Day Trip to Universal Studios Japan (Osaka) Part I: The Beginning

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Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
The crowd at Universal Studios Japan (Osaka) on a weekday morning

Being stationed in Kyoto, we made our way to Osaka early in the morning. The journey was relatively long (about an hour and a half) but it was pretty straight forward (e.g. we managed to find our way and did not get lost) and worth it since we had the JR Pass.

[Getting to Universal Studios Japan from Kyoto]

When we arrived at the theme park at around 10 in the morning, there was a moderate (manageable) crowd. The park usually opens between 8:30am and 9:30am and closes between 7:00pm and 9:00pm with the longer hours on weekends and public holidays; depending on the seasons. So do remember to check the official website to confirm the opening and closing times, and which attractions are closed etc...

Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
The gate where you have to show your ticket to enter, and the crowd making their way in~
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Look at all those people! Don't be daunted though, the theme park is big and after the entrance the crowd disperses more evenly. 😀

Since there is quite a bit to blog about and lots of photos, it will be split into 4 parts:
  1. The overall experience / intro
  2. The rides and show
  3. The food and mascots
  4. The Animation Celebration (Hollywood) Parade

Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン), is located in Osaka, and is one of 4 Universal Studios theme parks. The attractions are located in about 8 areas of the theme park, namely (in no particular order):
  1. Amity Village
  2. New York
  3. Hollywood
  4. San Francisco
  5. Jurassic Park
  6. Minion Plaza
  7. Universal Wonderland
  8. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

We managed to do and see quite a bit of things (not to mention a little souvenir shopping), eat theme park food and seeing all the mascots (and their meet and greets)! We even managed to catch the parade and one show – The Animation Celebration (Hollywood). [Watch it here]
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Face painting services
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Souvenir stands near the main entrance
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Everything pink and sweek - Moppy's Lucky Spot!
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Photo session with Cookie Monster taking place. We also spotted Elmo but he was too busy acting cute. lol
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Minons truck and photo taking session!
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Minions meet-and-greet-session! All that yellow and smiles all around 😆
Conclusion: All in all, it was an eventful fulfilling day at the theme park. After dinner (which was minion themed), we made our way back to our AirBnB accommodation in Kyoto. Not too shabby I would say. Of course, not being able to visit the Harry Potter World only makes it more propelling to go back again in the future!

Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Near night time as we made our way out of Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
The iconic Universal Studios globe
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)
Universal Studios Japan (Osaka) as we departed for the day. We will be back!
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