I like to start my walk around the world at Mexico and make my way to Canada.
If you prefer not to walk you can also take a Friendship Boat from one side of the World Showcase Lagoon to the other. There are two boats, one travels between the Canada side to Morocco and the other from the Mexico side to Germany.
World Showcase Lagoon – Canada side
I enjoy all of the World Showcase pavilions and one my favorite store to visit is the Mitsukoshi Department Store located in the Japan Pavilion. The store was established in 1673 selling Kimonos door-to-door, ten years later they opened their first store where people could shop for Kimonos in one place.
The Mitsukoshi Department store is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with locations in Taiwan, China, Korea and Europe. The only North America location is at Epcot World Showcase in the Japan Pavilion.
The Mitsukoshi Department store is one of my favorite places to shop because of the large variety of non-Disney items. I understand that may sounds like a strange statement coming from this Disney Nerd but I think the Mitsukoshi Department store offers Disney guests a unique shopping experience.
The Kimono room is full of beautiful colorful Kimono’s that you can try on and buy.
A large variety Nintendo, Hello Kitty and Sailor Moon items can also be found here.
The store has a variety of departments such as Pick a Perl, Origami, gifts, food, dishware, jewelry, apparel, accessories, and toys.
If you are looking for a unique gift item to take home from your Walt Disney World vacation then I highly recommend making a stop at the Mitsukoshi Department store. I still have a coin purse that I bought here in1992 and it is one of my favorite treasures.
Have you shopped here before? What’s the favorite item you brought back home?