Takumi-Tei Now Open at Epcot Gives a Taste of Japan

Takumi-Tei restaurant, is now open and wowing visitors. This table-service restaurant in the heart of the Japan Pavillion brings some amazing dishes for all who choose to dine here. This little taste of Japan, will only increase your wonder of Japanese culture and customs.

Sushi and sashimi lovers will want to check this out!
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Takumi-Tei’s upscale offerings

This upscale restaurant, adds value to the Japan Pavillion’s ability to allow visitors to bask in the wealth of this intriguing culture. Takumi-Tei, means house of the artisan. According to Disney, “The entire Takumi-Tei experience is focused on giving you a better understanding of Japanese culture, as explained to you by the Japanese cultural representatives. From the moment you walk in to the moment you put down your chopsticks for the last time, you will feel as if you’ve been transported to the island nation and will learn about Japanese traditions and their connection to the natural world.”

The meal presentation does not disappoint. Appetizers (Below) include, ” Teien (meaning “garden” and featuring compressed watermelon and tuna sashimi), Nikomi Wagyu (braised wagyu short rib with roasted bone marrow), or Hama no Kani (“Crab on the Beach” featuring crab tossed in a light ponzu sauce as well whole toasted crab). For a vegetarian option, you can dine on the Agedashi Tofu with fried silken tofu, brown butter black rice and shimeji mushroom.”

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The Japan Pavilion Hosts Many Dining Options

Beyond several kiosks and marketplace offerings, Japan already has three wonderful and unique restaurant settings. Probably one of my favorite counter service locations in all of Walt Disney World is Katsura Grill.

Katsura Grill indoors. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

This is teriyaki, sushi and more. But what I love is the garden like setting available when you sit on the patio. This is truly one of the most immersive settings in Epcot, and when the weather is great, this is the place to be!

Upstairs above Mitsukoshi store is the Teppan Edo and the Tokyo Dining restaurants. What’s great about Teppan Edo is that the food is really the show! Sitting around grills, you interact with a chef who prepares your meal right in front of you. It’s not just great eating, but great entertainment, as you see from the video below:

Many guests love the food in the more contemporary, stylized restaurant that is Tokyo Dining. What seems more like a modern setting, actually offers authentic Japanese cuisine from sushi, to Bento box presentations, to tempura.

Sushi artisans at work at Tokyo Dining. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Awesome Views at Tokyo Dining

Addionally, what guests really love about Tokyo Dining are the gorgeous views as World Showcase lights up at night. Plan for a later dinner if you want to enjoy this terrific view. It’s a perfect ending to your stay at Epcot.

The good news is this–there’s something for everyone at the Japan pavilion at Epcot. And the Takumi-Tei is only adding to that offering. Be sure to check it all out when you visit Epcot.

Kathy Kober

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