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Universal Studios Japan Revisited 2018 - Osaka

Located at Konohana-ku, Osaka City in Osaka Prefecture, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is one of the four Universal Studios theme parks in the world. It is owned and operated by USJ Co. Ltd with a license from NBC Universal. 

Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

Universal Studios Japan Details

Universal Studios Japan is one of the most famous and most visited theme parks in Japan. It opened on March 31, 2001, which coincidentally happened to be during my 14th birthday (Do the math and you'd know my age already). 

Welcome to Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan Rates

Here's what will first greet you when you enter USJ

Look who came to meet us

Strolling around the Hollywood-ish streets

Can you guess the movie where this car was shown?

Try some Butterbeer!

My family and I first visited Universal Studios Japan during the 5th and 6th day of our 2014-2015 Japan adventure (You can click the links to read more about our first visit to the USJ).  Thankfully, we got to revisit it again during the 13th day of our 2018 Japan Trip. However, unlike last time we only had one day to explore and enjoy it and we also did not have the Universal Express Pass which prioritizes us in the theme park rides. 

Here's what we tried out during our latest visit:

Jaws - The Ride

Jurassic Park: The Flying Dinosaur

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (NEW)

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman The Ride

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Hello Kitty's Cupcake Dream

The Flying Snoopy

Moppy's Balloon Trip

Elmo's Little Drive

Elmo's Imagination Playground

T2 Terminator 2 2D

Sadly, it drizzled that night. Hence, the Special Night Spectacle Parade was canceled. They had a meet and greet instead. We have observed that there were only a few changes since our last visit. A new attraction (Minion Park) was added which replaced the Back to the Future ride before. We also managed to try out some rides which we were not able to try out last time like the T2 Terminator 2 2D, Elmo's Little Drive, and Moppy's Balloon Trip.

Check out Snoopy and friends during their parade

A photo at USJ's famous Arch...

...and globe

Universal CityWalk

USJ's famed arch


Universal Studios Japan Operating Hours:

Universal Studios Japan is commonly open from 8:30AM to 9PM. However, the schedule may change due to weather changes.

Universal Studios Japan Admission Fee:

Universal Studios Japan's current rates for 1Day Studio Passes are 7,900 yen for adults; 5,400 yen for children; and, 7,100 yen for senior citizens.

Why visit Universal Studios Japan?

Universal Studios Japan never fails to astonish kids and kids at heart. No wonder why some people would say that a trip to Osaka won't be complete without visiting USJ (I partially agree with them). It's a perfect whole day activity when you are in Osaka, Japan. 

Getting to Universal Studios Japan:

 

From Kansai International Airport (KIX) ride a JR rapid to Nishikujo Station then transfer to the JR Yumesaki Line to Universal City Station. The whole travel is estimated to last 70 - 75 minutes.

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Comments

  1. oh wow how fun!! I love the one in Florida and would love to travel and go to the others. Harry Potter world is sooooo amazing!!!

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  2. This looks like such a fun trip! I've been to universal in Florida but they didn't have minions. I wouldve loved them lol. And butterbeer? Yes please!! Great post and great read :)

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    1. Thanks Cendu! Please do visit Universal Studios Japan too. You'd surely love it.

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  3. I had heard about the universal studio in Singapore being amazing. But this one looks brilliant too. Thanks for sharing your experience

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    1. You should see Universal Studios Japan as well. You'll love it.

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  4. Have been to many place and observe many view but this one is super awesome

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    1. I kinda agree. USJ will always have a special place i my heart.

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  5. I guessed your age. On march 31st 2019 you'll be 32. Looks like you and you're family had a lot of fun at USJ. I would pay any amount just to visit and play with Spider man characters. Gosh I love that film.

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    1. Hahaha! You got it. =) I might be 32 but this place really brought out the kid in me. You'd love the Spiderman ride here. Please do visit USJ when you are in Japan.

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  6. I love this place. It looks perfect for a long vacation. :)

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    1. I agree. If you have kids, USJ is a perfect place to bring them.

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  7. I've only ever been to Universal Studios in the US so this would be a treat! You clearly had a fun time.

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    1. I haven't been there but I bet it is as fun as USJ. =)

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  8. At a mere 31 (almost 32) you are still a youngster. It is interesting to see how much is the same and yet different between the park here and the one in Singapore.

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you. I still feel like a kid at heart. I would love to see Universal Studios in Singapore. I haven't been inside it but I was able to tour Sentosa Island two years back.

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  9. this one looks so amazing. After seeing these pictures now im thinking to plan my trip.

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    1. Please do include USJ when you visit Osaka Prefecture.

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  10. Nice photo of you at at USJ's famous Arch. Keshia Richmond

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  11. Wow this looks awesome. It's been so long since i've been to a theme park. I just had a friend who just went to Disney in Shanghai so i definitely are wanting to try out some of these new locations. Really cool post and love the photos!

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    1. Thanks so much. Please do visit USJ if you get the chance to go to Japan.

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  12. My husband has such dreams to visit this place! I hope we can venture out there someday. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I love Universal Studio in Singapore but this one looks amazing, too! Can't wait to visit!

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    1. Please do visit this one too. It's also amazing.

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  14. I have only heard good things about Universal studio. Looks like you guys had a great time.

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  15. It looks quite different from the Universal studios in the USA

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    1. I think there are some similarities but there are plenty of differences as well. You should visit this place someday to discover that.

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  16. I am glad that you enjoyed USJ! I want to go this summer with my sister because of the "Cool Japan" campaign.

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    1. Really! I should check the "Cool Japan" campaign. =)

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  17. This is a beautiful sight to behold and memories to recreate. We would give anything in this part of the world to have such facilities. It is beautiful. And you have a beautiful family.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Grace. Will pray that you would also have this in your country.

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  18. I had no idea there wasp Universal Studios in Japan! Looks like so much fun!

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    1. I'm happy to inform you that there is one in Japan. =) You gotta visit this one too! =)

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  19. Wonderful theme park. Pics are looking wonderful. Gonna visit Japan one day. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much. Looking forward to see your posts about Japan someday.

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