One of the must-go to places in Osaka for a theme park lover such as myself is definitely the Universal Studios located in Osaka bay, Japan. USJ was the first theme park under the Universal Studios brand built in Asia. It also houses the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the first in Asia and is probably the main attraction in USJ. It was raining on the day that we went there but it didn’t stop us from having the best time in USJ.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
It wasn’t a peak season when we went to USJ but during peak times, it may be necessary to obtain a Timed Entry Ticket to be able to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or else you cannot enter without one if the place is congested. After our first ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (inside the castle and is like the coolest ride ever!) , we went around all the shops inside Hogsmeade such as Zonko’s Joke Shop, Honeydukes, Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, Dervish and Banges and Ollivanders. It was a bit surreal seeing the stuff that I’ve read from the book in reality but yeah, we got a bit crazy. Anyways, we also went inside Ollivanders where we got to experience a wand-choosing-the-wizard and one girl actually got a free wand during the process. While we would have liked to stay there all day, we finally decided to leave and explore more of what USJ has to offer.
USJ is divided into 8 sections, TWWOHP is among one, as well as Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, and Universal Wonderland. We tried to get into rides as much as we can. It was a gloomy day but the rain actually didn’t make an appearance again until the afternoon :).
Before closing time we went back to TWWOHP and was able to ride the Flight of the Hippogriff and again the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, which was our last ride (first and last ride). One day is definitely not enough to actually explore the whole of USJ so I know I’m definitely gonna come back here. It was already a bit crowded so I cannot imagine how congested it would be during peak season. After our final ride, we took one final group photo and headed our way back to the hotel.
How to go there:
We took the Osaka Loop Line to Tennoji and then took the Sakurajima Line from Nishikujo Station towards Universal City Station.
Studio Admission (One Day Studio Pass)
Adult: 7200 JPY
Child: 4980 JPY
Senior: 6470 JPY
Adult/Senior with Disability: 3600
Child with Disability: 2490
Twilight Pass (3:00-9:00pm admission):
Adult: 5800 JPY
Child: 4400 JPY
Universal Studio Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm
Ticket Booth Opens: 7:45am
Gate opens: 8:45am
Read about our Universal Studios Japan adventure through Babe’s blog post.
*photos were taken by an iPhone 6s and Xiaomi Yi Action Camera