Osaka Trip: Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan

After a 10-minute ferry boat ride and a long walk we arrived to our destination, the Universal Studios Japan. It has different areas so we just spent our afternoon walking and enjoying the sights. The Universal Water Parade show was great and tons of fun with popular park characters. Dancers with cool and cheerful costumes were splashing and spraying on guests in the wet zone area.


Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan

We found the Hello Kitty's Ribbon Collection featuring kitty's latest fashion items at Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue situated in the Universal Wonderland. It's full of cuteness so cam-whoring is a must. I was so engrossed that I even forgot to take more photos (without me) for my blog. Luckily I have one. :D There's also a photo-op, meet and greet with Hello Kitty. It was also a comfortable place to be out of the sun and rest for a while. 

Universal Studios Japan

We were able to watch the WaterWorld show. It's action packed full of stunts with motor boats and jet ski gliding in full speed. But I wasn't excited anymore since we've seen this a few times already in Universal Studios Singapore and a similar show at Safari World in Minburi, Thailand.

Universal Studios Japan

Out of all these attractions, we particularly liked the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. When you see the theme come to life, it's like you're feeling the whole thing. It feels so real! For a few minutes  I thought I was Hermione Granger with my magic wand. hahaha The iconic Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade Village and the black lake are worth seeing. The attention to detail are just spectacular. If you like rides, there's a "Flight of the Hippogriff" mini coaster and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Our only regret was that the area was so crammed that our interaction was quite restrained.
Universal Studios Japan
Hogwarts stem engine on display at Hogsmeade station
Universal Studios Japan
Hogsmeade Village
Universal Studios Japan
the iconic Hogwart's Castle
Universal Studios Japan
Flight of the Hippogriff mini coaster ride

The park fills up instantly so we didn't manage to get on the rides. Some shows and rides are based on some of the film studio's most popular films, including Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Jaws and Shrek.   

Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan

There are heaps of street entertainment, themed restaurants/cafes, souvenir shops for everyone. Would certainly recommend Universal Studios Japan if you're looking for fun attractions to experience while in Osaka.

Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan
from sesame street abby and ernie with children

Universal Studios Japan is located in Sakurajima, Osaka and can be accessed by a ferry boat just like what we did. But if you want to skip a long walk better hop on the train. The nearest station is JR Universal City. Park hours vary by season, visit here for more info. Admission tickets (one day pass) from Y6,980 per adult, and Y4,880 per child (ages 4-11). Please take note all the shows are in Japanese.

Till next time,


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