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Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

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Families flock to Universal Studios Japan for the shows, rides, and attractions that fill the park, an installment of the international Universal Studios brand. The park includes a number of the classic rides and sections, such as Marvel comic book roller coasters, a Jurassic Park ride, and a Wizarding World of Harry Potter featuring restaurants, shops, and rides. Research tickets and opening times in advance, as lines can get very long. Note that most of the signs and performances are only in Japanese. Put Universal Studios Japan on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Osaka holiday planner.
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  • We were lucky enough to get the Express Pass so we could bypass the SUPER LONG lines. If you can, please buy the Express Pass it will save you HOURS of waiting in line. When we bought our passes, they...  more »
  • Get there early and the waits for rides are shorter. After an hour of entering the park, waits are well over 75 minutes (this was May 26,Friday). If you can afford an express pass-do it. It will save ...  more »
  • Harry potter attraction was my main purpose. I came early and straight to harry potter attraction. The queue was not too long in the morning. It took only 15-half hour for waiting. The attraction was ...  more »
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  • We went on a non-busy day and non-busy timing so we got to play the rides really quickly. We covered all the major attractions but it was not as fun / exciting as Disneyland or Universal studios Singapore. However the crew and staff were really polite and friendly. I think the background music doesn't match the theme park - there are very few mascots walking around and the food is HORRIBLE at a high price. You can actually bring food into the park as they don't check your bags / no security. The Harry Potter segment was really wonderful though.
  • I am not a fan of thrill rides but we did go on the Jurassic park ride and some of the new 4D experiences. So real!!! The new minion park opened and the Japanese are all dressed up for the occasion. The two day pass will probably be a better choice if you plan to go in all the rides but the express pass definitely made a difference for those who didn't have to wait in the long lines. There is also a quick 3ntry to the Harry Potter castle walk that usually doesn't have line. It was nice to see a nice restaurant inside the park which was pricey but more comforting compared to eating fast food and candies. We had some really good thin crust pizza at the pizzeria.
  • Horrible experience. Waiting in line for more than 3 hours for the Harry Potter and Forbidden Journey ride? The sign outside the ride said the wait was 120 minutes. Within the first hour of waiting everything was going smooth until they announced that there was some sort of malfunction or incident which caused the line to come to a halt and sit down in line for about 50 minutes. *Oh yeah, if you're going to announce something, please provide a translation. After that, the line started moving again. Then it came to another halt. No announcements or employees saying anything. Stood there for ANOTHER extra hour. The wait was so bad that people from the line were walking all the way to the front to see what the heck was going on. It turns out the employees were letting in all of the people with express tickets in. NO ONE from our line was allowed to go. They just told the people in the front to wait. Now keep in mind people with express tickets were literally just coming from outside and walking through the locker rooms to put their belongings for the ride. Their wait seemed about a good 5-10 minutes with how fast their line was moving because the employees were letting them all in. I understand that it's an express ticket line and people with express tickets get there faster, but that DOES NOT mean you exclude, ignore, and not allow anyone from our line to move on. We've been all waiting for 3 1/2 hours and some of us even longer. At one point I had enough of this and walked all the way to the front and confronted a worker. I asked him why the hell were none of us moving and they were? His answer was "because they have express tickets". I said I don't care what they have, why are none of us not freaking moving? His answer was, "please wait". I was so pissed off. After I said something I noticed a family and other Japanese girls saying something too. Never again. This is horrible customer service.
  • Always a fun time! The merchandise is much more expensive than Disney in Tokyo but it's of the same good quality. Fast Pass is essential if you want to do the rides! The queues for everything are very long, no exceptions. Plus on busy days (weekends and public holidays) you need the Fast pass to secure entry into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. For foreigners, you can use the website to purchase tickets and fast passes and use Google translate to awkwardly navigate. But if you're not sure, probably book via a travel agency.
  • A must-to-go place in Japan when you were Harry Potter geeks. This place offers a good experience to feel the Hogwarts life. Beside that, the other attractions are great either. You have to spend full day long to enjoy every attraction here. But, you have to notice that most of the guidance of the attractions here were conducted in Japanese, even the Harry Potter was dubbed in Japanese.