Universal Studios Japan was the first Universal Studios theme park built in Asia. Located in the Osaka Bay Area, the park spans a massive size of 39 hectares that aptly accommodates millions of visitors from near and far. Opened in March 31, 2001, this park is patterned after the Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. Universal Studios in Japan is one of the top 25 amusement and theme parks worldwide. In Japan, this ranks as the second most-visited theme park next to Tokyo Disneyland.
Universal Studios has whole lot to offer to its visitors, starting from the park’s eight sections: Universal Wonderland, Amity Village, Jurassic Park, Lagoon, Hollywood, San Francisco, New York and Waterworld. The attractions are mostly inspired by popular Universal Studios movies including ET, Spiderman, Terminator II, Back to the Future, and the most popular of all, the Jurassic Park. Universal Studios Japan will bring an ear-to-ear smile to Harry Potter fans as a Harry Potter theme section, to be called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is on its way to this famous park with the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as its flagship attraction.
Apart from the thrilling rides that range from child-friendly carousel to loops and turns of the roller coaster, the park’s numerous eye-catching landmarks provide magnificent backdrop for photos and videos. Children highly-anticipate the appearances of their favorite characters such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street. One of the highlights of Japan’s Universal Studio tour is the night parade, a parade of illuminated and intricately-designed floats that glow in the dark. And because the parade is simply amazing, no visitor must dare miss it.
After the fulfilling experience in the grounds of Universal Studios, visitors usually head to Universal City Walk Osaka, a strip of hotels, malls and restaurants just outside the theme park. Here, tourists can buy Osaka tokens and souvenirs, as well as Universal Studios merchandise. The mall’s fourth floor, tagged as Osaka Takoyaki Museum, is a popular spot as it serves as a venue for vendors selling popular local dishes.
Most people visiting Universal Studios in Japan are tourists of neighboring countries in Asia such as Taiwan, China and South Korea. Tourists from other continents who visit Japan often include the Universal Studio trip in their list of to-see places. Foreigners find their gateway to Universal Studios through Kansai Airport. From there, train transfers from Nishikujo Station to JR Yumesaki Line and to Universal City Station leads to the theme park. From Universal City Station, it only takes a good five minute walk to get to the entrance gate of the theme park. Universal Studios of Osaka is open every day from 9:00 to 21:00 during peak season and 10:00 to 17:00 during low season.