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Universal Studios, Osaka in Japan

Osaka is a kind of calm place to visit rather than Tokyo, which is a capital city and one of the busiest city in Japan. One of the two biggest theme parks in Japan, Universal Studios Japan is a must-visit and once you visit you will get a feeling that it was worth a visit to the theme park.  If you are a fan of amusement parks the Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is a must-visit place.

USJ is one of the 6 theme parks of Universal Studios theme park which is wholly owned by NBCUniversal. The attractions and theme area of the park resembles that in Orlando, Florida. The park opened in the year 2001 is one of the first parks where they had an annual footfall of 11million guests in its opening year.  From its inception till today, USJ has an average footfall of 8 million guests every year making this one of the highly recommended tourist places. USJ receives guests from various parts of the world however, Chinese, South Koreans and Japanese tourists contribute to a major number of visitors per year.

Located in Konohana-Ku, Osaka region in Japan. USJ is connected via various transportation services. Located around 7km from Osaka city near to the Osaka Bay it is a mere 15-minute journey by Japanese Railways. To visit USJ you need to board Osaka Loop Line and get down at Nishikujo Station, here you need to switch to Yumesaki Line and get down to Universal-city Station.  It will be very easy as the trains will be decorated with Universal characters.

To book tickets to USJ there are many options

Tickets are segregated to Children aged 4-11, adults aged 12-65 and senior aged 65+.

The basic admission tickets to USJ is Children 1 day pass costs 49US$, 2-day pass costs 96US$. Adults 1-day pass costs 71US$, 2 Day pass costs 141US$, seniors 1-day pass costs 65US$. The ticket prices may vary which depends on date, day of the visit. If visiting during peak period expect to pay an extra amount. You can purchase tickets at the booth where the ticket booth is open 1 hour before the park opens and 2 hours before the park closes. However, you can also book tickets in advance using one of the many partner sites mentioned on USJ websites.

You are also eligible to purchase Universal Express pass. These passes allow you to visit the themed attractions without any wait at the queue. Universal Express pass can be purchased online or at the booth, however, they are limited and if you miss then you need to purchase the next day. There are 2 varieties where you can purchase USJ Express Pass.

  • Universal Express Pass 4

This pass allows you to experience 4 of the most famed attractions in USJ. There are various options where you can purchase this pass, however, Sing-on-tour, The Flying Dinosaur, Minion ride cost you around 71US$ per ticket and Premium Express Pass 4 costs 89US$ per ticket.

  1. Universal Express Pass 4 Minion ride allows the express attraction to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, The amazing adventure of Spiderman – The ride 4K3D or Jurassic Park – The Ride, JAWS or Terminator 2:3D or Backdraft
  2. Universal Express Pass 4 The Flying Dinosaur allows express attractions to The Flying Dinosaur, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, The amazing adventure of Spiderman – The ride 4K3D or Hollywood Dream – The Ride, JAWS or Terminator 2:3D or Backdraft
  3. Universal Express Pass 4 SING on Tour allows express attractions to SING on Tour, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The amazing adventure of Spiderman – The ride 4K3D or Jurassic Park – The Ride, Terminator 2:3D or Backdraft.
  4. Universal Express Pass 4 Premium allows express attractions to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Flying Dinosaur.Universal Studios Express Pass 7
    Universal Studios Express Pass 7 allows the attraction to 7 attractions where you can enter without standing in the queue.
  1. Universal Express Pass 7 Backdrop allows express attraction to Hollywood Dream –The Ride-Backdrop, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The amazing adventure of Spiderman – The ride 4K3D or JAWS, Jurassic Park – The Ride or Terminator 2:3D and Hollywood Dream –The Ride or Backdraft.
  2. Universal Express Pass 7 The Flying Dinosaur allows express attraction to The Flying Dinosaur, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The amazing adventure of Spiderman – The ride 4K3D or JAWS, Jurassic Park – The Ride or Terminator 2:3D and Hollywood Dream –The Ride or Backdraft.
  3. Universal Express Pass 7 SING on Tour allows express attractions to SING on Tour, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The amazing adventure of Spiderman – The ride 4K3D or JAWS, Jurassic Park – The Ride or Terminator 2:3D and Hollywood Dream –The Ride or Backdraft.All the Express pass 7 costs around 98US$ per person.

Universal Studios Japan has nine zones.

Hollywood, Universal Wonderland, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Amity Village, Waterworld, Jurassic Park, San Francisco, Minion Park and New York. You can explore all these regions and the rides and attractions for these places will be provided in upcoming blogs.

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