Universal Studios Japan – The Ultimate Guide

Universal Studios Japan is a must visit when you are in Osaka, Japan! This amazing theme park has something for everyone!

This was my first visit to Universal Studios Japan and it will not be the last. The park constantly adds new attractions with limited time Super Cool Japan Anime to the Super Nintendo World opening later this year!

Universal Studios Japan is extremely popular with local Japanese and foreign tourist. A little planning will be required, or you might be stuck in queues for hours instead of enjoying the rides.

Buy Tickets in Advance

Entrance tickets can be bought at the ticket counter at the theme park. Unless you are a fan of queuing, save yourself some time and buy your Universal Studios Japan tickets in advance.

Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an e-ticket with QR code. Just scan the code at the automated entrance and you’re in the park!

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Universal Studios is Tuesdays and Wednesdays (except public holidays). Entrance tickets are usually cheaper too as it is considered as ‘low’ period.

Weekends & Japan Public Holidays are extremely crowded with local and foreign tourist. Be ready to queue for hours unless you buy an Express Pass.

You might want to consider going during Halloween and Christmas for special festive events. I was there for this year’s Christmas and they had the Universal Crystal Christmas show featuring the world’s most illuminated Christmas tree!

Glimpse of Universal Crystal Christmas Show

Universal Studios Japan Express Pass

The Universal Studios Japan Express Pass is an add on to your entrance ticket that allows you to skip the queue for selected rides depending on the type of pass. Some rides have fixed time slot which you can only skip the queue during that period.

The Express Pass have limited quantities and gets sold out fast, especially on weekends or public holidays. The price of the Express Pass fluctuates based on demand and supply. You may contact Leisure Holidays to check the latest price.

Lots of laughter at the end of the Jurassic Park Ride

Plan Your Rides

As there are many rides and attractions in Universal Studios Japan, you need to plan your rides carefully.

Thrill Seekers

For thrill seekers fans, we recommend the following:

– Hollywood Dream The Ride: Backdrop
– The Flying Dinosaur
– Jurassic Park: The Ride
– Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
– Jaws
– Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey
– Universal Spectacle Night Parade


For Harry Potter fans, we recommend the following:

– Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey
– The Flying Dinosaur
– Jurassic Park: The Ride
– Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
– Spider Man
– Jaws
– The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
– Universal Spectacle Night Parade

Universal Spectacle Night Parade – Transformers

Cute Stuff Lovers

For those who prefer cute stuff or milder riders, we recommend the following:

– Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
– Minion Park
– Backdraft
– Hollywood Zone
– Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue & Snoopy Studios
– Jaws
– Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
– Universal Spectacle Night Parade

You can also plan your own preferred rides using the Universal Studios Japan Map. Do check the Shows & Attractions Timetable as some rides or attractions may be closed during your visit.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Light Show
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Light Show
Long queue for Minions Mayhem

How To Get To Universal Studios Japan

The easiest way to get to Universal Studios Japan is by train. Take the JR Sakurajima Line (also known as JR Yumesaki Line) to Universal City Station. Universal Studios Japan is just a short walk from the station.

Try to arrive before the opening times and get ready to dash to popular rides like Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey and The Flying Dinosaur. As Universal Studios Japan opening times vary by day, do check the official opening hours.

Pro Tips

  1. Bring a poncho as you will get wet during the Jurassic Park – The Ride.
  2. Hang around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the late evening to catch the light show. afternoon to night so you get to catch the new night show.
  3. Try the Butter Beer (non-alcoholic) at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. During summer, there is the cold & frozen version. The frozen version taste like ice cream. In Winter, there is the cold and warm. The taste a bit like root beer but creamier.
  4. Try the turkey leg at Jurassic Park.
  5. Try the caramel banana popcorn at the Minion Park.
  6. Try the tasty hot dogs at the San Francisco area
  7. Queue at the single rider lane if the waiting time is long. Most Japanese prefer to go in a group, so single rider lanes are much shorter.
  8. Skip the theatre shows. Most are in Japanese and there are not subtitles.

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