Universal Japan has some of the favorites from other Universal Parks such as Adventures of Spiderman, Jaws (very energetic ride ops) Shrek 4D, Terminator 3D and Jurassic Park There are also rides no longer at other parks (Brackdraft and Back to the Future). Lastly there are unique coasters in Hollywood Dream and Space Fantasy. Hollywood Dream is a fun B&M with decent airtime and music. Space Fantasy is themed to a popular Japanese movie and since it is in the old ET building, they have hidden ET in the attraction.
The cast is polite, friendly, helpful and efficient. Theming is wonderful throughout the park and on the rides.
There are many options that include Japanese, Chinese, Italian or Western (hamburgers) food. Some of the more popular options are: Dragon's Pearl (Chinese buffet), Happiness Cafe (Japanese Curry), Mel's Drive-In (Burgers), Louie's NY Pizza Parlor, Finnegans Irish Pub. But that is only a partial list of the eateries, there are too many to list. Also scattered throughout the park are food carts serving everything from desserts to octopus.
Universal Japan is open year round.
Access & Location
The park is a short walk from the Universal City stop in the JR Line. Directions from the airpport or Osaka can be found on the park's website: http://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Bus service is available from Kansai and Osaka ariports. Details can be found through the same link as the rail service.
Universal Japan has 5 Official hotels and 8 others referred to as Alliance or Associate hotels. All are convenient to Universal and information can be found here: http://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Virtual Queue Options
There are 3 versions of the Universal Express Pass with information available here: http://www.usj.co.jp/e/
The park also offers Single Rider lines for Hollywood Dream, Space Fantasy, Spiderman, Jaws and Jurassic Park. Ride operators will ask the group you are being paired with if they are comfortable with this arrangement before grouping you as a single rider.
Major shows include Waterworld and Universal Monsters Live Rock and Roll show. Various parades occur throughout the day culminating with the once nightly Magical Starlight Parade.
If you were to wake up in the middle of Universal Studios Japan, you might think that you were back in the US. This is a more compact version of Universal’s Florida park, which also borrows heavily from Universal in Hollywood and Islands of Adventure—right down to the City Walk shopping-and-dining area. But despite the sense of déjà vu, Universal Japan is a lot of fun, with plenty to offer all age groups, including the unique Hollywood Dream roller coaster (one of the best in Japan) and a nice, indoor air-conditioned area for kids (Snoopy Studios). Even if you’ve been to Universal’s other parks, this is definitely worth a visit; after all, you haven’t lived until you’ve experienced Jaws in Japanese.
Its very clean, and all the lines moves so smoothly. There is no worry of being line jumped, or bumped into from the back. Most people like their personal space. I have never been to another Universal park, but going to this one makes really want to see the others. I loved everything.
Universal Studios Japan is sort of like a "best of" park, filled with great attractions found in Hollywood, USF, and IOA. Aside from Japanese versions of the American attractions, this park has some great rides that are unique to Japan. Hollywood Dream is a fun B&M coaster that fits into the park beautifully. In addition, Space Fantasy is really a surprise gem. It was very easy to spend a full day at this park, I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area!
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Food and Drink
Really nice mash up of various Universal US rides, shows, and attractions.
Citywalk area outside of park has great shopping and dining options.
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