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How To Score The Best Universal Studios Japan Tickets

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Is your idea of fun to slide across an icy slope or ride through a Minion mayhem? Are you a movie buff who loves thrill? If yes, Universal Studios Japan is your go-to place. Located in the 3rd largest city of Japan, Osaka, this theme park welcomes over 10 million guests yearly, making it an attraction you cannot miss. The park is set with some of the world’s craziest and daring rides. Regardless of your age, you are sure to find a favourite at Universal Studios Japan. Here is a lead to pick the best Universal Studios Japan Tickets to match your level of adventure.

Why You Must Visit Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

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Osaka is the second largest city in Japan, poplularly known as the Venice of the east. The city holds many enticements and the most popular among them is Universal Studios Japan. The theme park spreads across 130 acres and houses cine inspired attractions, a wonder world of exciting activities for kids and adults alike. Paricipate in fun activities like spooking your friends with a secret spell using a magic wand. Later, take a 4K3D ride to watch Spiderman save the world. Ranked 5th among the top 25 amusement parks in the world, makes it all the more reason to book your Universal Studios Japan tickets soon.

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Universal Studios Japan - Rides You Should Not Miss

The unbelievable attraction areas at USJ will leave you dumbstruck. They reproduce the stories with interactive shows, rides, shops and eateries. Your limited time makes it challenging to visit all. Here is a gist of the fun activities you must bask in to exploit your Universal Studios Japan tickets.

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Super Nintendo World

Super Nintendo World is a new land inside Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. If you're any sort of a diehard Nintendo fan, this place should definitely be at the top of your travel list. Super Nintendo World has two attractions, one restaurant and snack stand, as well as character greetings and interactive elements. You can also explore all sorts of different game-inspired worlds like Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Country.

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Explore The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

UJS covers the whole spectrum of the Hollywood blockbuster- Harry Potter with rides and shows that reproduce the stories. Find Ron’s crashed car on the way to the entrance. Treat yourself with butterbeer at Three Broomsticks, a Harry Potter themed cafe. Do not forget to take an exhilarating ride at Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey.

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A Crazy World Of Minions

Climb aboard a ride that is designed by Gru and enter a process of becoming an actual minion. The ride, inspired by the original movie is all fun and games until you turn into one of these. Buckle your seat belts for a thrilling ride with the minions.

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A Ride With The Amazing Spider Man

Experience a journey that bends reality and leaves you wondering if it was real. Set on this journey with Spiderman to defend the world. The ride has won the title of world’s best ride for 7 consecutive years with the best technology, 4K3D!

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Jurassic Park- The Ride

Set out the tropical forests that host gigantic dinosaurs and learn the wonders of science that brought them back to life. Escape the T.Rex that is waiting to attack you as your boat takes a 25.9 meter drop!

Special Events at Universal Studios Japan

Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Japan celebrates its Halloween Horror Nights between September 8 to November 6 in 2022. Join the fight against a zombie horde in our most nightmarish Street Zombie event ever—now featuring projection mapping! And team up with friends to survive against bloodthirsty creatures in Biohazard™: The Extreme +. Don't miss out on this spine-chilling experience! You should also check out Universal Monsters: Legends of Fear, a reenactment of the most popular maze at Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Orland Resort. This entire set of horror attractions is returning for the first time after 3 years!

NO LIMIT! Christmas

Universal Studios will hold its NO LIMIT! Christmas event from November 11, 2022 until January 9, 2023! USJ is shaking things up this Christmas with their new 'Red Hot Christmas' event. Promising to be the most exciting Christmas event of the year, visitors can expect non-stop fun and excitement under this super-energetic theme. The Crystal Christmas tree will return this year after a 3-year hiatus. The tree held the Guinness World Record for nine consecutive years from 2011 to 2019 for the World’s Most Illuminated Tree. In 2019, the tree had 591,850 lights and also received Guinness certification for the World’s Largest Christmas Snowflake Ornament. For the first time ever, Super Nintendo World will be decorated for winter in 2022!

Best Time To Visit Universal Studios Japan

There is never a bad time to visit Universal Studios Japan since the park is always bustling with super fun attractions! But there are definitely some times that are better than others.

The months of October, November and December would probably be the best time to visit Universal Studios Japan since the footfall is less, which inturn makes the waiting lines shorter. These months also see milder temperatures that are favourable for you to step out and have a good time. January and February have the smallest crowds, and this is mainly due to the weather conditions. The temperature can go down to an average of 2°C once the sun sets.

Another good time to visit Universal Studios Japan is during Spring season, which the prettiest time of the year. The Cherry Blossom flowering starts around March 23 and sees a full bloom around March 30 in Osaka, which lasts for about 1-2 weeks. But expext to see huge crowds and long waiting lines during this time.

Restaurants in Universal Studios Japan

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Yoshi's Snack Island™

If you're looking for a little something sweet to eat while exploring Universal Studios Japan, then you'll definitely want to check out Yoshi's Snack Island. This adorable spot is inspired by everyone's favorite green dinosaur, and it's the perfect place to grab a bite in between rides.
Recommended: Green Shell Calzone Filled with Yakisoba & Cheese

The Dragon’s Pearl

The Dragon's Pearl is one of the most popular restaurants in Universal Studios Japan. Located in the heart of the park, this restaurant offers a wide variety of Chinese and Japanese dishes. The restaurant is also known for its wholesome meals, excellent service and friendly staff.
Recommended: Dragon's Pearl Combo with Zhajiangmian

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Louie’s N.Y. Pizza Parlor

Louies N.Y Pizza Parlor is a great pizza place in Universal Studios Japan. The pizza is delicious, and it is made with fresh ingredients. The sauce is perfect, and the crust is thin and crispy. The restaurant is quite popular so it's usually busy. If you're looking for your go-to pizza, soda and fries combo, make your way to this pizza parlor!
Recommended: Pastrami Pizza with Halloween Crust

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Mario Cafe & Store™

As soon as you step into the Mario Cafe, you'll feel like you're in a video game. The interior is crawling with color, and once you're done marveling at how pretty everything is, you can snag some Super Mario-themed cakes, pancakes and soft drinks.
Recommended: Pancake Sandwich Mario's Cap Strawberry Shortcake

Three Broomsticks™

The Three Broomsticks is a popular wizarding pub in the Harry Potter series, and now you can find it in Universal Studios Japan! This quaint little pub is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, or any other wizarding beverage of your choice. Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a quick bite or a cozy spot to enjoy a pint, the Three Broomsticks is the perfect spot!
Recommended: The Great Feast™ and Butterbeer™

All You Need To Know About Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan Operating Hours

The park usually is open from 8:00 or 9:00 AM until 9:00 or 10:00 PM, depending on the date you choose to visit.
The timings can change every week. Check their official website the day before you visit to avoid confusion.

Restrictions You Must Know Of

  • Taking pictures of areas that are under construction is not allowed.
  • Food and beverages from outside the park is not allowed.
  • There are specific places designated to smoking with the availability of ashtrays. Smoking elsewhere in the park is prohibited.
  • Please follow a modest dress code and refrain from carrying sharp or dangerous objects.

Facilities at Universal Studios Japan

  • Handicapped accessable parking and restaurants are available at Universal Studios Japan. You can also rent a wheelchair at USJ. Once you inform a crew member, they will bring the wheelchair for you at the parking lot.
  • A First Aid medical room is available if you need medical attention or have gotten injured. There are always medical professionals on duty. Special diaper changing areas for guests with disabilities is also available in the First Aid room.
  • USJ has facilities available for you to breastfeed, feed your baby and change their diaper. If you need hot water for powdered milk or a microwave to prepare baby food, those are both available too.
  • Strollers are available for children under the age of 4. A single-seater stroller is available for 1,100 yen. You can rent them out right at the entrance of the park.
  • Public phones and Drinking Water services are available at all restrooms entrances.

Directions to Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

Get the link to the map here.

Getting There

Getting to Universal Studio Japan is extremely simple with a JR Pass (Japan Rail Pass) in hand! The JR pass was designed specifically for visitors in Japan, providing you with unlimited access to local high speed JR trains, buses & ferries in the Kansai Region around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara & Kobe. With this handy pass, you can zoom through different places in Japan without any hassle.

By Train
The nearest train station is the Universal City Station on the JR Sakurajima Line. The park is 5 minutes walk away from the station.
By Bus
You can take the limousine buses from Osaka Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport directly to USJ. The bus drive from either stations take about one hour.
By Boat
To make your trip more exciting and fun, take the ‘Captain Line’ shuttle ferry from the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium to Universal Studios Japan. The ride only takes 10 minutes.

Insider Tips For Making Full Use Of Your Universal Studios Japan Tickets

  • Public holidays and weekends are the most crowded times. Make sure to plan your visit on a weekday for a wholesome experience.
  • The ticket lines at the gate are almost always long. Book your Universal Studios Japan Tickets beforehand as early as possible.
  • The best time to arrive is as early as possible so you can check off all the major attractions and shows off your list.
  • Most of the souvenir shops get too packed towards the end of the day. Visit them and shop your favourite movie merchandise sooner.
  • Re-entry to the park is not guaranteed. Spend all the time you want in one area before stepping into another.
  • Make sure you wear clothes that suit the weather. Also, carry a spare tee shirt as you can get wet if you are up for Jurassic Park- The Ride.

Universal Studios Japan Reviews

It was awesome , seeing all of the attractions. Having the pass was excellent as you didn't have to queue in line, just scan your pass and your through.

Michelle, Headout, October 2022

It was fantastic! Tickets buying and entrance was very smooth!

Nenad, Headout, October 2022

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