Universal Studios Japan - Osaka

Located in Konohana-ku, Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン) 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

Universal Studios Japan details

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) opened on March 31, 2001. During the opening year alone, the theme park was visited by 11 million guests, becoming the world's fastest amusement park to achieve the 10 million milestones at that time.

Universal Studios Japan - Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

Since then, Universal Studios Japan has had approximately 8 million visitors every year. According to the 2013 Theme Index Global Attraction Attendance Report, Universal Studios Japan is ranked ninth among the top 25 amusement theme parks worldwide. 

The Universal Studios Japan Arch at night

Here's what you'd see upon entering USJ

The different themed attractions and rides of Universal Studios Japan are arranged in the eight areas of the park. These areas are:
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Jurassic Park
  • Amity Village
  • Hollywood
  • Waterworld
  • Universal Wonderland
  • Lagoon
Wanna avoid getting lost? Then check this USJ map.

Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter area

What a cute owl
Choose your side!

A ninth area, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened last July 15, 2014. Aside from the rides and attractions, the park also boasts its Christmas tree. It was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most Illuminated Christmas tree in the world for having 260,498 lights.

Thanks to the Express Pass we were able to ride most of the attractions of USJ

Flight of the Hippogriff - Nope you won't fly here...

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey the newest and probably the best ride in USJ

Universal Wonderland

Jaws - The Ride

Hollywood Dream/ Backdrop... one of the best rides in USJ

Flying Snoopy- a ride for kids of all ages

Spidey fans... Here's a ride for you!

Jurassic Park - The Ride - I also love this one!

Enjoying the games and food with our Japanese family...

...and friends

We visited USJ during the fifth and sixth of our 2014-2015 Japan trip. My wife and I almost tried all its rides due to our Universal Express Pass. The Universal Express Pass allowed us to skip the long lines and save more time. Aside from that, our Japanese family and friends accompanied us, helping us with our daughter and scheduling of rides. 

A part of the show Gift of Angels

The tree with the most lights according to Guinness

Before leaving you should try out this turkey leg...

...and butterbeer

What I like about USJ is the production called Gift of Angels. It is similar to most of the night illumination festivals that we have seen in the country. the use of lights and sounds really made the production magical and a must-watch. Overall, our 2-day adventure in USJ was one of the highlights of our stay in Japan.

Good night USJ!

Universal Studios Japan Rates:

USJ Rates*

*rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Universal Studios Japan Operating Hours

Universal Studios Japan is open from 9AM - 9PM daily.

Why visit Universal Studios Japan?

Universal Studios Japan is one of the numerous theme parks found around Japan. However, it's one of the most famous and most visited among all these theme parks. You should include this place in your itinerary if you have an extra budget and you want to experience its attractions particularly the Harry Potter Rides. 

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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