Universal Studios Japan (USJ) was the first theme park under the Universal Studios brand to be built in Asia.
Opened in March 2001 in the Osaka Bay Area, the theme park occupies an area of 39 hectares and is the most visited amusement park in Japan after Tokyo Disney Resort. (Which includes Tokyo DisneySEA)
Universal Studios Japan currently has ten sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Snoopy Studios, Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue, Sesame Street Fun Zone, Lagoon, Water World, Amity Village.
Visitors are able to enjoy many amusement rides, ranging from child-friendly carousels to thrilling roller coasters and simulators, based on popular movies such as Spiderman, Back to the Future, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park.
In 2014, a Harry Potter related attraction is scheduled to be added.
An eleventh area, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, will open by 2014 with its flagship attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The area will be modeled on the areas of the same names at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Hollywood.
The theme park also offers many opportunities to take pictures with popular characters’ mascots such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty and the puppets of Sesame Street.
There are also various shows put on every day, including a night parade whereby illuminated floats are paraded through the streets.
The different areas are categorized as follows:
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man – The Ride
Terminator 2: 3-D
4-D Theatre Shrek’s
4-D Adventure Sesame Street
4-D Movie Magic Universal Monsters Live Rock and Roll Show Animation Celebration 3D
Hollywood Dream – The Ride
Space Fantasy: The Ride
Magical Starlight Parade Fantastic World
Back to the Future – The Ride
Jurassic Park: The Ride
Snoopy’s Great Race
Peppermint Patty’s Stunt Slide
The Flying Snoopy
Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Dream
Hello Kitty’s Ribbon Collection
Elmo’s Bubble Bubble
Abby’s Magical Party
Moppy’s Lucky Dance Party
Big Bird’s Big Nest
Grover’s Construction Company
Bert and Ernie’s Wonder-The Sea
Sesame’s Big Drive
Big Bird’s Climbing Nest
Abby’s Magical Tree
Abby’s Magical Garden
Cookie Monster Slide
Ernie’s Rubber Duckie Race
Elmo’s Little Drive
Big Bird’s Big Top Circus
Peter Pan’s Neverland
Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular
Express Passes, that allow holders to skip lines for selected rides, are available for four rides (3,200 yen) or seven rides (4,900 yen) on the day of the visit at the entrance gate and inside the park. Express Passes may sell out on busy days.
La-La-La-La Elmo’s Song!
Sesame Street fun zone is a great area to take your kids to!
The Sesame Street themed areas are a new attraction which opened not too long ago, on march 2012.
Feel like a kid, all over again!~
More pictures of Universal Studios Osaka below.
I ❤ Churros
If you happen to be in the Kansai region, remember to take a day off to party with the ✬ STARS of USJ!
We’ve had an awesome day!~
Just outside the park’s gates is Universal Citywalk Osaka, a shopping mall with multiple official hotels and many restaurants and shops, including stores selling Universal Studios merchandise and Osaka souvenirs.
Furthermore, the Osaka Takoyaki Museum, which is essentially a collection of several popular vendors of the local dish gathered under one roof, is located on the mall’s fourth floor.
Great way to end the day with a delicious hot dinner!