Background of Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan offers interactive and immersive thrills to its visitors. Here, you have a chance to travel to Jurassic Park or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and enjoy thrilling rides, eye-popping special effects and high-octane blockbuster entertainment.
This 140 acres theme park is home to international crowd-pleasers, from Spider-Man to Sesame Street, plus popular Japanese manga-themed attractions in eight fantasy worlds that will surely captivate visitors of all ages. It is the Japanese incarnation of the top US theme park.
Make way for muggles
Most visitors head straight to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Get to explore the crowded streets of Hogsmeade, call in at Ollivanders Wand Shop and join the queue for the star attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, where you can swoop over Hogwarts in a thrilling virtual reality ride with Harry and friends.
Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue
Visit the pink-tinted world of Japan’s cutest cat, Hello Kitty. In Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue (Wonderland), you’ll find a host of kitty-themed attractions for big and little fans. There are meet-and-greet experiences, photo ops, and shopping opportunities for visitors.
Sesame Street friends
Elsewhere in Wonderland, meet old friends from Sesame Street, and Snoopy and his pals.
Watch out, it’s JAWS!
Prepare to be scared on the world’s only remaining full-length Jaws ride. Just like the movie, it’s a classic attraction for those who looks for thrilling experience.
Tricks, treats, and zombies
Besides year-round dazzling high-tech light shows and night parades, the park marks the seasons with special events. Be sure to watch out for zombies on the loose at Halloween and the spectacular Christmas celebrations and decorations.
Comic book heroes
For fans of anime and Japanese gaming, Universal Cool Japan has a changing program of events and attractions featuring popular characters from Attack on Titan, Detective Conan, Monster Hunter, and Sailor Moon.
Shopping at Universal City Walk Osaka
Universal City Walk Osaka is a place filled with restaurants, shops, and souvenir stalls, perfect for those who don’t want to wait in a long line foe food.
Time for takoyaki
The Osaka Takoyaki Museum is dedicated to the city’s famous street food snack: fried octopus balls in batter, or better known as takoyaki. The exhibits inside the museum explain the history of takoyaki alongside souvenir stalls and even takoyaki-themed games.
- Universal Studios Japan has over 10 million visitors annually, making the place bursting of people at times, particularly on weekends and holidays. Try to arrive early, avoid weekends and plan your itinerary in advance.
- Allot a full day to visit the park and the surrounding City Walk area. Be prepared for large crowds and long lines, especially on weekends and during holiday periods. Consider purchasing an Express Pass to reduce queuing times for the most popular attractions. However, there are only limited number of Express Passes available for purchase each day.
- If you are looking for a place to stay near the theme park for easy access, try staying at one of the on-site hotels in the area. The Osaka Bay Area is also home to the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium, which makes for a great half-day or full-day trip.
- There is English signage in the park, but ride commentaries are in Japanese.
How to go
Universal Studios Japan is easily reached from downtown Osaka and surrounding transport hubs.
From Osaka/Umeda Station, take the JR Osaka Loop Line (platform one) to Nishikujo Station. Then transfer to the Sakurajima Line and ride two stops to Universal City Station.
2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu