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 one of the most visited amusement parks in Japan.

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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 the Minions, Shrek 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, 190 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, 1800 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, 900 yen one way, 1700 yen roundtrip, 1-2 ferries per hour). A combination ticket for the aquarium and the ferry ride can be purchased for 3400 yen (one way) or 4200 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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    • Guest House Yadomaru
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, Guest House Yadomaru is set in Osaka, 500 metres from Tempozan Ferris Wheel and 3.1 km from Isoji Central Park. The air-conditioned accommodation is 3.2 km from Minato Kumin Centre. Aeon Mall Osaka Dome City is 6.1 km from the guest house and Hirao Park is 6.1 km away. Featuring a shared bathroom, units at the guest house also feature free WiFi. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Universal Studios Japan is 6.4 km from the guest house, while Chishima Park is 6.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 27 km from Guest House Yadomaru.
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    • HOTEL SAILS
      Luxury
      Located in Osaka and with Tempozan Ferris Wheel reachable within 500 metres, HOTEL SAILS provides a restaurant, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a bar. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Aeon Mall Osaka Dome City is 5.8 km away and Universal Studios Japan is 6 km from the hotel. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. At HOTEL SAILS each room comes with bed linen and towels. Buffet and American breakfast options are available daily at the accommodation. Isoji Central Park is 2.8 km from HOTEL SAILS, while Minato Kumin Centre is 2.8 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 26 km from the hotel.
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    • LIBER HOTEL Osaka
      Luxury
      LIBER HOTEL Osaka 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 Osaka. Theme park 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 Osaka.
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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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    • 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
      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 within 800 metres of Tempozan Ferris Wheel and 2.8 km of Isoji Central Park, TOMARO Osaka Bay offers rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Osaka. Boasting full-day security, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with walk-in shower, bidet and slippers, while the kitchenette has a microwave, a fridge and a stovetop. Units are equipped with a dressing room. At the aparthotel, the units include bed linen and towels. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at this 3-star aparthotel. Minato Kumin Centre is 2.8 km from the aparthotel, while Aeon Mall Osaka Dome City is 5.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 26 km from TOMARO Osaka Bay.
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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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    • PORTA INN bentencho
      Mid-range
      Featuring free WiFi and a shared lounge, Porta Inn is set in Osaka, 4 km from Universal Studios Japan. Built in 2018, the property is within 4 km of Glico Man Sign and 4.3 km of Namba CITY shopping mall. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service for guests. At the hotel, rooms have a desk and a flat-screen TV. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom with a bath. All units have a wardrobe. Billboard Live Osaka is 4.9 km from PORTA INN, while Shinsekai is 5.4 km away. Itami Airport is 16 km from the property.
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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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