Have you been to Universal Studios Japan™, Osaka’s top movie-themed amusement park? Are you looking for cool new attractions to try this spring 2019 (check out what happens in the park during summer, Halloween, and Christmas)? Us too! So we’ve sent our team out for a day at the end of February and here are our findings.
What You Need to Know Before You Go:
Book your Universal Studios Japan Park Entry ticket ahead with KKday! These allow you to skip the lines and head straight to park.
Special Tickets and Express Passes:
- Universal Express Pass: Breeze through the lines and save hours of precious theme park time with the Universal Express Pass! This add-on ticket gives you priority access to all your favorite attractions, including The Flying Dinosaur and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Choose from the Standard 4 or Express 7 varieties, which let you choose rides to hit up!
- VIP Wristband & Abeno Harukas Observatory Tickets: If you’re planning to go sightseeing in Osaka, this combination ticket allows you to climb up the Abeno Harukas Observatory for a breathtaking view of the city.
- Universal Cool Japan 2019 Express Pass: You’ll need this for exclusive access to this summer season’s coolest attractions: Lupin the Third Car Chase XR Ride and Detective Conan: The World.
- Universal Studios Japan Round-trip Shuttle from Kyoto: Enjoy convenient transportation from Kyoto Station to Universal Studios Japan, and back!
Where To Stay
We recommend staying at Hotel MyStays—there are 2 options which will give you easy access to Universal Studios and other top attractions in Osaka. Check out our detailed article here.
Here’s Your Fun Day Itinerary Around Universal Studios Japan™:
9:am: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™
Line up ASAP for this motion-based ride which will take you through Hogwarts, a Quidditch Match, and finally, the Forbidden Forest. Expect a dark and scenic ride full of enchantment and surprises!
Lunch: Three Broomsticks™ Restaurant
After exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, it’s time to take a break at this cozy, snow-covered inn just like our golden trio. Feast on a hearty serving of Shepherd’s Pie, Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Platter, Fish and Chips, Beef Pasties, and of course, Frozen Butterbeer™!
2:00pm: The Flying Dinosaur™
After digesting your lunch and walking around (make sure your stomach is good to go!), hop onto the terrifying Flying Dinosaur, a terrifying roller coaster that’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Get ready as a Pteranodon swoops in and swings you 360 degrees around and above the magnificent Jurassic Park.
3:00pm: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™ (Indoor Attraction)
This one’s especially for the kids! Spend the afternoon undergoing Minion Training with Gru and the banana-loving Minions—interactive dance parties, catastrophic evil plans, and super silly carnival play zones await.
Grab Souvenirs at IT’S SOOOO FLUFFY!™
Speaking of which, check out Universal Studios Japan’s newest shop, ‘It’s Sooo Fluffy™’ and get your fill of all things soft, girly pink, and sparkly! The shop is bursting with stuffed unicorns, sweatshirts, holders, and all the fluffiness to die for.
5:00pm: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man – The Ride 4K3D
They don’t call it amazing for nothing; this 7-time winner of the world’s best ride award makes use of innovative 4D technology. Immerse yourself in the adrenaline-fueled battle between Spiderman and Sinister Syndicate.
6:00pm: Lupin the Third Car Chase XR Ride
Last but not least, this Universal Cool Japan offering is back with a vengeance this 2019! Get ready to sip through a maze of alleys to escape from Detective Zenigata. Hop into this iconic car with Lupin III and the crew. As a mix of VR technology and part roller coaster, this attraction will give you all new thrills with a twinge of nostalgia for the classic anime.
7:00pm: Detective Conan: The World
At Detective Conan: The World, you get to face off with Conan’s rival, the gentlemanly and brilliant Kaito Kid, the Phantom Thief. Join Conan, Heiji, and Shinichi to crack the case while exploring the whole park for clues!