The next day we left the hotel after breakfast to head to the park I was looking forward to most on the trip, Universal Studios Japan!
It took several trains before we arrived at the park, the train station dumps us right into City Walk (Well half a city walk as it's only one side). We walked to the entrance where our hosts took us downstairs (Yes down stairs as the park entrance is on top of the park's offices.
We were taken to one of the rooms where the park gave us a very great and detailed presentation on the history of the park and even discussed attendance and the flops and successful moves the park has done through the years. The honesty of this park just blew me away.
After the presentation we were supposed to be walked to Hollywood Dream for the first ride but it was still down for weather so we were walked to Space Fantasy.Space Fantasy
It is really hard to describe this ride (Besides being manufactured by MACK) it was just random, weird, and very awesome! If you have on it than you know of the Mirror Room which was the best part.Back To The Future The Ride
After Space Fantasy we went straight for BTTFTR. Being the last in the chain I was looking forward to getting to ride it before they eventually removed it. You could tell the ride is out dated but it was really nostalgic. Going all they way into the future of 2015 was neat
Being we were already soaked we figured why not ride a water ride. It was the exact same as Hollywood and Orlando. JAWS
This was the main reason I signed up for the trip after it was announced USJ would be an add-on. It was the exact same as Orlando was just with crazy Japanese skippers! At least here Harry Potter and JAWS can co-exist (Well at least for now). Snoopy's Great Race
This was the best themed kiddie coaster I have ever seen. It was your typical roller skater though.
We wandered around the snoopy area and checked up on Hollywood Dream before heading to take another ride on Space Fantasy before grabbing a drink at Finnegan's (I LOVE special themed drinks all around the park!). Spiderman The Ride
Turns out during our visit Spiderman was down to get the upgrade the Orlando version just got but USJ was nice enough to give us a peak at the upgrade before it opened to the public in the following weeks. There were no pictures allowed during the tour except the maintenance area. They ran a stationary car through the entire ride program in the maintenance bay and then gave us the new 3D glasses and took us on a walk through the entire track! With the projections running! They were even stopping some of the projections to show off the tiny details that were added they you wouldn't be able to see during the ride. At one point they even let us into a projection room. It was the coolest back stage tour I have been on! So a huge thanks to USJ and the members from our group for making it happen!Hollywood Dream & Hollywood Dreams: Backdrop
Ok so did I mentioned it was pouring ALL DAY! I mean seriously the sky was just dumping a bucket on us all day. We were about an hour and half before we had to leave as we left the tour. Someone got word they may finally open so all of us headed over (It hasn't run all day). We all had express passes (Thanks R&E!) so we all got inline for the express (Normal line was about an hour at this point) after a few test runs followed by more rain (Rides in Japan do not run if it is sprinkling) we thought there was no way it was going to open.
Finally it opened so our entire group went in first and we all took over the who train for Backdrop (Well except the front (Back?)). I am pretty sure everyone choose Smap-Battery for their song (Listening to it as I write this report!). It really was one of my favorite coaster experiences as you could feel all the excitement in the air from everyone on the train and those in line! There was dancing on the train and plenty of people whooping for joy!
Backdrop was pretty fun with some pops of air. We did forward right after but it felt kind of lame. Overall a good ride for the park though and Backdrop was obviously a hit since it is now a permanent attraction, so congrats to USJ!
We grabbed another ride on Space Fantasy before we had to leave for our welcome dinner. We got off the train and walked to a very tiny restaurant where we were met by Mr. Kitagawa of Yokohama Cosmoworld! We were treated to endless yakatori, rice and just a ton of awesome food! Also endless drinks and Saki! No better way to kick off a trip!
Next Stop: Hirakata Park and the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine!