COCOSKIES | An art blog: Japan: Universal Studios

3.12.14

Japan: Universal Studios


Location
Universal Studios Japan, Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka Prefecture.

Prices
Day ticket: ¥6463/£34.80 (approx.)

Getting there
Catch the JR Yumesaki Line from Osaka Station and get off at Universal City Station. The journey will cost approximately ¥180/97p and will take about 15 minutes.
If you ever travel to Japan, please try and stop off at Universal Studios for a day. You will love it!

In my opinion USJ definitely surpasses Disneyland Paris. Sorry! Disneyland is really good for young children but USJ seems to offer that and more. There are ample rides and activities for adults, and the small details of the whole park can be appreciated by everyone.

Our first stop was at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! First we popped into the souvenir shop where I picked up a chocolate frog to send back to Joyce in England. She really wanted to go to Japan too but couldn't because of Uni. Next we headed up to Hogmeade. There's an unwritten rule that you have to try the Butter Beer if you go, so that's exactly what we did. There was a long queue (as you'd expect) but it went down quite fast. The Butter Beer itself had a subtle lemonade taste topped off with a sickeningly sweet evaporated milk froth. It took me a while to wash down. I'm so happy I got to keep the mug as a souvenir! Feeling quite happy that we'd ticked an item off our bucket list we queued for a ride called 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey'. We were queueing for about an hour and I started to wonder if it was worth it. The queue snaked around an outside replica of Hogwarts castle so at least we could take pictures while we waited. When we finally reached the front of the queue, we suddenly forgot how long the wait had been. As soon as we stepped onto the dark, cobbled floor in the entrance we were greeted by employees that were dressed in the Hogwarts uniforms! It was so cute! I wish I had taken a picture but at this point it was getting darker and the queue began to move quite fast. We were lead up a staircase and all the portraits on the wall were moving, just like in the film. I loved how they'd thought to include these details!

The ride itself was definitely worth the wait! You fly around Hogwarts and even take part in a Quiddich game. It was so much fun, even if it was slightly confusing hearing Malfoy shouting at you in Japanese.

After queueing for 'Bio-Hazard' and a few more rides we sat down and waited for the parade. We were all a bit peckish at this point so we each had a turkey leg from a nearby stall to snack on - it seems to be the norm at amusement parks in Japan!

I have to say, the parade was stunning! All of the dancers were so happy and enthusiastic. Halloween seems to be celebrated the whole of October in Japan. So they let all the people who had come dressed up to be part of the parade!

All in all it was a great trip out and the weather wasn't bad either.

14 comments :

  1. Oooooooooo you're so lucky! The parade looks incredible, I love all the bright colours!























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  2. Wow the Wizarding World in Japan looks just as amazing as the one in Florida! Great photos, the parade looked like so much fun :) Xx

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  3. Ahhh amazing! I'm planning to go with my best friend next year - maybe when the weather is a smidgen warmer! x

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  4. Looks like you had a lot of fun! I'm very jealous of your visit to the Wizarding World - I wanna go someday. Even though I don't like things that are too sweet, it's worth it to keep the butterbeer mug!

    becky ♡ star violet

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  5. Fantastic! Love the fonts for Butterbeer and Honeydukes. :)

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  6. Me too, they have a magical feel to them, don't you think? :)

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  7. Ahhh you will love it! I'm more of a savoury person too, but I was just so curious to see what it tasted like haha :)

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  8. Yeah! I think it's quite new though. It was wonderful, I think having everything outside made it seem more authentic. :)

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  9. You will seriously love it Michelle! And it's not so far for you to travel now you live in HK ;) October still felt like British summer weather to me, so I'd recommend going then if possible. :)

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  10. It was lovely! It had a really magical atmosphere! x

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  11. It was a lovely end to the day! :)

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  12. This is gorgeous Phils! So much cooler than the Harry Potter studio tour in UK! I wanna defs go visit =]

    Love Anna, The Laife Journal x

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  13. I love Japan! Hope to travel there one day.
    Your pictures are so magical! :)

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  14. Thank you Hannah! It's a wonderful place and I always felt safe whilst I was travelling there!

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