Our walk around World Showcase continues with an update covering what’s happening at the Japan Pavilion. I think this is the best picture that I have of it.
In this post, we’ll catch up on new menus, see what’s going on inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store, consider the new restaurant coming to the Pavilion, and see what’s offered during the Flower and Garden Festival. In separate updates we’ll check out the Kawaii cultural exhibit, enjoy a couple of dinners at Teppan Edo, and take a more detailed look at some of the thousands of pieces of merchandise available.
If you haven’t been inside Mitsukoshi Department Store in a while, you’ll notice that Akoya Pearls Custom Picked Jewelry, or “Pick-A-Pearl,” has moved over to the right side of the store just inside the first entrance.
The process is still the same, but it’s easier for the guest choosing the oyster to see their options and the whole process is shown on screen behind the cast member, so the audience has a better look too.
If you’d like to participate, you’ll need to purchase a ticket for $18 from any register.
A variety of optional pearl settings are also available:
It’s typically less expensive to purchase a setting on eBay or via another outlet and bring it with you.
Also in Mitsukoshi, the Sake Bar is now up against the back wall in the very back of the store. This is basically in the same location as before, just set up facing a different direction.
If you’re interested in sake, I typically recommend coming in here for more personalized service compared to what you’ll experience at one of the various kiosks.
Prices are also typically lower. Outside, the Sparkling Sake will set you back eight dollars, compared to “just” six dollars here.
The Monthly Special is typically an interesting one.
I would also call your attention to the Ginga Kogen beer. While it’s a 12-ounce bottle for $10, it’s a much better value compared to the other selections given its rarity and the higher cost of a bottle at the store.
Garden House is located outside across from Mitsukoshi Department Store.
Here’s what’s currently on the menu there, with the exception of the Sake Flight, which was recently removed.
The Rising Sun is Disney’s version of the Sake Bomb. You can read all about the drinks available around the Pavilion in much more detail in this post.
Here’s what’s on the menu at Kabuki Cafe out in front of the Pavilion:
The Kakigori sno-cones are a fun, refreshing, relatively inexpensive snack that won’t do much to fill you up, which is probably a good thing with Karamell-Küche nearby. Note that the pour on virtually every beer in World Showcase is down to 12 ounces. Even the souvenir cup in Germany is 12 ounces.
I don’t know how to say “that’s blasphemy” in Japanese, but I would if I could.
The Sake Mists, served in these oversize margarita/martini glasses are fun, though they don’t pack much of a punch either. For a review of that, along with some of the sushi options available, see this post.
Here’s what’s on the menu at Katsura Grill, several items from which are also reviewed in the link above:
I think most of the items here are “just okay,” much like Lotus Blossom in China. That’s especially true of the sushi.
I do like the $12 Spicy Miso Seafood Ramen, which is served hot with a ton of noodles.
The unphotogenic Chicken Cutlet Curry is also excellent.
Katsura also benefits from incredibly friendly service, air-conditioned indoor seating, and one of the most pleasant areas in all of Walt Disney World in the outdoor seating.
Grabbing a $4 Kakigori and enjoying it in that serene atmosphere outside Katsura Grill may be the way to go.
But Katsura is usually fast and the food is typically filling for a similar amount of money as you’d pay somewhere else.
There’s a couple other kiosks located outside on the opposite side of Mitsukoshi.
Hello Kitty might not be a cat, but you can still buy her mochi. That isn’t a sentence that I was expecting to write.
The Ramune soda is worth a look; the beverage is served with instructions that are six steps long. The price really isn’t bad as they cost $3.29 here or around $2.25 at your local Asian grocer.
Japan is currently home to two table service restaurants, both of which you’ll find up these stairs above the Department Store and both also operated by Mitsukoshi.
Here’s the menu for Teppan Edo, the hibachi restaurant that’s located on the left side of the building:
I’ll review two recent experiences in detail as part of this series.
Here’s the menu for Tokyo Dining:
This is more of a traditional Japanese restaurant with some of the best service at Walt Disney World and a menu that offers a lot of different options. We’ll get back here too as that Bento Box sounds like a nice opportunity to try a lot of different things.
Disney formally announced a new signature restaurant coming to the Japan Pavilion with its likely location behind the Misukoshi Department Store. According to the Parks Blog, “The setting will draw from both nature and takumi, which means ‘artisan’ in Japanese, and the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world will be evident throughout the space.”
I’m sure that does not come cheap, particularly when you consider that adding four ounces of chicken to your meal at Teppan Edo will set you back 14 bucks. Imagine paying $56 per pound for grilled chicken.
Matsuriza, the traditional Taiko Drummers, continue to perform throughout the day.
Typically you’ll see them performing on the steps of the 5-story pagoda.
Occasionally, they’ll be standing on firm ground outside Mitsukoshi Department Store.
But even if you’re not close enough to see them, you’ll probably be able to hear them.
The Kawaii exhibit is still housed in the very back of the Pavilion just outside the room in Mitsukoshi where most of the food is displayed in the store.
It offers a little bit of insight into “the culture of cuteness” in Japan.
You might start kawaiiwdw.com to try to compete against me, though I feel like there’s never been as cute of a website covering Walt Disney World as this one.
While the Flower and Garden Festival ended a couple of days ago, we can still enjoy some of the beauty.
In Japan, it centers around Bonsai:
There was also a small garden towards the back of the Pavilion:
There’s always a ton to see, do, eat, drink, and experience in Japan and we haven’t even really begun to consider the vast amount of merchandise available.
But we’ll get there.