Visiting Universal Studio and Harry Potter

Let’s be children again… Magic place where you can do and be what you want 🙂

Universal Studios Japan has been going strong since 2001 and it’s been expanded multiple times since its first inauguration. They say to check out every single ride and attraction, you will need at least three days. However many of us especially tourist can only spare one day for the park. So it is important to prioritize on what you want to see in the Park. Just like what an amusement park should be, Universal Studios Japan is dedicated to American movie features and live entertainment, with a big emphasis on Japanese culture.

in front of USJ

This sprawling theme park is located in the south of Osaka. Shortly after the park was introduced to Japanese citizens, Universal Studios Japan became one of the coolest things to do in the city.

The main reason I visit Universal Studio Japan is for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. For parents with little kid like us there is a special lane where parents can swap taking the ride. And there is also single rider lane which Hubbie enjoyed for the ride I’m not interested in.

How to get to USJ

A train ride from central Osaka doesn’t eat more than 30 minutes of your time budget. We hailed the Hanshin Namba Line from the Namba Station to Nishikujo station. Get off at this knot and transfer to the JR Sakurajima Line and carry on to Universal Studio Station. After heading out, walk for 5 more minutes until you see the entrance gate of the park.

What to do in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Once we go inside USJ we went straight to get the time ticket to visit Harry Potter and stroll around the park until we can enter Harry Potter Studio as per the time ticket.

Hogwart Castle

Unlike the castle miniature in UK’s Warner Bros Studio, in Japan they built the giant castle of Hogwart.

Drink Butter Beer

Take Pictures with Hogwart Train and the famous Flying Car

The train
The famous flying car

Stroll around the Village and shop for Harry Potter’s Souvenirs

Better if you buy the wand, you can practice your spell at one of their corner.

What to do in Universal Studio Japan

Despicable Me – Minion studio mayhem

Alyssa so excited to meet and greet with Minion character

Minion: Alyssa favourite character

Take the ride Jurassic park and The Flying Dinosaur.

Shop for USJ souvenirs and try the Top vendor snacks and cuisines

USJ also has dedicated area for children 6 years old and below which Alyssa enjoyed

And don’t miss the Meet and Greet with movie characters. Alyssa star struck and officially now a big fan of Hello Kitty

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