One of the most unique country pavilions at EPCOT is the Japan Pavilion. Highlighted by the five-story blue roofed Japanese Pagoda, this courtyard style pavilion features multiple dining venues, a large Japanese themed gift shop, a gallery that showcases Japanese art / culture and authentic Japanese entertainment.
Guests visiting the pavilion will also enjoy the stunning architectural detains, gardens with bamboo and bonsai tree and a number of ponds including one filled with koi fish. There is even a large torii gate at the front of the pavilion along the shores of the World Showcase Lagoon which is inspired by the gate Itsukushima Shrine in Japan.
The Japan Pavilion is World Showcase at Epcot and is situated between The American Adventure and the Morocco Pavilion.
If you love Japanese merchandise than the Mitsukoshi Department Store is the perfect place to visit. This enormous retail outlet is open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM and is located on the first floor of the pavilion building.
The store features a wide variety of Japanese apparel, toys, jewelry, books and gifts along with a large selection of candy & snacks. There is even a place to buy authentic pearls.
Just outside of the exit to the store is the “KIDCOT” area which features an entertaining and educational activity for kids to learn about Japanese culture.
Best hotels to stay when visiting Epcot
If you are planning on visiting Epcot, we would highly recommend you stay a hotel within walking distance or with a transportation service like those in the Epcot Resorts Area. Following are a few of our favorites.
The Walt Disney World Boardwalk Resort Hotels
The Walt Disney World Boardwalk Resorts comprise the following resort hotels and vacation club properties:
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas (vacation club)
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas (vacation club)
All three are within walking distance to Epcot’s International Gateway (the entrance in the World Showcase area of the park) and there is also a water taxi service that runs all day long.
These resort hotel are very popular (especially during the Food & Wine Festival) and rates are typically not cheap. Prices range from less than $500 per night to more than $1,000 per night depending on the room type and the date of the stay.
The Walt Disney World Dolphin
The Walt Disney World Dolphin is one of our favorite hotels in Orlando and it is our “go to” when we are planning on visiting Epcot. The Dolphin is immediately adjacent to the Walt Disney World Boardwalk and within easy walking distance of both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Water taxi transportation is also available.
The Dolphin is part of the Marriott Bonvoy program so guests can earn or use points for their stay at one of the 1,514 rooms or suites. There are extensive amenities and dining options at this massive resort.
Hotel rates range around $250.00 per night to more than $500.00 per night depending on the time a year and room type. There is a $35 per day resort fee plus a 6% resort tax on top of a 6.5% sales tax. Self parking costs $30 per night.
If any of these hotel recommendations don’t work for you, CLICK HERE to see a list of other on site hotels as well as local area hotels near the Walt Disney World Resort.