SPOTLIGHT: A Closer Look At Epcot – Japan Pavilion

So far, while featuring some of the beautiful Epcot Pavilions we covered Canada and The United Kingdom. Today I’d like to spotlight one of the most “Zen” pavilions…Japan!

This country has got to be one of the coolest places to take photos! As soon as you approach, you KNOW you have arrived. A giant replica of torii gate (the original stands off the coast of Itsukushima Island in southern Japan) greets you as you cross into Japan.

The Food

There are a couple of places to dine here in Japan. Firstly Katsura Grill, a quick service with delicious options like teriyaki, sushi, chicken cutlet curry and salads. There’s  Draft beer, sake and plum wine available as well! The are with the seating is a relaxing break from the crowds.

Up a grand staircase on the other side is Teppan Edo. A sit down Teppan-yaki-style cooking where the chefs cook your meal in front of you…an amazing dining option if you are looking for a full dining experience!

The Views

If you walk along outside, you will see one of the best views of Epcot, so gorgeous!

Take a look at this beautiful five-story pagoda (goju-no-to) that’s towering over the pavilion!

There’s a small hut dedicated to Saki here as well right smack in the middle of the pavilion.


There’s a fascinating mini museum toward the very back of the pavlion called the “Bijutsu-kan Gallery” featuring kawaii or “cute” culture. The whole room is filled with fun music and pretty displays (behind glass)

The Shopping

Step next door and you will find one of my favorite parts of this pavilion “Mitsukoshi”…a HUGE store with so much representation of the country of Japan and all it has to offer in one building. I implore you to head inside! toward this entrance there’s some fun Japanese snacks and houseware.Take a few steps more into the rest of the store and you can see kimonos and various elements of Japanese culture for you to take home!

Outside, if you head up toward the quick service there’s some beautiful landscapes. Multiple bridges, a koi pond, flowing waterfalls and a pretty canopy of trees!


There’s really so many nooks and crannies that I could make a whole other post about it with just photos of all the beauty in this pavilion. Maybe I will. In the meantime, I urge you to take some time exploring this pavilion as it has SO much to offer.

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