Universal Studios Japan

Osaka Area Guide: USJ ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka opened in 2001 and is similar to Universal Orlando Resort in the USA and it contains many of the same rides.

USJ was the first theme park under the Universal Studios franchise to open in Asia and is popular with Japanese visitors as well as tourists from China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

USJ is the second most popular theme park in Japan after Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba just outside Tokyo.

Universal Studios Japan, USJ, Osaka.
Universal Studios Japan (USJ), Osaka
Universal Studios Japan, USJ, Osaka.
Universal Studios Japan (USJ), Osaka

USJ Attractions

USJ currently has eight sections: Amity Village, Hollywood, Jurassic Park, New York, San Francisco, Waterworld, Universal Wonderland and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The various rollercoaster rides at USJ are based on such films as Back to the Future, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Spiderman, Terminator 2 plus a Hollywood Dream ride.

Universal Wonderland is your chance to interact with famous characters such as Hello Kitty, Snoopy and the cast from Sesame Street.

There are a number of shows on throughout the day each lasting about 30 minutes. These include Terminator 2:3D, Waterworld, Sesame Street, Shrek and Backdraft. After dark enjoy a nighttime parade and illuminations show featuring characters from such movies as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Arabian Nights and Cinderella.

Each section has its own restaurants matched to fit the theme and there's lots of choice: Chinese, New York pizza, French, 1950's American and, of course, English beer and fish and chips in the Harry Potter section.

Universal Citywalk Osaka is a large mall just outside USJ and includes a number of shops and restaurants selling signature Osaka dishes such as takoyaki as well as souvenir stores.

Universal Studios Japan, USJ, Osaka.
Universal Studios Japan (USJ), Osaka
Universal Studios Japan, USJ, Osaka.
Universal Studios Japan (USJ), Osaka

Universal Studios Japan Hotels

There are a growing number of hotels congregated around Universal Studios Japan including the Park Front Hotel, Hotel Kintetsu Universal City, Hotel Universal Port, Hotel Keihan Universal Tower and Hotel Keihan Universal City.

Universal Studios Japan, USJ, Osaka.
Universal Studios Japan (USJ), Osaka

Access - how to get to USJ

USJ can be reached by direct train from Osaka Station in Umeda taking about 15 minutes. Alternatively change at Nishikujo Station (on the Osaka Loop Line) to the Yumesaki Line for Universal City Station.

From Osaka Namba Station, Nishikujo Station is an 8 minute ride on the Hanshin Namba Line.

From JR Nara Station take a JR Yamatoji Line train and change at Shin-Imamiya for the Osaka Loop Line for Nishikujo Station.

From Kansai International Airport (KIX) take an express train to Nishikujo Station and change.

A ferry boat service, called Captain Line, runs between USJ and Osaka Aquarium in Tempozan, taking about 10 minutes to make the crossing.

There are buses to USJ from KIX and Itami Airport as well as direct highway buses from many places in Japan including Nagoya, Tokorozawa and Tokyo.

2-1-33 Sakurajima
Konohana-ku, Osaka
Osaka Prefecture 554-0031

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