First Look and Photo Tour: Takumi-Tei in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion Now Open

Epcot‘s Japan pavilion welcomed its newest restaurant today with the opening of Takumi-Tei.

Takumi-Tei joins Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining as one of the pavilion’s table service options. But it’s much more than that!

You’re greeted at the podium just outside the restaurant by cast members in tradition Japanese garb. And it’s quite the warm welcome!

Greeters outside Takumi-Tei…

… and inside!

When you’re shown inside, you find a whole new world to explore!

Decor inside Takumi-Tei

 

Takumi-Tei is home to five dining rooms, each inspired by a natural element: water, wood, earth, stone, or washi paper. The elements are described in displays near the entrance.

Different element globes represented in each of Takumi-Tei’s rooms

 

Element “globes” at the front of Takumi-Tei

 

When translated, Takumi-Tei means “house of the artisan” and we could see that reflected in each room. There are handcrafted works of art honoring the element celebrated in each appropriate the room.

Take a moment to appreciate the artwork around the location — the details and precise nature of the art deserves attention.

The Wood Room features carved wood accent pieces, while the Stone Room has an unusual piece of stone wall art.

 

Decor in the wood room at Takumi-Tei

 

Artwork in the Stone Room

 

Stone Room at Takumi Tei

 

Wood Room at Takumi-Tei

The Earth Room is themed with darker earthtones, and the walls are made to resemble the layers, or strata, of the earth.

Lighter colors and Japanese cherry blossoms are the highlights of the Washi Paper room.

Washi Paper Room

 

Table Setting at Takumi-Tei

 

The Water Room is home to an exclusive menu served at the Chef’s Table. As you walk in you are immersed in a tranquil setting that reflects the balance between nature and Japanese art. There’s even an indoor waterfall.

 

The water  room with an indoor waterfall

If you are celebrating a special event the Water Room and Chef’s Table offering may be an option worth exploring. The room has a table for eight, with a special Omakase tasting menu.

Water Room at Takumi-Tei

 

As for the food, we’ll have a review later, but here’s a quick overview.

The appetizer menu includes miso, dashi, and agedashi tofu. There’s also Nikomi Wagyu, a wagyu shortrib with wasabi shiso Bavaroise.

 

Nikomi Wagyu shortrib with wasabi shiso Bavaroise at Takumi-Tei

There’s a selection of sushi, and a range of entrees from shrimp tempura to a number of dishes featuring wagyu beef.

 

Makiba no Megumi – Gift of Ranch Jackman Farms wagyu strip steak, purple sweet potato, fresh wasabi, Maitake mushroom, Matcha Maldon

 

Be sure to save some room for dessert! There’s a Japanese water cake on the dessert menu, or this amazing Yuzu cheesecake known as Kumo.

Yuzu cheesecake, spiced Kabocha, candied Yuzu, orange Yuzu gel, blackberry sake

 

Takumi-Tei also offers a wide range of wines, beers and cocktails. Many are from Japan, and we look forward to trying some new-to-us drinks!

The bar at Takumi-Tei

 

Kami, Raiju and Sakurajima cocktails at Takumi-Tei

 

We enjoyed the atmosphere of this new spot and found it immediately relaxing when we walked in. It is easy to forget you are in the middle of a bustling theme park when you enter Takumi-Tei!

Keep in mind, Takumi-Tei falls in Disney’s Signature Dining category with a minimum dress code — learn about Takumi-Tei’s dress code here.

This new restaurant offers a truly unique experience, and dining here will take several hours… and more than several dollars! The prices are definitely on the high side for theme park dining. But the signature experience is well worth a splurge if you want to celebrate a special occasion.

Currently the restaurant does not accept the Disney Dining Plan. You can however, get a 10 percent Annual Passholder discount, or a 20 percent Tables in Wonderland discount. (The Tables in Wonderland discount may not apply to the tasting menu — be sure to ask when you order.)

Click here to see the menus for the restaurant.

What do you think of this in-park, upscale experience?  Do you have an ADR for Takumi-Tei? Let us know your plans in the comments!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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One Reply to “First Look and Photo Tour: Takumi-Tei in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion Now Open”

  1. If I had to pick one style of food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be Japanese. It’s light, healthy, visually appealing. Oh ya, it’s also tastes great.