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Visiting Universal Studios Japan® - Prices, Access Routes and More!
Universal Studios Japan is one of the most popular theme parks found in Japan. Let's learn more about how to reach this park, ticket prices and where to stay to get the most out of a visit here.
Written by Mayu
What Is Universal Studios Japan®?
Universal Studios Japan®, located in Osaka, is a theme park where visitors can experience the world of Hollywood movies.
Thanks to the park’s popular recreations of film worlds, such as Jaws, Jurassic Park: The Ride, and the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, USJ boasts attendance numbers that rival those at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.
In this article, we’ll introduce some useful information for you to know when you visit Universal Studios Japan® concerning ticket prices, access routes, nearby hotels and more.
Ticket Prices And How To Buy Them
You can buy tickets on the day of your visit at the ticket window by the park entrance. Prices are as follows.
Studio Pass (Normal) - 7400 yen for adults, 4980 yen for children, 6650 yen for seniors
2-Day Studio Pass - 12,450 yen for adults, 8420 yen for children
Ticket sales begin an hour before the park opens, so it’s a good idea to buy them early and avoid as much of the line as you can. You can purchase tickets on the official homepage, as well, but be aware that the page is only available in Japanese. You can also purchase tickets at travel agency branches, including JTB locations.
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The Highlights At Universal Studios Japan®
Universal Studios Japan® has plenty of popular attractions to delight visitors.
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 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 webslinger himself.
Jurassic Park: The Ride
On this attraction, visitors will hop in a vehicle and explore the interior of Jurassic Park. You can meet eight dinosaur species, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Other movie-themed attractions include Jaws, Back To The Future and Terminator. You may have to wait for an hour to get on the most popular rides.
You can also get a Universal Express Pass or Royal Studio Pass to reduce your waiting time, so use it wisely.
Getting To Universal Studios Japan®
This is how to get to Universal Studios Japan® via major stations and airports.
Getting From Osaka 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 / Airport Limousine Bus, 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.
Getting From Tokyo To Universal Studios Japan®
From Tokyo, you need to either take the shinkansen from Tokyo/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. When 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 that time to unwind.
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.