[Japan] Universal Studios Osaka

To be completely honest, I’m not the type to get excited at the thought of spending an entire day under the sun, among the crowd, at a theme park. It’s very far from what I would call an ideal day, but getting the chance to visit Universal Studios Japan was an exception. We went during the autumn season when it was cool enough for me to enjoy roaming the place without sweating buckets. Scheduling our visit on a weekday probably helped too; I don’t want to find out how crowded the place can get on a weekend!

Universal Studios globe

USJ trick or treat

It was also trick-or-treat season and adorable kids were going around the place, receiving candies from employees and mascots alike. 🙂

Fiona and Shrek at USJ

Ernie at USJ

I was so psyched when I saw Ernie from Sesame Street and just had to take a photo! Bert was there too, surrounded by other Sesame Street fans raring to take their photos with the mascots.

Snoopy at USJ

Charlie Brown at USJ

Charlie Brown! ♥ Sad we didn’t get to see other Peanuts characters apart from Snoopy and Charlie Brown. 🙁

I thought “meeting” these characters was fun, but bumping into the number of people who were willing to dress up in Japan was a lot better. You and your friends can wear absolutely anything and nobody would think you’re crazy.

cosplay Simpsons

cosplay Olaf

cosplay bananas

cosplay cup noodles

This trio dressed up as cup noodles was my absolute favorite! Don’t they look so cute? I spotted them from afar while we were taking a break from walking around, and S and I ran after them with our cameras in hand. Good thing somebody else stopped them for a photo and we managed to squeeze in and snap a photo for ourselves. 🙂

I’ve been to Universal Studios Singapore before, so I was mostly excited to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan. We had to fall in line to get the timed tickets, but it wasn’t a long wait since the queuing system was super efficient. Very Japanese. 😉

HP ticket USJ

HP Castle USJ

HP Chocolate Frogs

HP wands USJ

Whose wand will you pick? 🙂

HP Group Feast at USJ

The Great Feast (Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Platter) at the Three Broomsticks was a winner! It WAS expensive, but I thought it was worth the experience. 🙂

HP other schools

Walk around outside and you can even take a photo with the students of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute.

HP Castle at night

Hogwarts Castle was more beautiful at night, in my opinion.

HP butterbeer

Of course, who would visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and not think of Butterbeer? Admittedly, I had apprehensions in trying the said beverage but I’m so glad I decided to drink up. It was truly sweet though, especially if you get the version with ice cream on top, but it reminded me of those old rootbeer floats I used to love.  It’s worth ordering a mug or two. 🙂

Since October was trick-or treating season inside Universal Studios Japan and Halloween was in full-swing, it also meant that the zombie outbreak we were hearing about was bound to happen once night time arrived. I’m not sure if it’s something they do every year or if they have Halloween specials which differ per year, but the dim lighting, sound of explosives, chainsaws and screaming inside USJ really set the proper creepy mood while we were there. Oh, by the way, the Harry Potter World and kids’ areas were all kept safe from the zombies. Anywhere else was fair game though, and you might find yourself being targeted by groups of zombies lumbering around. 😉

USJ Resident Evil

Cool uniform of a Universal Studios employee handling the Biohazard attraction, a ride which only went on for a limited run. I wouldn’t mind wearing something like that, but I don’t think I can handle the stress of being chased by zombies inside an enclosed space and all I have is a gun. :p

USJ Zombie car

zombie on the streets

Zombies on the street!

Mel's Diner USJ

Universal Studios Japan is located at 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan. If you have the handy dandy JR Pass with you, I suggest taking advantage of the unlimited rides and catch the JR trains to Universal Studios Japan. The JR Yumesaki Line from Nishikujo Station will take you directly to Universal Studios. 🙂

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