A Trip of A Lifetime to Universal Studios Japan

By Salmah Shahnawaz | 27, Oct, 2017
A Trip of A Lifetime to Universal Studios Japan
If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime when you travel to Japan, look no further than Osaka. Amongst the many attractions in Japan and delights that Osaka has to offer, Universal Studios is definitely the biggest one. Perfect for a whole day out with the family, you can select a one-day or two-day pass depending on your schedule. One day is not enough if you want to see everything! When planning where to go in Japan, block a whole day out for the amusement park. Do the necessary preparations beforehand – find out where you can purchase your tickets, check the website for closed attractions, locate food sources around Osaka for you to take with you into Universal Studios, and take prayer mats with you to the park. Even though Muslim-friendly travel to Japan is not as difficult as was previously expected, the park does not have it all.
 
Here are the Universal Studios Japan address and contact details to include in your itinerary:
 
 
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Address

2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
 

Phone number

+81 570-200-606
 

Website

 

Ticket prices

1 Day Studio Pass: Adults (aged 12+) Yen 7038/-; Children (aged 4-11) Yen 4723/-; Seniors (aged 65+) Yen 6325/-
 
2 Day Studio Pass: Adults (aged 12+) Yen 11,852/-; Children (aged 4-11) Yen 7982/-
 

Opening hours

Generally 9am-9pm, but timings differ daily (also depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend) so check the official website before you go
 
Must see: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
 

Halal food

No Halal-certified restaurants on-site, but snacks are available. Check with staff before purchasing
 

Prayer facilities

There is no official prayer room, but don’t hesitate to ask officials (preferably one at a desk or reception) if they can find a quiet space for you to pray.
 
Halal food – There are no Halal hotels near Universal Studios Japan as the official hotels do not have Halal amenities. There are several Halal restaurants around Osaka though, which you should take advantage – ask them to provide boxes of food to take with you to the park as there aren’t any Halal eateries there, with the exception of some seafood.
 
Tips – When you visit Universal Studios Japan, you’ll want to be prepared. Make sure you get there early as the entrance queues are long, and try to get your hands on a map so that you can plan your route in advance. If you can afford it, purchase an Express Pass to cut down on your queue times at the rides. There are three different passes available, and they allow you once chance on selected rides to reduce your waiting time. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ requires a timed-entry ticket that lets you enter only at a specific time, so make sure you get your hands on those! Potter fans will not want to miss out! Tourists (non-locals) get tax-free entrance tickets to the theme park, so have your necessary identification ready when purchasing them. Download the Google translate app if you haven’t already to help you understand the signs. The staff on-site are pretty helpful too.
 
Attractions – With an incredible turnover of around 10 million guests a year, Universal Studios Japan has only gotten better since it opened in 2001.
 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™


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Home to Flight of the Hippogriff, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in 4K3D, Wand Magic, and more, Potterheads will go mad with delight as they live the experience. Make sure you get there on time as your timed-entry ticket is invalid at other times. Get yourself a (Halal) Butterbeer, explore the grounds, and relish in the magic!

 

Universal Wonderland



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Perfect for small children, Universal Wonderland has three themed zones – Snoopy Studios, Hello Kitty’s Fashion Avenue, and Sesame Street Fun Zone. With rides, activities, and outdoor and indoor play, it is a must-do on your family tour to Japan.

 

Rides

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This is not for the faint-hearted. Incredible thrills like Jaws, Jurassic Park, Space Fantasy, Minion Mayhem, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman in 4K3D, Hollywood Dream, and the Flying Dinosaur will have you screaming for your life and out of breath. Twists, turns, flying, and doing a whole rollercoaster backwards is not even half of what you will experience at the ride attractions. If you were wondering what to see and do in Japan, think no more because tummy-drops like this cannot be had just anywhere!
 

Shows


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Immerse yourself in the movies as you face an inferno in Backdraft, a series of stunts in WaterWorld, take a 4D journey with Shrek, and question reality in Terminator. These 4D experiences are so real that you cannot miss it. Let the little ones delight in the adventures of Woody Woodpecker, Sesame Street fun, and a Japanese special: Yo-kai Taiso.
 

Street and Stage Shows


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If you thought that rides and technology were all that Universal Studios had to offer, you hadn’t heard about the live shows. Ever wanted to meet a Minion? Well, you’ll get to here as the streets are filled with Minions at their Hacha-Mecha greetings. You can sing and dance with your favourite Sesame Street characters, you might encounter some dinosaurs, and you can feel your heart sing to the wonderful melody by world-renowned talented musicians. Some of the shows might be in Japanese, so embrace the experience! It’s not every day you get to witness shows in a foreign language.
 

Characters

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Universal Studios Japan has the licence to use characters from both Universal Studios and other parties, which is why you will see Hello Kitty, Peanut, and the Sesame Street characters as well. Don’t miss out on meeting Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Lucy Van Pelt from the Peanut comics; Ernie and Bert, Big Bird and Elmo, Zoe, the Cookie Monster and Grover, Count von Count, Abby Cadabby, and Moppy (especially created for Universal Studios Japan) from Sesame Street; and Woody and Winnie Woodpeckers, Shrek and Fiona, the Minions, Hello Kitty, and the Pink Panther.
 
If Universal Studios wasn’t part of your Halal trip to Japan, it should be now! Dedicate a day to yourself – to the thrills and shrills of your insides churning, questioning reality, and sinking into your favourite movie setting.

Salmah Shahnawaz is an avid reader, travel enthusiast, and a busy body in general. Mostly you will find her daydreaming about her next getaway, nursing a mug of coffee; or with her nose in a book when she can spare the chance.