What to Expect of Universal Studios Japan®

What to Expect of Universal Studios Japan®

Universal Studios Japan® will not surprise you from the airplane window because it is located in Osaka, Japan, but it will do it from the exit of the train. When the train stops at the Universal Station, you will see a new whole city. The most exciting thing about it is that you will also encounter a taste of Japan’s favorite and most popular cartoons worldwide!

So the journey to get to Universal Studios Japan® is so much different than the one from Tokyo DisneySea®. This is because you have to get a train from Tokyo to Osaka. In my case, I had to take two because before going to this park I made a stop at Kyoto. But it was significantly easier to get from Kyoto to Osaka, I think is a lot more complex to travel all the way from Tokyo to Osaka (the tickets for the Japan Railway (JR Lines) train is complicated as well as the train station!) On the other hand, I really advise you that once you get out of the train station at Universal Studios Japan® you should NOT walk, you better run! I mean it literally! This is because the lines to buy the park tickets are huge even though there are 5 cashier windows. If you are traveling with someone else, you should get the advantage of this and separate in different lines just to see who make it first at the cashier window. Furthermore, while waiting in line, it is a good idea to decide what are your top attractions so you can get the Universal Express Pass®. This is very important: If you do NOT buy the Universal Express Pass®, you do NOT get the chance to ride your favorite attractions that same day. Yet, you got to be careful on the schedule of the attraction. I still remember that to ride The Flying Dinosaur I had only 1 hour left before that specific attraction closed even though I had bought the Universal Express Pass®. However, if you do not have rush and are planning to stay there for more than one day, then there are plenty of hotels options to choose from.

Once you are inside of the park, you may want to keep walking fast because the lines are really long even the fast lines. Therefore, you got to make a plan based on what you would like to do for that day and to get the most of it. In my case, my first stop was at the show attraction Terminator 2:3D®, Backdraft® and the Universal Re-BOOOOOOOORN-Parade (You do NOT want to miss this show). My favorite ride attractions were: Flying Dinosaur, Jurassic Park The Ride®, The Amazing Adventures of The Spider-Man The Ride – 4k3D, Hollywood Dream- The Ride. For Street shows: The Minions Super Greeting. Lastly but not least, I visited The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. All of these attractions and shows were super cool. However, my favorite place of all of them was the Universal Wonderland. I know that this specific world is mostly for kids, but I was super content when I found Hello Kitty! I love Hello Kitty. As expected, you can go shopping at her store as well as getting onto some Hello Kitty theme rides!

I cannot wait for you to tell me your experience if have been here, If you have any questions, please comment below!

These are some of the pictures I took during this AMAZING trip:

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2 Comments

  1. Amandine Dubois
    March 5, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    Hello. I see you had a great time in Universal Studio Japan. I’d like to go there in April but I don’t understand the system of tickets. Should I book for one day or I can buy a ticket and go whenever I want ?
    One more question : how do you know the hour of the parade to plan your day ?
    I take note of your advices about attractions. I hope I’ll be able to go.
    Thank you for sharing your experience.

    • Pia Briones
      March 6, 2017 / 2:31 am

      Hello Amandine Dubois 🙂

      Thanks for commenting and for the questions!
      I believe that if you go to Universal Studios Japan, you will enjoy it as much as I did 🙂 When I went to Universal Studios Japan (summer 2016) I did not have to purchase in advance the entrance tickets. However, I think that it would have saved me time on the lines. I also consider that if you are not sure about the exact date/time you are going, you should better just go to the park and purchase the tickets once you are there. One thing to note is that the lines get really crowded. Therefore, you should by the Express Tickets.
      Regarding the time of parades and (street) shows, you can verify them once you are at the park. That is, once you enter and buy your ticket the sales customer will give you your Express tickets, entrance tickets and the Universal Studios Japan Map. This map (on the back side of it) will also include the itinerary of the activities for that specific day as well as the attractions that will be closed for that day. The itinerary will be written in Japanese and English. I hope you can make it. It will be an amazing experience to cherish in life.
      If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact me. You can also subscribe to my newsletter ^_^ if you would like more information about my experience traveling to Japan 🙂
      Good luck on your trip!!!

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