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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 2001 in the Osaka Bay Area, the theme park has been expanded over the years and is the most visited amusement park in Japan after Tokyo Disney Resort.

Universal Studios Japan currently has ten sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland, Minion Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Super Nintendo World. 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.

In addition to rides, the theme park offers many opportunities to take pictures with popular characters' mascots such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty and the Muppets. There are also various shows put on every day, including a night parade featuring illuminated floats.

Just outside the park's gates is Universal Citywalk Osaka, a shopping mall with multiple 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 takoyaki vendors, is located on the mall's fourth floor.

Getting there and around

By train

The park's entrance gate 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, 1210 yen).

By bus

Universal Studios Japan is connected by bus to Kansai Airport (50-70 minutes, 1600 yen, hourly) and Itami Airport (45 minutes, 940 yen, hourly). 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, 800 yen one way, 1500 yen roundtrip, 1-2 ferries per hour). A combination ticket for the aquarium and the ferry ride can be purchased for 2900 yen (one way) or 3600 yen (roundtrip).

How to get to and around Osaka

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Hotels around Osaka

    • Kaneyoshi Ryokan
      A modern Japanese inn in Dotombori. the center of Osaka. 2 subway stations nearby. Close to many shops and Osaka Castle.
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    • Hotel Universal Port Vita
      Luxury
      Ideally located in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka, Hotel Universal Port Vita is a 4-minute walk from Universal Studios Japan, 4 km from Osaka Bay Tower and 6 km from Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Featuring a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms at Hotel Universal Port Vita come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are willing to help at any time of the day. Isoji Central Park is 4 km from Hotel Universal Port Vita, while Minato Kumin Centre is 4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 16 km from the hotel.
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    • LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
      Luxury
      LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN features air-conditioned rooms with satellite flat-screen TV in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and ticket service, along with free WiFi. The hotel has a garden and provides a terrace. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All units will provide guests with a fridge. A continental breakfast is available daily at LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN. Universal Studios Japan is 3.1 km from the accommodation, while Tempozan Ferris Wheel is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 22 km from LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN.
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    • Guest House Rice Chikko
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Rice Chikko is located in Osaka and features free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and shared lounge. The property is located 7 km from Namba Station and Glico Man Sign. All rooms in the guest house are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The shared bathroom is equipped with free toiletries. Guest House Rice Chikko is a 30-minute train ride or a 15-minute drive away from Universal Studios Japan. Shinsaibashi Station is 7 km from Guest House Rice Chikko, while Shinsekai is 7 km away. INTEX Osaka is 2 km away, while Kyocera Dome Osaka is 4.4 km away. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 15 km from the property.
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    • Hotel Universal Port
      Luxury
      Hotel Universal Port is a 4-minute walk from Universal Studios Japan and a 20-minute drive from Osaka Station. It offers 1 restaurants, and rooms with free WiFi. Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, an electric kettle and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Hairdryers, slippers and bath amenities including a toothbrush set are provided. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Restaurant Port Dining Rico Rico serves a variety of buffet dishes for breakfast. Universal Port Hotel is a 20-minute ride from Shin-Osaka Station and Umeda Station. It is a 15-minute drive from Kaiyukan and a 25-minute train ride from Namba Station.
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    • The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan
      Luxury
      Having had its grand opening on 1 August 2015, The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan is the newest official Universal Studios Japan hotel, situated within a minutes’ walk from the theme park gate. Both Universal City Station and the Universal City Walk Osaka are within a minutes’ walk from the property. The hotel features private parking, various cafes, restaurants and shops on site, as well as free WiFi access in all areas. Universal City Station is a 12-minute ride from JR Osaka Station via train, and a 20-minute ride from JR Shin-Osaka Station, where bullet train access is provided. The limousine bus service from Osaka International Airport to the property takes 45-minutes. From Kansai International Airport, the limousine bus will take 70-minutes. By car, it is around a 20-minute drive from Osaka via the Hanshin Express Way. The hotel features a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and massage services, and a coin laundry service is available at an extra cost on the 2nd floor. In addition, guests will find a caf?, a pancake shop, a pizza restaurant and a convenience store all within the property premises. All rooms are furnished with an air purifier/moisturizer and are air-conditioned with a flat-screen satellite TV, desk and seating area. The en suite bathroom features a private bath and shower. Free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer is provided. Rooms are also soundproof and feature refrigerators as well as personal lockers. The on-site restaurant Buffet Dining Akala has a Hawaiian themed interior and serves a wide array of international cuisine, including Chinese, Western and Japanese dishes. The restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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    • TOMARO Osaka Bay
      Mid-range
      Set in Osaka, 800 metres from Tempozan Ferris Wheel and 2.8 km from Isoji Central Park, TOMARO Osaka Bay offers accommodation with free WiFi and a terrace. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible in the surroundings and the aparthotel can arrange a bicycle rental service. Minato Kumin Centre is 2.8 km from TOMARO Osaka Bay, while Osaka Bay Tower is 3.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 23 km from the accommodation.
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    • USJに一番近いゲストハウス J-Hoppers Osaka Universal
      Budget-friendly
      Just a 15-minute walk to Universal Studios Japan, USJに一番近いゲストハウス J-Hoppers Osaka Universal offers private and dormitory rooms with air conditioning. The hostel features free WiFi, 24-hour shared shower rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and a lounge room with a variety of board games. JR Ajikawaguchi Station is a 5-minute walk away. Beds in dormitory rooms come with a curtain to secure your privacy, while a reading light, power outlet and a security deposit box are also provided. Private rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring, bunk beds as well as futon bedding. Toilets and shower rooms are shared. Towels are provided at a surcharge. The shared kitchen is equipped with fridges, microwaves, toasters and electric kettles. Complementary coffee, tea and green tea are provided in the kitchen. There are coin-operated laundry machines and dryers for your convenience. There are some restaurants and a convenience store within a short walk from the hostel. The nearest Ajikawaguchi Station can be reached in 10 minutes from Osaka Station, and in 20 minutes from Shin Osaka Bullet Train Station.
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    • Universal Bay Condominium
      Mid-range
      In the Osaka Bay district of Osaka, close to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Universal Bay Condominium features a terrace and a washing machine. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi. The air-conditioned apartment consists of 3 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a kettle, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub and slippers. Towels and bed linen are provided. Isoji Central Park is 3.5 km from the apartment, while Minato Kumin Centre is 3.5 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 24 km from Universal Bay Condominium.
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    • THE SINGULARI HOTEL & SKYSPA at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
      Luxury
      The Singulari Hotel & Skyspa at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN TM is an official affiliate of Universal Studios Japan (R). Directly connected to JR Universal City Station, guests can enjoy convenient access to Universal Studios Japan (R) and Osaka city centre. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. For guests' comfort, all rooms are equipped with Simmons mattresses. A clothes rack, sofa bed, electric kettle, hairdryer, toothbrush and slippers are provided. Some rooms have large windows featuring Osaka bay views. Dry cleaning service can be requested for an additional charge. The Skyspa which features an open-air bath and a sauna is located on the 14th floor and is free for all guests to view the Osaka waterfront. The on-site restaurant offers buffet breakfast for an additional cost. JR Osaka Station is a 12-minute train ride from the hotel, while Namba Station is a 35-minute train ride and walk away. The closest airport is Itami Airport which is 30 minutes drive away from the property.
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    • Quintessa Hotel Osaka Bay
      Luxury
      Open from August 2016, Quintessa Hotel Osaka Bay is located a 32-minute train ride from JR Osaka Station. It features rooms furnished with modern interior, a restaurant and free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. The hotel operates a free shuttle service to/from Universal Studios Japan?, Osaka Station and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. The smoke-free rooms come with a flat-screen TV, fridge and an electric kettle with tea bags. The en suite bathroom comes with free toiletries, slippers, toothbrush sets and a hairdryer. The 24-hour front desk offers free luggage storage and safety deposit service. There is also a drinks vending machine for the guests' convenience. A wide range of dishes are served at the buffet restaurant, and drinks can be enjoyed at the on-site bar. Osaka Castle can be reached with a 30-minute drive while Universal Studios Japan is a 47-minute train ride from Quintessa Hotel Osaka Bay. Kansai International Airport is a 68-minute ride on the Nankai-Limited Express.
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