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I never liked theme parks but Universal Studios Japan was maximum awesome!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Look, this is my first theme park post as I never really had interest in writing about them or sharing my experience but you have to know about Universal Studios Japan!!!! I won’t do a long intro so let’s get to the chase – see how I spent one full day in USJ Osaka (and why you should visit, too!)[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][us_iconbox icon=”fas|train” iconpos=”left” size=”100px” title=”Getting to Universal Studios Japan” title_tag=”h6″]

Now, this is a bit tricky as I really found Japan trains challenging in terms of transfer. The main point you have to bear in mind is reaching Osaka Station. Once you are there, you need to go to Nishikujo Station and transfer to the Sakurajima Line to Universal City Station. I know it sounds a bit complicated but your keywords are: Nishikujo, Sakurajima line and Universal City.

If you don’t have the Japan Rail ticket, you can purchase a Kansai Area JR 3-day pass that will take you around the Kansai area for unlimited rides. Kyoto is also considered to be part of Kansai so it’s a sweet deal!
[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][us_single_image image=”18217″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][us_iconbox icon=”fas|ticket-alt” iconpos=”left” size=”100px” title=”Universal Studios Japan tickets” title_tag=”h6″]The admission ticket includes park entrance and use of all attractions in the park. Guests aged 12 or over are considered adults, those who are aged 4 to 11 are children, and 65 or over are seniors.[/us_iconbox][vc_empty_space][us_pricing items=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%221-day%20studio%20pass%20%22%2C%22type%22%3A%22featured%22%2C%22price%22%3A%22%2466%20USD%22%2C%22substring%22%3A%22Adults%20(12%2B)%22%2C%22features%22%3A%22Price%20after%20tax%3A%5Cn%3Cb%3E7%2C900%20JPY%3C%2Fb%3E%20or%20%3Cb%3E%2471%20USD%3C%2Fb%3E%22%2C%22btn_color%22%3A%22light%22%2C%22btn_style%22%3A%22solid%22%2C%22btn_size%22%3A%2215px%22%2C%22btn_iconpos%22%3A%22left%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%222-day%20studio%20pass%22%2C%22price%22%3A%22%24111%20USD%22%2C%22substring%22%3A%22Adults%20(12%2B)%22%2C%22features%22%3A%22Price%20after%20tax%3A%5Cn%3Cb%3E13%2C400%20JPY%3C%2Fb%3E%20or%20%3Cb%3E%24120%20USD%3C%2Fb%3E%22%2C%22btn_color%22%3A%22primary%22%2C%22btn_style%22%3A%22solid%22%2C%22btn_size%22%3A%2215px%22%2C%22btn_iconpos%22%3A%22left%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%221-day%20studio%20pass%20%22%2C%22type%22%3A%22featured%22%2C%22price%22%3A%22%2445%20USD%22%2C%22substring%22%3A%22Kids%20(ages%204-11)%22%2C%22features%22%3A%22Price%20after%20tax%3A%5Cn%3Cb%3E7%2C900%20JPY%3C%2Fb%3E%20or%20%3Cb%3E%2449%20USD%3C%2Fb%3E%22%2C%22btn_color%22%3A%22primary%22%2C%22btn_style%22%3A%22solid%22%2C%22btn_size%22%3A%2215px%22%2C%22btn_iconpos%22%3A%22left%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%222-day%20studio%20pass%22%2C%22price%22%3A%22%2475%20USD%22%2C%22substring%22%3A%22Kids%20(ages%204-11)%22%2C%22features%22%3A%22Price%20after%20tax%3A%20%5Cn%3Cb%3E9%2C000%20JPY%3C%2Fb%3E%20or%20%3Cb%3E%2481%20USD%3C%2Fb%3E%22%2C%22btn_color%22%3A%22primary%22%2C%22btn_style%22%3A%22solid%22%2C%22btn_size%22%3A%2215px%22%2C%22btn_iconpos%22%3A%22left%22%7D%5D”][us_message color=”yellow” icon=”fas|dollar-sign”]As per Japanese rule, the consumption tax is a flat 8% on all items.[/us_message][vc_column_text]1-day passes are also available for Seniors (aged 65 and above). The ticket costs 6,575 yen (7,100 yen with tax) = $59 USD.

I must warn you that lines at Universal Studios Japan can be pretty long with an average wait time of 15 minutes. If this is something you don’t want to do, you can purchase an Express Pass which will entitle you to skip the lines. This costs 12,521 JPY ($112.61 USD) when purchased at Kkday but At USJ, they also have a ‘singles line’ which allows individuals without companions to speed through the rides even without the Express Pass. I’m not sure if you will go explore USJ by yourself but it’s good to know that you can![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][us_iconbox icon=”fas|calendar-alt” iconpos=”left” size=”100px” title=”Best time to go to Universal Studios Japan” title_tag=”h6″]Lucky for us, Osaka can be visited all-year round because of its temperate weather. I visited during the low season (July) where Osaka is very hot and humid. Summer in Osaka is from June – August. Fall is also a good time to go to USJ (October and November) and Spring, from March to May. [/us_iconbox][vc_empty_space][us_iconbox icon=”fas|utensil-spoon” iconpos=”left” size=”100px” title=”Food inside Universal Studios Japan” title_tag=”h6″]

If you are inside USJ for a full day (let’s say from 9am – 9pm, you will need at least two big meals and food in USJ are quite expensive. Of course, if you are a hardcore fan of these movies/shows (like One Piece’s Utage Restaurant), it’s really worth trying but if you are on a tight budget, there is a Lawson convenience store by the park gate where you can purchase cheap Japanese food.

Below are the restaurants inside USJ. Feel free to explore them to see what you are going to experience in terms of food.[/us_iconbox][vc_empty_space][vc_tta_tour][vc_tta_section title=”Harry Potter” tab_id=”1532426987201-16949916-adc9″][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Three Broomsticks” banner_desc=”This long-established tavern in Hogsmeade™ is favoured by teachers and students of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The tavern serves its specialty, Butterbeer™, as well as traditional British dishes such as fish and chips and shepherd’s pie.” banner_image=”id^18265|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/THree.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan Harry Potter|title^Three Broomsticks Restaurant USJ|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Hog’s Head” banner_desc=”A dubious establishment adjacent to the Three Broomsticks™, this pub offers a broad selection of drinks, from Butterbeer™ – a non-alcoholic drink that can be enjoyed by children – to Hog’s Head specially-brewed draft beer.” banner_image=”id^18268|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/hogs-head-pub_main_v.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan Harry Potter|title^Hog’s Head Pub USJ|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Universal Wonderland” tab_id=”1532426987383-255b362d-7f70″][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Snoopy’s Backlot Cafe” banner_desc=”A hamburger shop based on the concept of a café where Snoopy and friends gather.” banner_image=”id^18271|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-backlot-cafe.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Snoopy’s Backlot Cafe|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Hello Kitty’s Corner Cafe” banner_desc=”With all kinds of the cutest foods, like steamed buns based on Hello Kitty!” banner_image=”id^18273|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-corner-cafe.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Hello Kitty Corner Cafe|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Amity Vill” tab_id=”1532427739709-459aa305-dd68″][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Amity Landing Restaurant” banner_desc=”Reproducing the shipyard of Amity Village in the movie ‘Jaws’. It’s famous for its fried chicken.” banner_image=”id^18275|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-amity-landing.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Amity Landing Restaurant|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Boardwalk Snacks” banner_desc=”A snack stand in the port town of Amity Village.” banner_image=”id^18276|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-boardwalk-snacks.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Boardwalk Snacks|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Amity Ice Cream” banner_desc=”An ice-cream specialist run by Ellen Brody from ‘Jaws.'” banner_image=”id^18277|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-amity-ice-cream.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Amity Ice Cream|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Jurassic Park” tab_id=”1532428060173-31df1f70-c10c”][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Fossil Fuels” banner_desc=”A snack stand in Jurassic Park. It’s famous for the Jurassic Corn.” banner_image=”id^18279|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-fossil-fuels.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Fossil Fuels|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Lost World Restaurant” banner_desc=”Enjoy the soul food of South America “feijoada“!, a plate full of wild tastes at the hidden restaurant in the jungle.” banner_image=”id^18281|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-lost-world.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Lost World Restaurant|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Discovery Restaurant” banner_desc=”The visitor center that appears in the movie “Jurassic Park” has been reproduced here. A selection of jungle-themed dishes that have been arranged to suit global tastes.” banner_image=”id^18282|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-discovery.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Discovery Restaurant|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”San Francisco” tab_id=”1532428349567-e67a9374-d0c0″][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Happiness Cafe” banner_desc=”A restaurant specializing exclusively in curry rice that’ll make anyone happy, in a remodeled San Francisco warehouse.” banner_image=”id^18284|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-happiness-cafe.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Happiness Cafe|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”The Dragon’s Pearl” banner_desc=”A Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown.” banner_image=”id^18285|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-dragons-pearl.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Dragon’s Pearl|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Minion Park” tab_id=”1532428573754-b8441835-6fa1″][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Delicious Me!” banner_desc=”Witness the Minions creating their mayhem-filled cookie recipes. Try a scrumptious cookie sandwich baked in their latest invention the Minions’ Cookie Machine.” banner_image=”id^18287|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-delicious-me-the-cookie-kitchen.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Delicious Me!|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Pop-a-nana” banner_desc=”What are the Minions’ favourite food…? Bananas, of course! So if they’re the ones making it, even popcorn turns out to be chocolate-banana-flavoured, of course!” banner_image=”id^18289|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-pop-a-nana.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Pop-a-nana|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”New York” tab_id=”1532428834104-4a660e13-cfaf”][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Finnegan’s Bar & Grill” banner_desc=”Have some Western-style food in an Irish pub in Brooklyn. It’s even equipped with a bar where you can enjoy seasonal highball cocktails.” banner_image=”id^18292|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-finnegans.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Finnegan’s Bar & Grill|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Louie’s N.Y. Pizza Parlor” banner_desc=”A casual Italian restaurant that’s proud of their pasta and pizza, located in Little Italy.” banner_image=”id^18296|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-louies.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Louie’s N.Y. Pizza Parlor|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Saido” banner_desc=”A stylish Japanese restaurant with the exterior looks of a Manhattan apartment.” banner_image=”id^18297|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-saido.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Saido|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Park side Grille” banner_desc=”Savor authentic grilled dishes such as steak in course menus in a relaxed restaurant with a great view.” banner_image=”id^18298|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-park-side-grille.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Park side Grille|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Azzurra di Capri” banner_desc=”The pizzas cooked in a stone oven are exquisite. Unwind in a restaurant with an interior design inspired based on the Blue Grotto.” banner_image=”id^18299|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-azzurra-di-capri.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Azzurra di Capri|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Hollywood” tab_id=”1532432423016-cd27a166-7da0″][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Beverly Hills Boulangerie” banner_desc=”At a French-style café on a Beverly Hills street corner, enjoy sandwiches and confectionery.” banner_image=”id^18303|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-beverly-hills-boulangerie.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Beverly Hills Boulangerie|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Pink Café” banner_desc=”The landmark appearance is based on an actual shop located in Hollywood, where ice cream and whoopie pies are popular treats.” banner_image=”id^18304|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-pink-cafe.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Pink Café|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” gap=”2″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Mel’s Drive-In” banner_desc=”Experience the world of ‘American Graffiti!’ This hamburger restaurant’s full of ’50s atmosphere.” banner_image=”id^18305|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-mels-drive-in.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Mel’s Drive-In™|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F8332%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][interactive_banner banner_title=”Studio Stars Restaurant” banner_desc=”A cafeteria in a movie studio. The American-size BBQ roast chicken is a popular item!” banner_image=”id^18306|url^https://www.psimonmyway.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pic-studio-stars.jpg|caption^null|alt^Universal Studios Japan|title^Studio Stars Restaurant|description^null” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kkday.com%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F10851%3Fcid%3D5267||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” banner_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#e95095″ banner_title_style=”font-style:italic;” banner_desc_font_size=”desktop:10px;”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tour][vc_empty_space][us_iconbox icon=”fas|wifi” iconpos=”left” size=”100px” title=”WiFi at Universal Studios Japan” title_tag=”h6″]”USJ_Free_Wifi” is available under the canopy (near the entrance) for 15 minutes per period of use, up to three periods of use per day. 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Highlight # 1 – One Piece Water Battle

Remember the cartoon show, One Piece? If you’re a Monkey D. Luffy fan, this is for you! There will be a stage show by the cast which involves a hardcore water fight with the straw hat crew. Plastic ponchos (or raincoats) are sold in the area so if you didn’t come prepared, you can buy this at Universal Studios Japan.

If you really are a Luffy fan, you might want to check out the One Piece Premiere Show which runs from July 6 – September 30, 2018. They only have this every summer so don’t miss it if you’re in USJ on these dates![/vc_column_text][us_iconbox icon=”far|lightbulb” iconpos=”left” size=”52px” title=”What to expect in the One Piece Water Battle” title_tag=”h6″]You will be standing in front of a stage where the cast will have a skit in Japanese. You probably won’t understand anything but if you know the story, then you will be able to follow. You will engage in a fight with the cast (honestly, I didn’t know when the water fight will happen; I just followed everyone’s lead). As the name suggests, you’re going to be very very wet so make sure you cover yourself and/or have extra clothes. Keep your gadgets covered, too! You will get to interact with the One Piece characters so it’s really going to be fun![/us_iconbox][vc_empty_space][us_message color=”yellow” icon=”fas|check-square”]Fun Fact: There is a French restaurant that serves food items “cooked by” Sanji, chef of the Straw Hat Pirates. There is also a souvenir shop dedicated for One Piece Items![/us_message][us_separator thick=”3″ style=”dashed” color=”primary” type=”default”][vc_column_text]

Highlight #2 – Water Surprise Parade

[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra3dKnlZzmA” video_title=””][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The Water Surprise Parade is a day parade including famous icons like Snoopy, Hello Kitty and of course, the all-time favourite: Minions!!!! It’s very similar to One Piece Water Battle. The only difference here is that the parade is moving. You will still get very wet so keep your ponchos handy![/vc_column_text][us_iconbox icon=”far|lightbulb” iconpos=”left” size=”52px” title=”What to expect in the Water Surprise Parade” title_tag=”h6″]The parade peeps have more top of the line water guns and the street posts where the parade is passing by are ejecting water, too! There is no way you’re going to be dry in this activity so get ready! You also need to make sure to be in a good spot when the show starts. It can get really packed![/us_iconbox][vc_empty_space][us_message color=”yellow” icon=”fas|check-square”]Fun Fact: Universal Studios Japan has not featured a day parade since the fantastic Reborn parade ended in March 2017.[/us_message][us_separator thick=”3″ style=”dashed” color=”primary” type=”default”][vc_column_text]

Highlight #3 – Minion Snow Fight

[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTUB9UriHjs” video_title=””][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]After a very wet party from the first 2 attractions, we headed to the Minion Snow Fight where I thought I will not be wet but still did!!! They had machine-gun-like poles that were ejecting snow all over the place. The singing spree is also in Japanese but you will dance to how the minions sing. It was really good![/vc_column_text][us_iconbox icon=”far|lightbulb” iconpos=”left” size=”52px” title=”What to expect in the Minion Snow Fight” title_tag=”h6″]This is also a standing position (facing the stage) so make sure to secure a good spot before it starts. People of all ages will participate in the water fight, I even let the kids aim at me! [/us_iconbox][vc_empty_space][us_message color=”yellow” icon=”fas|check-square”]Fun Fact: The Minions’ language may sound like gibberish, but many of their phrases will be recognisable. “Banana” is banana (natch), Bapples is apples, para tú is rough Spanish meaning “for you” and “gelato” is ice cream. Each word in “minion-ese” translates to an actual word.[/us_message][us_separator thick=”3″ style=”dashed” color=”primary” type=”default”][vc_column_text]

Highlight #4 – Minion Park

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There was one goal in visiting the Minion Park: pop-a-nana!!!!! We had popcorns in minion tubs that come in different costumes. I was torn between the Hawaiian Minion and King Minion (literally with a cape and a crown!) but in the end, Hawaiian won![/vc_column_text][us_gallery ids=”18361,18362″ layout=”masonry” columns=”2″ indents=”1″ img_size=”us_600_0″][us_iconbox icon=”far|lightbulb” iconpos=”left” size=”52px” title=”What to expect in the Minion Park” title_tag=”h6″]There will be minions everywhere you look. Their voices are also echoing in the entire park singing songs that you won’t understand but is pleasant to the ear! There are also rides inside the park for kids and adults.[/us_iconbox][vc_empty_space][us_message color=”yellow” icon=”fas|check-square”]Fun Fact: I never watched the Minions Movie or Despicable Me. But I did watch it at my hotel after visiting USJ![/us_message][us_separator thick=”3″ style=”dashed” color=”primary” type=”default”][vc_column_text]

Highlight #5 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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My favourite (and I bet, everyone’s, too)!!!! It looked exactly like how I read it when I was 12 – a cobblestoned shopping area for the wizarding world. I felt like a Hogwarts student purchasing the necessary supplies for the first day of school.

Butter beers at the Leaky Cauldron (order the frozen one!), Owls from Eeylops Owl Emporium, wands from Ollivanders, books from Flourish and Blotts and the great firebolt displayed at the window of the Quality Quidditch Supplies — Diagon Alley is completely hidden from the Muggle world and in here, at Universal Studios Japan, everyone’s a wizard. The magic is real![/vc_column_text][us_iconbox icon=”far|lightbulb” iconpos=”left” size=”52px” title=”What to expect in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” title_tag=”h6″]

Everything Harry Potter. The stores (as in Diagon Alley) are selling wands, robes, and even Firebolts! Make sure to order Butter Beers at the Three Broomsticks Restaurant. Their outdoor area has the castle view.

Indoors, you will see photos moving though there were no confusing staircases. The Fat Lady guarding the doors of Gryffindor was present, too! You must not miss the Harry Potter’s Forbidden Journey because THIS IS THE BEST RIDE you’ll ever experience in any theme parks in the world! I wanted to do it over and over![/us_iconbox][us_message color=”yellow” icon=”fas|check-square”]Fun Fact: Harry Potter almost came to Disney World! Reportedly, Disney pitched a wand shooter attraction with an exit gift shop and a magical creatures petting to be built at the Magic Kingdom, on the former site of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. didn’t like the idea so it did not push through. .[/us_message][us_separator thick=”3″ style=”dashed” color=”primary” type=”default”][vc_column_text]

Highlight #6 – Universal Spectacle Night Parade

[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK3iKs3dHAU” video_title=””][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Normally, I’d skip parades to avoid the cramp of people going out of theme parks and take the train at the same time but I tell you what – this parade is worth staying for!!!! In this parade, you will get to see everyone again, from Harry Potter to Minions, even Jurassic Park and Transformers!!!! Watch the video above and you’ll see what I mean![/vc_column_text][us_separator thick=”3″ style=”dashed” color=”primary” type=”default”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_single_image image=”18385″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Have you been to Universal Studios Japan?

What was your favourite ride? Did you like the food? How was your experience in general? I’d like to hear your thoughts! Please leave your ideas and suggestions (that may not be in this post) in the comment box below![/vc_column_text][us_separator type=”default”][us_iconbox icon=”fab|pinterest” title=”Going to USJ soon?”]This guide can come handy! Hover the image on the left and pin it to Pinterest! [/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator thick=”3″ style=”dashed” color=”primary” type=”default”][us_cta title=”Liked this article? Did it help?” btn_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.paypal.com%2Fcgi-bin%2Fwebscr%3Fcmd%3D_s-xclick%26hosted_button_id%3D7R5AVNGH99CSU||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow” btn_label=”Buy coffee for Trisha”]I take my time in creating the best content that will help you plan your travels smoothly. Money is also required in order to maintain this blog but I won’t ask for that! You can spare a dollar or two to my coffee fund, only if you think this blog is helpful![/us_cta][us_separator thick=”3″ style=”dashed” color=”primary” type=”default”][vc_custom_heading text=”Keep on exploring!” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Satisfy%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_separator type=”short” thick=”3″][vc_column_text]

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Rebecca

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Fantastic! Looks like so much fun! Japan just do everything great!! <3 <3 <3