Universal Studios Japan / USJ

USJ (Universal Studios Japan) is arguably one of the top tourist attractions in Osaka. Located in Universal city, and with its very own station on the Osaka Yumesaki line, it is easily accessible by train and car.
USJ homepage here.
USJ facebook page here.
How do I get there?
Map to USJ (by train)

Via USJ homepage
If you plan to drive to USJ, there is a huge carpark on site. You have to pay a set fee for the whole day, so if you plan to stay only a few hours, it might be more affordable to park in the Universal City carpark instead.
You could also come by bus (from Kansai airport or Itami airport).
How much is it?
You can buy a 1 or 2 day pass, and the price differs depending on age.
A one-day pass for Children (aged 4-11) is 5,100 with tax, Adults (aged 12 and over) 7,600 with tax, and Seniors (65 years and over) 6,830 with tax.
A two-day pass for Children (aged 4-11) is 8,620 with tax and Adults (aged 12 and over) is 12,800 with tax.
*If you prefer to skip the lines, an Express-pass ticket is also available. You can buy them at the gate, but numbers are limited, so arrive early if you want to take advantage of these tickets (if you can speak/read Japanese, you can also buy these tickets online).
*If you arrive after 3:00pm, the tickets are slightly cheaper.
If you plan to stay longer (or live in Osaka), an annual passport is a very reasonable way to buy tickets.
A one-year passport for Children (aged 4-11) is 16,800 with tax and Adults (aged 12 and over) 22,800 with tax.
What time is it open?
The park is open from 9:30-19:00 every day, with many days having extended hours. Check the park calendar here.
What should I bring?
Comfortable shoes, layers of clothing (temperatures fluctuate between midday and evening), a plastic poncho (if you plan to get wet!), and your wallet (entry tickets provide full access to all attractions but of course food, drinks and souvenirs will be extra).
What can I do there?
At each part of the park, you can experience the rides, shops, characters and restaurants.
Check out the following for more fun (links to the main USJ website).
Large zones
- The Wizarding world of Harry Potter (for HP fans)
- Universal wonderland (for smaller kids)
Harry Potter
Via Savvy Tokyo
- Despicable Me minion mayhem
- Spiderman the ride
- Hollywood dream the ride
- Hollywood dream the ride - backdrop
- Space fantasy the ride
- The flying dinosaur
- Jurassic park the ride
- Jaws
Show attractions
- Terminator 2 (3D)
- Waterworld (live show)
- Backdraft
- Universal monsters live rock and roll show
- Animation celebration
- Shrek 4-D adventure
- Sesame street 4-D movie magic
- Yo-kai taiso
Stage shows and street shows
- Minion hacha mecha time
- Minion hacha mecha greeting
- Minon super greeting
- R and B the voice
- Turn up the street
- Sesame street ultimate dance
- Violin trio 2017
- Dinosaur wonder experience
* some attractions will be temporarily closed during the 2017-2018 period, check the table below.
Temporary ride closures

Via USJ homepage
What can my kids do there?
Universal wonderland is a great area for kids with less intense rides, music, shops, restaurants, cute characters and more. There are fairground games to play here too. USJ gets very crowded, so keep an eye on your little ones (there is a `Missing children` desk located in guest services).
Are there special facilities for parents with babies?
There are facilities for breastfeeding, bottle feeding and diaper changing in 2 locations (near guest services, and inside Universal wonderland).
-There are diaper changing tables located in each of the restrooms located through the park.
-Baby food (for babies aged 7-12mo) is sold in Snoopy`s Backlot Cafe and Studio Stars restaurant.
-Stroller rental is available just inside the entrance to USJ on the right side.
* Some attractions have age/height limitations, also limitations for pregnant women. Please check the rules of each ride before entering.
* For more information on facilities for pets, wheelchairs and shipping services, check here.
Check out these fun snacks available in the park...
Via USJ Homepage
Check out these great souvenirs available in the park...
Via USJ homepage
Have a wonderful day out!
Fran xx

Fran Japani