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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Osaka - Bay Area
Universal Studios Japan 
# 10   of 22 most visited
sights in Osaka

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Universal Studios Japan (USJ) was the first theme park under the Universal Studios brand to be built in Asia. Opened in March 2001 in the Osaka Bay Area, the theme park occupies an area of 39 hectares and is the most visited amusement park in Japan after Tokyo Disney Resort.

Universal Studios Japan currently has eight sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Visitors are able to enjoy many amusement rides, ranging from child-friendly carousels to thrilling roller coasters and simulators, based on popular movies such as Spiderman, Back to the Future, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park.

The theme park also offers many opportunities to take pictures with popular characters' mascots such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty and the puppets of Sesame Street. There are also various shows put on every day, including a night parade whereby illuminated floats are paraded through the streets.

Just outside the park's gates is Universal Citywalk Osaka, a shopping mall with multiple official hotels and many restaurants and shops, including stores selling Universal Studios merchandise and Osaka souvenirs. Furthermore, the Osaka Takoyaki Museum, which is essentially a collection of several popular vendors of the local dish gathered under one roof, is located on the mall's fourth floor.

Universal Citywalk Osaka

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How to get there
By train

The entrance gate of the Universal Studios Japan is located a five minute walk from Universal City Station on the JR Yumesaki Line (also referred to as JR Sakurajima Line). From Osaka Station, there are several direct trains per hour (15 minutes, 180 yen) and many more connections that require an easy transfer at Nishikujo Station. From Kansai Airport, take a JR airport rapid to Nishikujo Station and transfer to the JR Yumesaki Line to Universal City Station (75 minutes, 1190 yen).

By bus

Universal Studios Japan is connected by bus to Kansai Airport (35-75 minutes, 1550 yen, about 1 bus/hour) and Itami Airport (45 minutes, 930 yen, about 1 bus/hour). Some overnight buses from other cities across Japan also stop at the Universal Studios Japan.

By ferry

A ferry service named "Captain Line" connects the Universal Studios Japan with the Osaka Aquarium (10 minutes, 700 yen one way, 1300 yen roundtrip, 1-2 ferries per hour). A combination ticket for the aquarium and the ferry ride can be purchased for 2700 yen (one way) or 3300 yen (roundtrip).

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Hours and Fees
Hours: Varying hours, typically from 10:00 to 17:00 during low season and from 9:00 to 21:00 during peak season. Please refer to the park's official website.
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 6,980 yen (12-64 years old)
4,880 yen (4-11 years old)
6,270 yen (65 years or older)
Passes include unlimited rides and can be bought at the gate or at JR ticket counters, Lawson convenience stores, selected travel agencies and partner hotels.

Express Passes, that allow holders to skip lines for selected rides, are available for four rides (3,290 yen) or seven rides (5,040 yen) on the day of the visit at the entrance gate and inside the park. Express Passes may sell out on busy days.

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Osaka offers a wide range of accommodation for all budgets. The most convenient base for exploring the city and its surroundings is the Umeda district around JR Osaka Station. Also convenient is the Namba district, the city's prime nightlife area. The Shin-Osaka Station area does not offer much entertainment and dining options, but is most convenient for travelers using the shinkansen.
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User Ratings
Ratings for Universal Studios:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  best of Japan  
User Rating (by 175 users):
85/100
  recommended

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183.  Gion (Kyoto)   85/100
184.  Takkoku no Iwaya (Hiraizumi)   85/100
185.  Amano Iwato Shrine (Takachiho)   85/100
186.  Universal Studios (Osaka)   85/100
187.  Temple Walk (Onomichi)   85/100
188.  Rinnoji Temple (Nikko)   85/100
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204.  Kobe Beef (Kobe)   388
205.  Sapporo Station (Sapporo)   381
206.  Universal Studios (Osaka)   380
207.  Earthquake Museum (Kobe)   377
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209.  Toei Eigamura (Kyoto)   369
210.  Tokyo Motor Show (Tokyo)   368

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English Links
Universal Studios Japan
Official English website.
Kansai Airport Limousine
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Universal Studios Japan
Official website.
Universal Citywalk Osaka
Official website.
Captain Line
Official website.
Kansai Airport Limousine
Official website.

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