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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 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 that are paraded through the streets.

Just outside the park's gates is Universal Citywalk Osaka, a shopping mall with multiple official Universal 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.

Getting there and around

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, 1210 yen).

By bus

Universal Studios Japan is connected by bus to Kansai Airport (50-70 minutes, 1600 yen, 1 bus/hour) and Itami Airport (45 minutes, 940 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, 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

Hours and Fees

Hours

Varying hours, typically at least 9:00 to 19:00.
Refer to the park's official website.

Closed

No closing days

Admission

Admission fees vary depending on the date of visit:
7,800 to 9,200 yen (12-64 years old)
5,400 to 6,300 yen (4-11 years old)
7,100 to 8,300 yen (65 years or older)
Passes include unlimited rides and can be bought at the park gates, JR ticket counters, partner hotels, selected convenience stores and travel agencies, and through Klook and Voyagin.

Express Passes, that allow holders to skip lines for selected rides, are available for four rides (between 7,800 and 16,800 yen depending on the day) or seven rides (between 10,800 and 21,800 yen depending on the day) on the day of the visit at the entrance gate and inside the park. Express Passes may sell out on busy days.

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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    • Hostel Jin
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hostel Jin offers accommodation in Osaka, a minute's walk from Nishikujo Station. Guests can enjoy the on-site cafe and bar. Rooms feature a balcony. Each room has a kitchen with an electric kettle, microwave and refrigerator. The private bathroom includes a bath, shower, hairdryer and toiletries. Complimentary services include luggage storage before and after your stay, bicycle rental, and restaurant reservations upon prior request. Metro passes also available at a special price. Please contact the property for more details. Coffee is offered at an additional fee. Guests can reach Universal Studios Japan in 12 minutes via train and walk. The Namba area is a 10-minute train ride from the property, while Tsutenkaku is 20 minutes away by train and walk. Osaka Castle is a 17-minute train ride from Hostel Jin. Guests can reach Kansai Airport in 60 minutes by train and Osaka International Airport in 40 minutes by car.
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    • Guest House Yadomaru
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Osaka, within 600 metres of Tempozan Ferris Wheel and 3.1 km of Isoji Central Park, Guest House Yadomaru offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is around 3.2 km from Minato Kumin Centre, 4 km from Osaka Bay Tower and 4.3 km from Foleo Osaka Dome City. The property is situated 6 km from Hirao Park and 6 km from Chishima Park. At the guest house the rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom. Aeon Mall Osaka Dome City is 5 km from Guest House Yadomaru, while Ansei Earthquake Tsunami Monument is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Universal Port Vita
      Luxury
      Ideally located in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka, Hotel Universal Port Vita is set 2.9 km from Universal Studios Japan, 5 km from Osaka Bay Tower and 5 km from Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and ticket service, along with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Isoji Central Park is 7 km from Hotel Universal Port Vita, while Minato Kumin Centre is 7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 13 km from the accommodation.
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    • TOMARO Osaka Bay
      Mid-range
      Set in Osaka, TOMARO Osaka Bay has well-equipped accommodation boasting free WiFi, 800 metres from Tempozan Ferris Wheel and 2.8 km from Isoji Central Park. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A terrace is available on site and cycling can be enjoyed within close proximity of the aparthotel. 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, 15 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Auberge du Tanuki Noir (Maison d'H?tes)
      Mid-range
      Situated 2.4 km from Universal Studios Japan, Auberge du Tanuki Noir (Maison d'H?tes) is set in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka. The property is located 4 km from Glico Man Sign. Namba CITY shopping mall is 4.1 km from the property. At the guest house, the rooms have a wardrobe. The property offers a simple breakfast including coffee and cookies. Guests at Auberge du Tanuki Noir (Maison d'H?tes) can also enjoy a French breakfast for an additional fee upon prior request. Billboard Live Osaka is 5 km from the accommodation, while Shinsekai is 5 km away. Osaka Itami Airport is 23 minutes away by train, while Kansai International Airport is 55 minutes away by train from the property.
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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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