It’s no secret I’m a huge Epcot fan! I absolutely love it! My family usually spends DAYS touring Epcot. People are often surprised by this as the misconception is there’s not a lot for kids to do but I completely disagree!
One of my favorite things to do at Epcot is to walk around World Showcase. I love strolling around, feeling completely immersed as I go in and out of each of the countries. One of my favorite pavilions to visit is Japan and here are some reasons why!
Khaki Gori: I love this stuff and to be honest, I’m not sure why. I’m not a huge fan of snow cones typically but for some reason I find Khaki Gori to be pure awesomeness. This treat is completely refreshing on a hot, sunny Florida day. Cherry is my personal favorite flavor but you can find other flavors such as Melon, Strawberry, Tangerine and Rainbow.
Koi Pond: Looking for a lovely place to get in touch with your zen? Be sure to visit the koi pond located in the Japanese garden. It really is a beautiful place to take a break from the action of the parks and sit back, relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Matsuriza Taiko drummers: It doesn’t get better than when you’re approaching the Japan pavilion and you hear these drums playing!
Tokyo Dining: If you’re a fan of sushi, craving for some Japanese food or want a place to dine with a great view of IllumiNations, Tokyo Dining has you covered. The service, food and atmosphere are great. Highly recommend!
Teppan Edo: Two words: Hibachi Steakhouse. The Japanese chefs will entertain you with their tricks while preparing each guest’s meal in front of your eyes. Always a fun experience!
Fun merchandise: I always have so much fun looking at the various merchandise in the Mitsukoshi Department Store. I grew up in the 80’s so what can I say, it brings a smile to my face to see Hello Kitty and Monchichi. The store also has more traditional items for sale as well. You’ll find kimonos, handbags, shoes, books and and even tea sets. There’s truly something for everyone!
Pick-A-Pearl: If you want to be entertained just walk up to the Pick-A-Pearl table as you enter the Mitsukoski Department Store. My family can stand there for awhile, completely mesmerized by the women working behind the counter. They are very energetic and I guarantee you can’t watch them do their job without a smile on your face. It’s also fun to see what treasures guests find in the oysters they pick.
Japanese candy: You simply cannot go to the Japan pavilion and not try some unique, Japanese candy! My family always goes to the very back of the store each visit. We don’t know what anything is but that’s what makes it so fun to try different things! The stranger it looks, the better! Some of our favorites are Milky candy, Pocky and sweet tart candy that can be found hanging up in strips.
Ramune: What do you get to wash that Japanese candy down? A bottle of Ramune of course! There’s just something about slamming that marble through the top of the glass bottle that makes it fun to drink. Ramune comes in a variety of flavors so try some different ones and see which one you like best.
Sake: Been a long day in the park? Want an adult beverage? Look no further, also located in the back of the store near the candy is a sake bar featuring a variety of sake to choose from. If you’re not familiar with sake, don’t worry, there are descriptions for each one on the menu so feel free to look them over and take your pick!
If you’re thinking about making a trip to Disney World, I’d love to be of assistance! Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!