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Your Guide to USJ’s Latest Summer Attraction: Universal Cool Japan 2018

This summer, head to Universal Studios Japan’s latest park addition: Universal Cool Japan! USJ brings the worlds of Final Fantasy, Monster Hunger, Detective Conan, and Sailor Moon to life! Read KKday’s guide to Universal Cool 2018, and get tips on scoring tickets, skipping lines, rides, and food!

Universal Studios Japan: Tickets

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Rides, Attractions, Tickets
Universal Cool Japan 2018 | image via USJ

The best way to make the most of your theme park time is to book your tickets online and ahead of time. You can order the Standard USJ Admission Tickets through KKday over here. These give you instant access to the park, as well as access to the Universal Cool Attractions.

What about the Express Pass? Is it worth it?

The Universal Cool Express Pass is an add-on ticket that gives you fast entry to the attractions you skip all the lines to the rides.

These months, it’s peak season with school out and travelers from all over the world flocking to Japan. The Universal Cool Express Pass guarantees you spend more time actually enjoying the park rides and attractions, instead of just standing in queue. You can book your Universal Cool Express Pass online as well with KKday.

 


Final Fantasy XR Ride

Enter the Final Fantasy universe on this one-of-a-kind roller coaster ride. Fitted with a VR headset and strapped tightly onto your seat, you’ll get to experience the fateful battle between Sephiroth and Cloud.

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Final Fantasy XR Ride
Universal Cool Japan 2018: Final Fantasy XR Ride | image via USJ

The ultra-realistic 3D images make for an incredible sensory experience that will leave you stunned long after you get off the ride.

Food: Popcorn and Churritos Food Cart

A definite must-try at any theme park are the sweets, and USJ’s churros are one of best there are. The limited edition Cactuar Churitos (550 yen) are delightfully sugar that you’ll be reaching for the adorable Chocobo Popcorn Buckets right after.

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Food
USJ Churritos Food Cart: Cactuar Churros (Price: 550 yen) | image via USJ
Universal Cool Japan 2018: Food
USJ Churritos Food Cart: Chocobo Popcorn Bucket | image via USJ

Monster Hunter: The Real

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Monster Hunter Rides
Universal Cool Japan 2018: Monster Hunter The Real | image via USJ

Whether or not you were a fan of the original RPG, you’ll be in for a wild ride. And we mean that literally! Enter the world of Monster Hunter as a researcher tasked to investigate a new species of monsters on a newly discovered continent. Choose your weapon, explore an unknown environment, and fend of gigantic monsters!

Souvenir Stop: Photo Booth

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Monster Hunter Souvenirs
Monster Hunter Photo Booth (Price: 1,800 yen) | image via USJ

The experience if full of great photo opportunities, and for an extra price, you can purchase prints afterwards.

Food: Treats from the Monster Hunter Food Cart

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Monster Hunter Food Cart
Monster Hunter Food Cart | image via USJ

Monster hunting works up quite the appetite, so be sure to replenish with the Monster Hunter Great Recovery Drink (600 yen) an Felyne Pawprint Omurice (880 yen)

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Monster Hunter Food
Monster Hunter Great Recovery Drink (Price: 600 yen) | image via USJ
Universal Cool Japan 2018: Monster Hunter Food
Monster Hunter Felyne Pawprint Omurice (Price: 880 yen) | image via USJ

Detective Conan: The World

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan Rides
Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan | image via USJ

At over 1,000 manga chapters and 16 anime show seasons, Detective Conan is one of the most well-loved series ever. And Universal Cool Japan 2018 is here to put your sleuthing skills to the test.

Detective Conan: The Escape

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan Rides
Detective Conan: The Escape | image via USJ

No time to play it safe here. At Detective Conan: The Escape, the survival of the world depends on how well you can think under pressure. Join Conan, Amuro, and Haibara find the bomb within the music studio and diffuse it before it explodes.

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan Rides
Detective Conan: The Escape | image via USJ

This thrilling, high-pressure escape game pits you against 200 other participants in a race to complete the 4 tasks and save the world.

For this attraction, you’ll have to purchase the USJ Express Pass. Order your USJ Express Pass – Cool Japan 3 ahead to skip the lines and head straight to the fun and excitement!

Detective Conan: Mystery Challenge

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan Rides
Detective Conan: Mystery Challenge | image via USJ

This mystery hunt game is a great experience for both parents and kids. Together with Heiji Hattori, you guys will work as a team to piece together the clues left by Detective Conan in his notebook.

Souvenir Stop:

There are all sorts of interesting souvenirs you can get for yourself and your loved ones back home!

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan Souvenirs
image via USJ
Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan Souvenirs
image via USJ
Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan Souvenirs
image via USJ

Food: Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan Food
Detective Conan: Mystery Restaurant (Price: 4,980 yen) | image via USJ

You are cordially invited to an elegant dinner party organized by the Suzuki conglomerate. But things take an unexpected turn and and your server—who is really Amuro in disguise—enlists your help to solve the mystery.

You’ll have to figure out the mystery before you can finish the rest of your meal, and each meal set is around 4,980 yen.

Food: Limited Edition Detective Conan Crepe

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Detective Conan Food
Detective Conan Crepes from L to R: Strawberry, Apple and Caramel, and Berries (Price: 690 yen) | image via USJ

After all those mysteries, you’ll definitely have worked up quite the appetite. Be sure to grab of USJ’s signature themed desserts; this summer they’ve got Limited Edition Detective Conan Crepes. Choose from Strawberry (Conan), Apple and Caramel (Gin), or Berries (Ai Haibara) and enjoy the super cute packaging and little cookie!

You can find these sweet desserts by Lombard’s Landing restaurant in Amity Village, for 690 yen.


Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4-D

“Sensing a sinister presence, Usagi Tsukino infiltrates the park with her Sailor Guardians and finds monsters feeding off the energy of the park goers!”

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4-D
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4-D | image via USJ

Enter the world’s very first Sailor Moon Attraction, an incredible 4D show that’s sure to delight fans and park goers with its exciting, original story set right in Universal Studios Japan!

Souvenir Stop:

If you’re anything like us, the movie will leave you feeling hungry for more. Luckily, you can enjoy a magical photo shoot and pose like a Sailor Soldier at the Digital Photo Studio.

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Sailor Moon Souvenir
Sailor Moon Photo Booth Opportunity (Price: 1,800 yen) | image via USJ

Show the world you’re a Sailor Soldier by heading to the Cutie Universal Rod, which sells all shirts, bags, accessories, an even candy!

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Sailor Moon Food
Sailor Moon Merchandise | image via USJ

Hardcore fans will be glad to know that the Universal Cool Express Pass gets them all sorts of limited edition Sailor Moon merchandise.

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Sailor Moon Souvenirs
Sailor Moon Sticks | image via USJ

Grab a Luna Ramune Case when you get the Standard Pass, and enjoy a special face-to-face Miracle Greeting from Tuxedo Mask!

Food:

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Sailor Moon Food
Sailor Moon Power Prism Cake (Price: 800 yen) and Sailor Moon Drink (Price: 580 yen) | image via USJ

After the movie, treat yourself to all sorts of magical sweets at the Beverly Hills Boulangerie. Enjoy Sailor Moon Drink (580 yen) and Sailor Moon Prism Power Cake (800 yen).

Universal Cool Japan 2018: Sailor Moon Food
Sailor Moon Compact Cake | image via USJ

 

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