Region
Kansai
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Osaka
Population
8,804,806

Universal Studios Japan

Here you'll find the world's best ride, a wizarding wonderland and guardian minions. As if you needed another reason to visit Osaka.

Bored of Tokyo DisneySea? Fuji-Q Highlands a little bit too much? Universal Studios Japan (otherwise known as USJ) has a brilliant selection of exhilarating rides, spectacular entertainments in 4K3D, and park shows that will satisfy all age-groups. It’s also one of GaijinPot’s Top 5 theme parks in Japan,

For the thrill seekers, it would be a waste to leave USJ without trying classic rides like Jaws or the more modern, adrenaline-pumping Jurassic Park roller coaster: The Flying Dinosaur. Marvel fans, make a bee-line for The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman. Winning the world’s best ride award for seven years in a row, this immersive and mind-bending experience never fails to live up to expectations.

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman has been awarded the world’s best ride award for seven years in a row.

If even the idea of roller coasters make you feel queasy or you’ll be traveling with people who don’t quite fit the height limits (children, we’re looking at you), there are plenty of things for you to do too. Take The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Hogsmeade truly comes to life in this stunning recreation from the popular franchise. Purchase genuine wizarding goods like robes and wands, then stroll over to the Three Broomsticks for Butterbeer or Shepherd’s Pie (British people-approved). Rides like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey or Flight of the Hippogryph often have lengthy wait times. This is for good reason: short of receiving your letter to Hogwarts, it’s the closest muggles like us can get.

Those more into cute and peppy characters than death eaters will love Universal Wonderland. Attractions themed around Snoopy, Hello Kitty and Sesame Street means this area is perfect for children and adults alike. Stage shows and parades abound throughout the day.

Like Minions? Those yellow critters can be found traveling around the park averting emergencies and rescuing damsels in distress. Want your day to end with a bang? The Universal Re-Born parade offers party-streamers, bubbles and fun by the gallon.

It’s also just been confirmed that Nintendo will be coming to USJ to open a Nintendo-themed area of the park, featuring attractions based on all your favorite video games. We. Cannot. Wait.

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Things To Know

Opening Hours

USJ usually opens between 8:30 and 9:00, closing between 19:30pm and 20:00. It’s recommended that you turn up to the park at least an hour beforehand to pick up your tickets on the day in order to avoid queuing.

Entrance Fees

A standard One-Day Pass costs ¥7400 yen. These can be bought in advance at Lawson convenience store or simply bought on the day. There are also options for Fast Passes (bought on the day), and Express Tickets (which have the benefits of earlier access into the park and function as a Fast Pass) can be purchased through selected hotels or travel agents.

How To Get There

Address

2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 554-0031, Japan

By train

As Universal Studios is such a popular attraction there are many ways to access it. Certain trains on the Osaka Loop line go directly to the park, or with a transfer at Nishikujo.

By bus

Direct buses travel from Kansai airport to USJ. For more detailed travel information, check out the website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/access/

Where To Stay

The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan TM
  • Konohana-ku Shimaya 6-2-52 Osaka-Shi, Osaka 554-0024
  • 9.1/10
  • 0.1 km
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Hotel Keihan Universal Tower
  • Konohana-ku Shimaya 6-2-45 Osaka-Shi, Osaka 554-0024
  • 8.5/10
  • 0.2 km
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Hotel Universal Port
  • Konohana-ku Sakurajima 1-1-111 Osaka-Shi, Osaka 554-0031
  • 9/10
  • 0.2 km
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Hotel Keihan Universal City
  • Konohana-ku Shimaya 6-2-78 554-8585
  • 8.3/10
  • 0.3 km
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