Japan offers guests participating in a Drinking Around the World Showcase a unique drinking experience. From frozen beer (yes, you read that right) to Japanese soda and even plum wine, there is really something for every DAWS-goer visiting the pavilion. It’s very easy to rack up lots of DAWS points in the between the unique drinks and eats you’ll find at the kiosks, quick service and table service locations. Don’t forget the Mitsukoshi Merchandise Store! There are tons of food & drink to explore there too!
If you’re looking for a cool treat, you’ll want to visit Kabuki Cafe, located closest to the American Adventure Pavilion. Not only can you get the Japanese soda here ($3.25), but you can also score some Plum Wine ($6.00) which is available both hot and cold—a nice option when it’s chilly out. Though non-alcoholic, the Kaki Gori ($3.50) here is a must do! It’s one of the more unique cold treats in the World Showcase and appeals to all ages—DAWS drinkers and non-drinkers alike. This shaved ice treat comes topped with fruit syrups and include: strawberry, melon, cherry, Mikan (tangerine), and rainbow. You can also add special toppings like sweet milk, sweet strawberry or sweet strawberry for an extra $1.00 each. It’s a great way to mix and match. Want a frozen drink that’s really unique and alcoholic? Try the frozen beer served here for $8.00. It is Kirin beer topped with a Kirin beer foam. This will sure to be a conversation starter in your DAWS excursion!
Sake more your speed? Try the Sake bar outside of the pavilion located near the Mitsukoshi Merchandise Store. You can get more varieties of Sake and your choice of hot and cold. Perhaps the most sought after drink is the Tokyo Sunset ($8.00) which includes coconut rum, peach schnapps, banana liqueur and pineapple juice. It’s fruity deliciousness will delight you, and the look of this drink certainly brings visions of a real Tokyo sunset! You can also enjoy the Pineapple Sake Cocktail which tastes very similar to a Pina Colada.
There are also many different stands and kiosks in this pavilion that offer a variety of unique snacks, like various gummy snacks, uniquely flavored potato chips (check out the prawn chips!) and staples like Wasabi peas. This is a terrific DAWS location to wander, sip a few cocktails and try different things. Head into the Mitsukoshi Merchandise Store and you’ll find an array of food items, many of them easily consumed on the go, and even a small Sake tasting bar! Looking for a sake souvenir? Skip the sake purchases here and buy some at your local liquor store at home.
For a quick bite to eat, head over to Katsura Grill for a filling quick service meal. You can get a variety of sushi rolls here, as well as traditional Udon noodles ($8.99-$10.99). The teriyaki ($9.99-$12.99) as well as Japanese curry ($9.99) are also big hits. This isn’t a vegetarian friendly location, so if you’re looking for items that cover a special diet, head to the table service locations for more options. This location also carries Kirin Ichiban ($7.50) and Plum wine or Sake ($5.75).
For a family meal or for dinner and a show, head on over to Teppan Edo for a full Teppanyaki meal. Think Benihana with a twist! This location carries all of the traditional Teppanyaki items, including miso soup, salad with ginger dressing and more. This is a highlight for any guests visiting the pavilion, and it’s a terrific spot for a DAWS table service meal.
Looking for something authentic but a little less “showy”? Head to Tokyo Dining for their extensive sushi menu and other traditional Japanese offerings. This is the perfect Japanese dinner for an adults only crowd or for those wanting to grab a few sushi rolls and some Kirin beer. Thank goodness there’s no Karaoke!
Overall, the Japan Pavilion is the perfect location for guests wanting to experience a full DAWS experience. You can easily score all of your DAWS points in this spot, so be sure to pace yourself and just get a few treats! You won’t want to say “Sayonara” to your evening of Drinking Around the World Showcase without visiting this pavilion! This is a must-do for any DAWS-goers.
When Sarah isn’t sharing planning tips about the Walt Disney World Resort, you can find her at Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW where she writes dining reviews and shares tips and tricks about dining at Disney with a special diet.
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