Japan Diaries: Universal Studios Japan

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



We arrived 30 minutes earlier than the ticket booth opening and we found that there was already a queue in the entrance gates. We split the group so that half is queueing for tickets and half is in front of the gates. It was raining and yet once the gates opened, people were suddenly all running towards one direction, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


Snow-capped rooftops along Hogsmeade 😀


Hogwarts (moving) Portraits will make you think you really are inside the Hogwarts Castle.


inside the castle (looks similar to the Defense Against the Dark Arts dungeon, don’t you think?)


Floating candles




inside Ollivander’s


Mr. Ollivander


Hogwarts Express


Zonko’s Joke Shop




Butterbeer – tasted like caramel at first then eventually having a gingery note towards the end.


Toilets inside Hogsmeade



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 :).


the Statue in New York section


Inside the Daily Bugle



Had fun reenacting this scene from Spiderman


Coca Cola building 😀




Back to the future



Christmas in USJ


Schedule board


Night lights


the streets at night


The Flying Snoopy Ride (which we actually rode and enjoyed haha)




the Snitch

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.


Japan Gang conquers USJ

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


The Universal Studios train

Read about our Universal Studios Japan adventure through Babe’s blog post.

*photos were taken by an iPhone 6s and Xiaomi Yi Action Camera


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