features products from Japan that include clothing, food, and so much more. Imported products from the country are hard to pass up and I have dropped my share of dollars in here.
A koi pond sits at the base of a hill that takes you up to dining tables outside of the carryout or quick cafe called the Katsura Grill. Look among the trees along the edge for a sculpture representing the histories of Japanese culture.
At the base of the hill sits a small pagoda where you can get alcoholic drinks that can be seasonal at times. These include a Tokyo Sunrise and a Violet Sake which is amazingly good and not too sweet.
In the back, as you leave the department store, there are large Japanese sculptures and here you will find Bijutsu-kan a Japanese art gallery.
The Japan Pavilion is incredibly styled with traditional architecture and it makes for a great place to sit and relax and enjoy a drink with a great view of the waterfront.
Epcot World Showcase ranking: 3 of 11