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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® - Prices, Access, Attractions And Tips
Written by Mayu
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® in Osaka is one of the most popular theme parks in Japan. This article tells you all about how you reach the park, ticket prices and how to stay to get the most out of your experience
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS® has only four locations worldwide. Only two of them are outside of America. One is in Singapore and one in Osaka, Japan. Every UNIVERSAL STUDIOS® has different kinds of attractions and themes, which is one of the reasons why UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® is incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike.
In this article, we will introduce UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®, tell you how to get there, what to see and do there and how to shorten your waiting time at attractions.
What is UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®?
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®, is a theme park where visitors can experience the world of Hollywood movies created Universal Pictures and occasionally other makers as well. In recent years they also showcase popular Japanese anime such as Sailor Moon, EVANGELION and Attack on Titan through their project UNIVERSAL COOL JAPAN.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS started out as a touring attraction through the real Universal Picture studios. Later it developed into a theme park, giving visitors a look behind the scenes of popular movies and television shows. Nowadays it offers whole recreations of movie worlds, amazing cross reality rides and attractions and even popular goods, foods and drinks that can be seen in the movies such as Harry Potters famous Butterbeer.
Ticket Prices and Where to Purchase Them
You can buy tickets on the day of your visit at the ticket window by the park entrance. However, it is highly recommended to buy advance tickets online to save time. You will not have to stand in line for your ticket and can directly enter the park. All the links for purchasing tickets online are listed at the official homepage. You can also purchase tickets online via Klook and at travel agency branches, including JTB locations.
Prices are as follows:
Studio Pass (Normal) - 7400 yen for adults (Aged 12 or over), 4980 yen for children (Ages 4 to 11), 6650 yen for seniors (Aged 65 or over)
2-Day Studio Pass - 12,450 yen for adults, 8420 yen for children
Reduce Waiting Time with Express Tickets and VIP Wristbands
For some of the most popular rides you might have to wait in line for up to an hour. If you don't want to spend all of your time at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® waiting, it is highly encouraged to buy an Express Ticket to shorten waiting time. The Express Tickets can also be purchased online or directly at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®.
You can choose between three options:
Universal Express™ Pass 3 (express entrance for three of the most popular attractions) - 5400 yen
Universal Express™ Pass 4 (express entrance for four of the most popular attractions) - 6800 yen
Universal Express™ Pass 7 (express entrance for seven of the most popular attractions) - 10400 yen
You can purchase an express pass via Klook which will allow you early entry into the park. This way you can get to your favorite attractions before everyone else.
Another tip is to wait in the single rider line instead of the pair line. You might not sit together with your friend or partner but you might be able to shorten your waiting time by quite a bit.
The Highlights of UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® has plenty of popular attractions to delight visitors. Besides the amazing rides, there are also popular photo spots and delightful shops all over the theme park.
Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey
This attraction faithfully recreates the world of the Harry Potter movies with the latest 4K3D technology. It feels so real you’ll think you’re actually soaring around Hogwarts Castle on a broom.
Amazing Adventures Of Spider-Man: The Ride 4K3D
"The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" ride recreates the New York cityscape with the latest 4K3D technology. As you swing from building to building, you’ll feel like you’re really adventuring alongside with the web slinger himself.
Jurassic Park: The Ride
Visitors will ride a vehicle to explore the Jurassic Park. You can meet eight dinosaur species. Watch out for the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Another popular Jurassic Park ride is "The Flying Dinosaur". An upside-down rollercoaster will swing you through the air like a mad flying dinosaur.
UNIVERSAL COOL JAPAN
Changing attractions based one popular Japanese animes. Only available at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®. In 2019, it will feature Sailor Moon, EVANGELION, Godzilla, Attack on Titan, Detective Conan and Lupin the 3rd.
How to get to Universal Studios Japan®
From Shin Osaka Station
Via Shin-Osaka Station (JR Kyoto Line, bound for Nishi-Akashi)→Osaka Station (JR Kansai Airport Express, bound for Kansai Airport)→Nishikujo Station (JR Yumesaki Line, bound for Sakurajima)→Universal City Station
The fare is 220 yen and takes about 20 minutes.
From Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport)
1.Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport): Connecting Bus or Airport Limousine Bus, a direct trip to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®
Use a convenient limousine bus to head to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® directly from Osaka International Airport. It takes 45 minutes.
2. Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport): Osaka International Airport Station (Osaka Monorail, bound for Kadoma City)→Hotarugaike Station (Hankyu Takarazuka Line, bound for Umeda)→Umeda Station (walk)→Osaka Station (JR Kansai Airport Express, bound for Kansai Airport)→Nishikujo Station (JR Yumesaki Line, bound for Sakurajima)→Universal City Station
This is the route if you want to go to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® by train. The fare is 600 yen, and it takes 50 minutes.
From Tokyo, you need to either take the bullet train from Tokyo or Shinagawa to Shin Osaka or fly from Haneda Airport to Osaka International Airport or Kansai International Airport.
Refer to the information above to get to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® once you arrive in Osaka.
You can double-check access routes for UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®® on the UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® official homepage.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® has so many attractions that it's not possible to see everything in just one day. If you want to spend two or three days and enjoy the attractions at a leisurely pace, why not stay at one of the nearby hotels? You won’t have to travel very far to your hotel, so you can use the extra time to unwind and prepare for your adventure.
These hotels are within walking distance from UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®.
・The Park Front Hotel At UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®
・ Hotel Kintetsu Universal City
・ Hotel Keihan Universal City
・ Hotel Keihan Universal Tower
・ Hotel Universal Port
Some hotels also operate direct shuttle buses that go to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®.
・Rihga Royal Hotel
・Hyatt Regency Osaka
・Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers
・Kobe Portopia Hotel
All of these hotels are affiliated with UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®, so guests have the advantage of being able to buy their tickets to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® at the front desk.
*Tickets are available in limited quantities.
Plan your hotel stay and ticket purchases wisely, and enjoy the world of Hollywood to your heart’s content.
Step Into the Fantastic World of UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® truly has the power to make you feel like you are in your favorite movie. No matter if you a drinking Butterbeer and casting spells in Hogwarts, save the world with Spider-man, encounter prehistoric dinosaurs or have fun with crazy minions, you will be surely having an amazing day in a magical world.