Universal Studios Japan is a spacious and popular theme park that lies in the Osaka (大阪) bay area. As the name suggests, its theme consists of various works from the movie producer Universal Studios.
Universal Studios Japan first opened its doors in March 2001, being the first of its kind in all of Asia. It spans an incredible area of 39 hectares full of amusement park fun. Its popularity only falls short to Tokyo’s (東京) Disney Resort, making it the second most visited theme park in all of Japan (日本).
Universal Studios Japan offers eight big sections right now, all of which are made to somewhat resemble one of the studio’s works. The sections are as follows: Jurassic Park, Amity Village, Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Waterworld, Universal Wonderland and the Harry Potter universe.
In these sections you can enjoy an abundance of rides, ranging from child-friendly to exciting roller coasters. In short, this park is yet another perfect family destination. Apart from rides, you can also experience simulations from universes such as Spiderman or Terminator.
Being a theme park with lots of well-known characters and movies, Universal Studios Japan also has lots of opportunities to take pictures with said characters. It’s perfect to create some cool memories.
Outside of the park’s gates you can find the usual shopping mall that comes with every amusement park. It’s called Universal Citywalk Osaka and offers a great amount of shopping and entertainment value. In addition, official Universal hotels can be found as well.
This is your stop for Universal Studios merchandise and other souvenirs. Here, you can also find the Takoyaki (たこ焼き) museum where lots of vendors come together to serve local dishes.
Opening Hours & Admission Fees
- Usually open from 9:00 – 19:00 (more info on their official website)
- There are no closing days throughout the year
- Admission fee varies depending on the date of visit and age:
- 4-11 years old: 5,100 to 5,900 Yen (43€/$47 – 50€/$55 (exchange rate as of September 2019))
- 12-64 years old: 7,400 to 8,700 Yen (63€/$69 – 74€/$81)
- Over 65 years old: 6,700 to 7,800 Yen (57€/$63 – 67€/$73)
Passes can be bought at the park gates, some JR ticket counters, partner hotels and some convenience stores.
How to get to Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan is located in the Osaka Bay area. There are 3 main methods of getting there:
You can take a direct train from Osaka Station that takes around 15 minutes and costs 180 Yen (1,53€/$1,68). If you want to get there from Kansai International Airport (関西国際空港) directly, you can take a JR airport rapid train. Get off at Nishikuji Station and transfer to the JR Yumesaki Line to Universal City Station. This should take about 75 minutes and costs 1,190 Yen (10€/$11).
Busses are also available from Kansai International Airport which takes 50-70 minutes and costs 1,550 Yen (13€/$14.50).
The third and last alternative would be to take a ferry from the nearby Osaka aquarium. This takes about 10 minutes and costs 700 Yen (5,93€/$6.55) one way. Round trip and combination tickets with the aquarium are also available.
Universal Studios Japan is one of the most popular and celebrated theme parks. Its spacious sections and dozens of rides bring joy to children and adults alike. It’s a must-visit for every fan of Universal Studios’ works such as Jurassic Park or Harry Potter. You can reach it very easily from Osaka Station and can combine it with Osaka aquarium or the bay area in general.
You can stay in one of the Universal Studios hotels to get the full experience.
That’s it for Universal Studios Japan, I hope you enjoyed it!
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In my next post I would like to talk about the aforementioned Osaka aquarium named Kaiyukan!
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