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Universal Studios Japan : Tickets, Best Rides, Where to Eat, and More!

by Naoi Rei
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Universal Studios Japan : Looking for an exhilarating experience in Japan? Look no further than Universal Studios Japan (USJ)! This incredible theme park offers heart-pumping rollercoasters, catchy soundtrack songs, and beloved fictional characters that will transport you to a world of happiness. Whether you’re exploring the enchanting Wizarding World of Harry Potter or venturing into the newly opened Super Nintendo World, USJ promises a uniquely Japanese experience that will leave you delighted. With travel restrictions easing, now is the perfect time to plan a visit to this remarkable amusement park! To ensure you make the most of your time at Universal Studios Japan, we have all the answers to your burning questions.
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About Universal Studios Japan

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Were you aware that Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is one of the six Universal Studios theme parks worldwide? It officially opened its doors to visitors on March 31, 2001, and has since undergone various expansions and renovations. This incredible park is home to beloved studio classics such as Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, and Minion Park, along with exclusive themed attractions unique to Japan. Recently, they unveiled the highly anticipated Super Nintendo World in 2021, making it the world’s first Nintendo-themed land. Additionally, anime enthusiasts can indulge in a plethora of anime-themed experiences at USJ.

How to get to Universal Studios Japan

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The park’s entrance gate is located a five minute walk from Universal City Station on the JR Yumesaki Line

Which airport is closest to Universal Studios Japan?

The closest airport to Universal Studios Japan is Kansai International Airport (KIX). Located in Osaka, Japan, Kansai International Airport is approximately 40 kilometers away from Universal Studios Japan. This airport serves as a major gateway for international and domestic flights, making it convenient for travelers to reach the popular theme park. Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport, visitors can easily access Universal Studios Japan by taking various transportation options such as trains, buses, or taxis, allowing them to start their adventure at the park without much hassle.

How do I get from Tokyo to Universal Studios Japan?

To reach USJ from Tokyo, you have the option of taking the bullet train from Tokyo Station to Osaka Station and then transferring to the Universal City Station. This route will get you to the park in approximately three hours. However, if you truly want to maximize your visit, it is recommended to depart early and enjoy a journey on the night bus.

Where can I get tickets to Universal Studios Japan? 

You can’t fully experience all the movie-themed (and anime-themed) magic inside Universal Studios Japan in just one day. To make the most of your visit, book the 2-Day Studio Pass tickets directly from Klook and enjoy a day or two exploring everything USJ has to offer.


What themed areas are at Universal Studios Japan? 

Universal Studios Japan features several themed areas that cater to various interests and preferences. The park offers an immersive experience for fans of popular franchises like Harry Potter, with a dedicated Wizarding World of Harry Potter section. Visitors can explore iconic locations such as Hogwarts Castle and the village of Hogsmeade, and even enjoy thrilling rides like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Another popular themed area is Jurassic Park, where guests can journey into the prehistoric world and encounter lifelike dinosaurs. Additionally, Universal Studios Japan includes areas like Minion Park, inspired by the lovable characters from Despicable Me, and a retro-themed area called Hollywood, which pays homage to the golden age of cinema. With its diverse range of themed areas, Universal Studios Japan ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy and we’re giving you the lowdown on the best ones you can’t miss:

Universal Studios Japan : Super Nintendo World

Don’t pass up this chance to buy some Mario-themed souvenirs while in the park. Image credits: @kikigram_97 on Instagram

@kikigram_97 on Instagram

If you’re planning a trip to Universal Studios Japan in 2022, make sure to include a visit to the Super Nintendo World. It’s a must-see attraction where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Mario and his friends. Experience the thrill of collecting mysterious eggs with Yoshi in Yoshi’s Adventure, compete against your friends in a thrilling Mario Kart race inside Bowser’s Castle, and don’t miss the chance to meet iconic characters like Mario, Princess Peach, and the whole gang. For more information about this exciting new park at USJ, be sure to check out klook’s helpful guide.

Universal Studios Japan : Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Attention all Potterheads! It’s time to retrieve your broomsticks and prepare your wands! Get ready for an enchanting adventure at USJ’s most extraordinary and magical attraction. The spellbinding Wizarding World of Harry Potter eagerly awaits your presence, housing beloved childhood memories within its walls – the iconic Hogwarts Castle and charming Hogsmeade. Get ready to satisfy your taste buds with a delectable butterbeer feast, capture a timeless moment with a photo beside the Hogwarts Express, and even select your very own wand from the renowned Ollivanders.

Universal Studios Japan : Minion Park

Spot your fave minions inside the Minion Park. Image credits: @minmin.0531 on Instagram

@minmin.0531 on Instagram

Is anyone else addicted to playing the Minions Banana song on repeat? Well, you’ll be thrilled to know that there’s a whole lot of Minion madness waiting for you at USJ’s Minion Park. Prepare yourself to go crazy with excitement as you come face to face with the adorable henchmen during the Minion Greetings right in front of Gru’s house. And that’s not all – this park area is also packed with various food stops and cafes where you can grab a bite to eat or chill out, like the Delicious Me! Kitchen and POP-A-NANA.

Universal Studios Japan : Universal Wonderland

Stumble upon the Peanuts trio at Universal Wonderland! Image credits: @rihodisneyworld on Instagram

@rihodisneyworld on Instagram

Calling all Sanrio enthusiasts! Make your way to Universal Wonderland, a magical realm brimming with adorable characters that may just be your favorites. Take a moment to greet Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Elmo, and a host of other beloved characters as you explore this enchanting domain. Prepare for an unforgettable experience as you wander through the charming Sesame Street and Big Bird’s Big Nest, and don’t miss the exhilarating Flying Snoopy ride. Rest assured, both young and old alike will revel in the joy and wonder that awaits the entire family.

Universal Studios Japan : Jurassic Park

Journey through the land of the dinosaurs! Image credits: @universal_studios_japan on Instagram

@universal_studios_japan on Instagram

Calling all dinosaur enthusiasts! Jurassic Park is now welcoming visitors. Step back in time to the era of dinosaurs and explore the vast jungle. Prepare to encounter fierce and awe-inspiring creatures, all while enjoying an abundance of exhilarating rides. Feel the thrill as you soar, spin, and swing through the air aboard the incredible Flying Dinosaur Ride or experience the adrenaline rush of plunging into the jaws of a roaring T. Rex on the heart-pounding cruise of Jurassic Park – The Ride.

Universal Studios Japan : Amity Village 

Snap a commemorative photo with the shark that started it all! Image credits: @universal_studios_japan on Instagram

@universal_studios_japan on Instagram

Amity Village, with its heart-racing parks, is the residence of the infamous man-eating shark known as Bruce. Nestled in this tranquil coastal community, you will find an abundance of dining options and an exhilarating boat excursion that will surely get your adrenaline flowing. However, be cautious and stay alert, for the legendary JAWS lurks beneath the waters.

Universal Studios Japan : Others Ride

Discover other remarkable parks within USJ such as Water World, where an exhilarating stunt spectacle featuring gunfire and explosions awaits. Additionally, immerse yourself in various themed areas that will transport you through different eras. Prepare to be captivated by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood Boulevard at Hollywood, or step into the bustling streets of 1930s New York and embark on The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman – The Ride. For further exploration, consult the Universal Studios Japan map available here!

Things to do (rides and attractions) in Universal Studios Japan

There are more than 60 attractions at USJ, including replicas of famous rides from various Universal Studios parks worldwide, as well as exclusive attractions only found in Japan. When you visit Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, you can experience iconic rides like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, where you’ll journey through Hogwarts Castle, participate in a Quidditch game, and escape a dragon. Another thrilling ride is Hollywood Dream – the Ride, where you’ll soar through the air backwards.

Kiddos will absolutely love every bit of this colourful world during Yoshi’s Adventure. Image credits: @universal_studios_japan on Instagram

@universal_studios_japan on Instagram

The adults can enjoy their thrills, while the young ones will have a fantastic time exploring every nook and cranny of Super Nintendo World. One exhilarating attraction that should not be overlooked is Yoshi’s Adventure, where you’ll join Yoshi on a thrilling journey through the Mushroom Kingdom. And don’t forget, this ride is only available at Universal Studios Japan!

A Pteranodon dinosaur will hold you through the adrenaline-pumping journey through the skies. Image credits: @melon_soda331 on Instagram

@melon_soda331 on Instagram

USJ has added a thrilling ride called the Flying Dinosaur, where you can experience a full 360-degree spin in the air! With so much excitement packed into a day at USJ, why not consider extending your stay at one of the best hotels in Osaka?

Where to eat in Universal Studios Japan

Calling all food enthusiasts! Universal Studios Japan is not just about thrilling rides, it is a haven for food lovers too. Indulge in a multitude of dining choices, including delectable anime-themed dishes, ensuring you have the fuel to zip from one exhilarating ride to another!

Although food doesn’t magically appear out of thin air, we solemnly swear these drinks are the bomb! Image credits: @_amaree94 on Instagram

@_amaree94 on Instagram

When you visit Universal Studios, be sure to try the iconic butterbeer at Hogsmeade. This magical drink is fizzy, creamy, and has a touch of witchcraft. Whether it’s hot or frozen, you can enjoy it to stay warm or cool off, depending on the weather. While exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, indulge in a delicious meal at Three Broomsticks. Their Great Feast Platter is a generous serving of roast potatoes, corn on the cob, rotisserie smoked chicken, and spare ribs that will leave you feeling completely satisfied. It’s truly a feast fit for a king!

To beat the heat on a scorching summer day, try out the delectable Delightful Me! Minions Ice Cream Sandwiches. These perfect treats come in a range of unique and refreshing flavors like Banana & Milk fruit, Tiramisu, and many others.

Feel like you’re part of the Straw Hats as you indulge in this sumptuous treat! Image credits: @i_am_remi112 on Instagram

@i_am_remi112 on Instagram

If you’re looking for anime-themed food at USJ, you’re in luck. Inside Sanji’s Pirates Restaurant, you can enjoy a mouthwatering meal called the Straw Hat Crew – Meat Plate of Monkey D. Luffy, inspired by the popular series, One Piece. And for Attack on Titan fans, be on the lookout for the limited edition Captain Levi Popcorn Bucket, the perfect souvenir (and snack) to remember your time at USJ. If you’re still craving more delicious options at USJ, don’t worry – klook’s comprehensive list has got you covered.

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