Japan Pavilion in Epcot Reportedly Adding Seafood And Steakhouse Signature Dining Location [UPDATE]

Danny Cox

Epcot is currently undergoing a huge overhaul which is bringing about new rides, new movies, and now, it seems as if the expansion will also bring forth a new signature dining location. Reports are surfacing that the Japan pavilion, which already has two table-service restaurants, is going to receive a third. This new signature dining location would bring about the best of two worlds as a seafood and steakhouse restaurant.

UPDATE – May 14, 2018

It seems as if the rumors are true as an internal memo has now gone out to cast members informing them of the new dining location coming to Japan. It has advised CMs that it will be “offering Guests a signature dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan. The restaurant’s 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.”

There is still no information as to when construction will start on the new signature dining location or when it may open.

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Whenever guests visit Epcot, they have a whole host of dining options with a few in Future World and numerous locations in World Showcase. As they head around and visit the different countries, there are multiple dining choices which come in snack, quick-service, and table-service options.

The Japan pavilion already has two fantastic table-service locations in Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining. Guests can also visit the Katsura Grill for quick-service options and Kimonos for some of the best sushi in all of Florida, but Walt Disney World wants to bring you more.

According to a report from WDWNT, the Epcot expansion is going to bring about a signature seafood and steakhouse restaurant sometime in the future. The name of the dining location and an opening date are not yet known, but this is quite exciting.

According to internal documents going around Walt Disney World, the new restaurant will be located on the first floor of the shopping and dining complex. That area is located on the right-hand side of the Japan pavilion when standing at the front and staring back into it.

This restaurant would over a portion of the huge Mitsukoshi store and some backstage area which is usually used for storage. The report states that internal documents list several rooms with different themes that could bring about a unique quality to the restaurant.

  • Material room for the lobby check-in
  • Earth Room
  • Water Room
  • Stone Room
  • Washi Room
  • Water Room

This new restaurant only adds to the numerous changes that are coming to Epcot along with the Ratatouille attraction in France and Guardians of the Galaxy ride in Future World. At this time, Walt Disney World has said nothing regarding this report of a new signature seafood and steakhouse restaurant in Japan, so, anything could still change. If the rumors end up being true, though, it will make for a welcome addition to World Showcase.