Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan (USJ), located in Osaka, is one of six Universal Studios theme parks worldwide. It was the first to open outside the United States in 20011. The park is the second most visited amusement park in Japan. It offers various amusement rides and shows based on popular movies.

Operating Hours: Everyday 8.00am to 10.00pm Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka

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    I had so much fun at the Harry Potter world it was amazing. great trip with family and so welcoming.

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    Universal Studios Japan is particularly fun. I played almost all popular projects with friends. The fast ticket saved a lot of time and the weather was very good. It's a pity that one day is not enough to play all projects, and I will come again next time!

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    Aishah Zafirah Abdul Azim

    been there for harry potter ride & it was so exciting! the theme park was so huge, not enough for 1 day tour.. the minion theme park also fav!.. of course want to repeat again!

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Universal Studios Japan
Immerse yourself in a world of cinematic magic at Universal Studios Japan, which offers a blend of thrilling rides, spectacular shows, and captivating attractions inspired by some of the world’s most beloved films and characters. From the enchanting wizard world of Harry Potter to the excitement of Jurassic Park, Universal Studios Japan promises an unforgettable adventure for movie buffs, thrill-seekers, and families alike.

Universal Studios Japan opening hours

Universal Studios Japan, often abbreviated as USJ, is one of the four Universal Studios theme parks. It was the first Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia, and it has more than 10 million visitors every year.

Universal Studios Japan typically opens from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM, or 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. However, the openning hours can vary depending on the season and special events, so it's recommended to check the official website for the most accurate information.

Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031, Japan

How to go to Universal Studios Japan

How to go to Universal Studios Japan

Source: USL official website

Transportation to Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, can vary depending on where you are coming from. Here are some common ways to get there:

1. Train:

From Osaka Station:

  • Route: Take the JR Yumesaki Line (also known as JR Sakurajima Line) directly to Universal-City Station. It's about a 5-minute walk from there to Universal Studios Japan.
  • Cost: approximately $1.35 USD
  • Travel Time: About 10-15 minutes

From Kyoto Station:

  • Route: Take the JR Kyoto Line to Osaka Station, then transfer to the JR Yumesaki Line to Universal-City Station.
  • Cost: approximately $6 USD
  • Travel Time: About 45-60 minutes

2. Bus:

From Kansai International Airport:

  • Route: There are direct airport limousine buses to Universal Studios Japan.
  • Cost: approximately $11.50 USD
  • Travel Time: About 70 minutes

3. Taxi:

Taxis are available throughout Osaka and can take you directly to Universal Studios Japan. They are more expensive than public transportation.

  • Cost: Varies greatly depending on your starting point; from Osaka Station, it could be around $18.50-$26 USD.
  • Travel Time: Depends on traffic; from Osaka Station, it could be around 15-30 minutes

4. Ferry:

  • Route: The Captain Line ferry service connects Universal Studios Japan with the Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan) in the Osaka Bay area.
  • Cost: approximately $6 USD for a one-way ticke
  • Travel Time: About 10 minutes
Please note that the costs are approximate and can fluctuate based on exchange rates, travel time, and other factors.

Best time to go to Universal Studios Japan

Best time to go to Universal Studios Japan
The best time to visit Universal Studios Japan in Osaka depends on several factors, including weather, crowd levels, and special events. Here are some considerations to help you decide when to go:
Season Weather Crowd Level Special Note
Spring (March to May) Mild and warm Moderate to high One of the best times to visit as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
Fall (September to November) Mild weather Moderate Another great time with mild weather and the chance to see the autumn leaves.
Summer (June to August) Hot and humid High A popular time for families to visit due to school vacations.
Winter (December to February) Cold, but generally dry Relatively low Christmas events and New Year holiday create a festive atmosphere.

Ultimately, the best time for you will depend on your preferences for weather, crowd tolerance, and interest in special events.

What to eat at Universal Studios Japan

What to eat at Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan offers diverse dining options that cater to a wide range of tastes. Here are several popular restaurants within the park:
Popular restaurantsThemed LandIntroduction
Finnegan's Bar & GrillNew YorkServes hearty meals such as fish and chips, beef stew, and their signature Finnegan's Burger.
The Three BroomsticksWizarding World of Harry PotterEnjoys British pub fare like Fish & Chips, Shepherd's Pie, and the Great Feast Platter. Don't forget to try a Butterbeer.
Discovery RestaurantJurassic ParkOffers a wide selection of dishes, including roasted chicken, pasta, and a variety of salads.
Snoopy's Backlot CaféUniversal WonderlandServes up Western-style food such as rotisserie chicken, pizza, and Snoopy-shaped curry rice.
SAIDOSan FranciscoThis is a place to enjoy Japanese-style dishes, including ramen, udon, and tempura.
Mel's Drive-InHollywoodBurgers, fries, and milkshakes are the staples here. The restaurant is known for its retro 50s ambiance and classic American diner fare.

Things to do at Universal Studios Japan

Things to do at Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan is divided into 10 themed lands, each offering a unique atmosphere, attractions, shows, shops, and dining options. Here's an overview of the things you can do in each land:

1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Visit Hogwarts Castle, explore Hogsmeade, and enjoy thrilling rides like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Don't forget to try a Butterbeer!

2. Minion Park: This is the world's largest Minion-themed area where you can enjoy a 3D ride, meet and greet with Minions, and shop for Minion merchandise.

3. Jurassic Park: Experience the thrilling Jurassic Park – The Ride, explore the jungle, and see dinosaurs up close.

4. Waterworld: Watch a live-action stunt show based on the film Waterworld, featuring water explosions and thrilling stunts.

5. Jaws: Take a boat ride and come face-to-face with the infamous great white shark from the Jaws movie.

6. Universal Wonderland: Perfect for families with young children, this area features characters from Sesame Street, Hello Kitty, and Snoopy. Enjoy rides, shows, and character meet and greets.

7. Amity Village: Experience the terror of Jaws on a thrilling boat ride, and enjoy other attractions based on the classic film.

8. Hollywood: Walk down the famous Hollywood Boulevard, enjoy live entertainment, and meet some of your favorite characters.

9. San Francisco: Explore this area that recreates the charm of San Francisco. Don't miss the Backdraft attraction, a thrilling experience based on the movie.

10. New York: Experience the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D, and enjoy the atmosphere of New York with its classic landmarks.

Universal Studios Japan Map

Universal Studios Japan Map

Source: USL official website

As the map shown above, Universal Studios Japan is divided into 10 themed lands. Travelers can also find playlands, restaurants, shops, and other services such as guest services, ATM aervice, family service, and currency exchange service on the map.

Universal Studios Japan Attractions

Universal Studios Japan Attractions
Universal Studios Japan is one of the most popular theme parks in Japan and features a wide range of attractions and entertainment based on movies produced by Universal Pictures, as well as other notable franchises. The park is divided into various themed areas with rides, shows, and attractions for visitors of all ages. Here are some key attractions:

1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: A thrilling, immersive ride that takes you through iconic scenes from the Harry Potter films.
  • Flight of the Hippogriff: A family-friendly roller coaster that simulates a Hippogriff training flight over the grounds of Hogwarts Castle.

2. Minion Park:

  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: A 4D ride where guests join Gru, his daughters, and the mischievous Minions on a heartwarming and thrilling ride.
  • Super Silly Fun Land: An outdoor playground with water features, inspired by the seaside amusement park from the Despicable Me franchise.

3. Super Nintendo World:

  • Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge: A cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) ride that brings the world of Mario Kart to life.
  • Yoshi's Adventure: A gentle ride that takes guests on a treasure hunt with Yoshi around the Mushroom Kingdom.
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4. Jurassic Park :

  • A water-based attraction where guests embark on a river adventure through a dinosaur habitat, culminating in an exciting drop.

5. Hollywood:

  • A high-speed roller coaster that offers a panoramic view of the park, with an option to choose backward-facing seats for a different experience.

6. Universal Wonderland:

  • A family-friendly area with attractions themed around beloved characters such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and Sesame Street.

Other Attractions in Osaka

Other Attractions in Osaka
Attractions Address Recommended Sightseeing Time Highlights Price Check Details Here
Osaka Castle Park 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka 1-2 hours The park is rich in vegetation, with cherry blossoms and plum blossoms attracting a large number of tourists every year. From $3.96 Check Now!
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku, Osaka 1-2 hours The world's largest dome-shaped ceiling tank in the Arctic zone. From $4.62 Check Now!
Dotombori 1 Chome Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka 1-3 hours Dotonbori is a well-known and bustling business district, famous for its neighboring theaters, commercial and entertainment venues Free Check Now!
Shinsaibashisuji 2-2-22 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka 2-4 hours Shinsaibashi is a well-known commercial shopping district in Osaka Free Check Now!
Umeda Sky Building 1 Chome-1-88 Oyodonaka, Kita Ward, Osaka 1-2 hours Take in the Osaka cityscape with a bird’s-eye view from the 360-degree open air rooftop From $4.62 Check Now!

FAQs about Universal Studios Japan

  • Is there fireworks at Universal Studio Japan?

    Universal Studios Japan only has fireworks on special occasions such as New Year's Eve or Christmas.
  • Can I bring food and drinks into Universal Studios Japan?

    Please refrain from bringing food or drinks into the park. Please use the free picnic areas near the parking lot if you've brought food and drinks. Contained water may be brought inside of park.
  • Are there facilities for guests with disabilities in Universal Studios Japan?

    Yes, Universal Studios Japan offers a range of services for guests with disabilities, including wheelchair rental and accessible restrooms.